I’ll be the first to admit that I like to think of my home as my sanctuary. When it came to decorating our space, it was really important to me that it looked and felt relaxing, timeless, and of course, comfortable. That said, when Matt and I started decorating, I found that I had to pick and choose certain items based on our budget. I found that spending more on larger, more stationary items and saving on accessories was the perfect way to make our space look cohesive and beautiful – without sacrificing style. And now that I look at our home, I’m happy to report that having a space you love doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag.
If you’re looking to freshen up your space without breaking your budget, read on.
5 Best Ways to Accessorize your Home on a Budget
I really believe that pillows add so much personality to a space. They create dimension, can add color and they’re such a simple way to make a statement. When it comes to budget-friendly options, I love Etsy for unique, hard-to-find prints and colors, Studio McGee for design-focused patterns and textures, and Lulu & Georgia for high-end pillows on sale (they often send emails out for 25% off, and I always make sure to browse the site then).
As the cooler temps approach, I find that I’m always snuggled on the couch with a super-cozy blanket wrapped around me. I LOVE Amber Interiors for outside-the-box printed blankets and Restoration Hardware for high-quality, luxuriously soft fabrics. But both are a bit on the pricier side. If you’re looking for something a little more budget-conscious, Target’s Threshold line has gorgeous (and so soft!) blankets that I’ve already collected to layer around our space. Also, I love World Market for bold, worldly patterns.
While I don’t love having too many, I think it adds such a nice personal touch to place photos of family and friends around my space. I tend to keep them on a console table I have next to my dining table. I love printing photos of really special memories in my home and remembering those moments every time I walk by. It always seems to put a smile on my face. When it comes to framing, I love Framebridge. Their frames are not only reasonably priced, but they’re stylish too. Plus, the selection is huge, so there’s something for every space and style.
Real life plants add instant ease to every space. Score a super-cool pot for ‘em and it makes the look even better. Matt and I are lucky to live close to the LA Flower Market, so when we moved in, we made a trip downtown and picked up some amazing Fiddle Fig trees and succulents. The flower market’s prices are significantly less than most of the nurseries in our area. So it gave us a little more wiggle room to spend on beautiful pots. West Elm has some gorgeous mid-century style ceramic pots. But we also found a few at Target that look incredibly high-end in my opinion.
Painting is one of the most budget-friendly ways to update a home. Whether you’re looking to paint a simple accent wall (this can be done with one can of paint!), or go all out and paint your entire home or apartment. Paint is about $30 a can and makes a serious impact in the overall mood and feel of a space.
Last but not least, sign up for the newsletters on your favorite home décor sites to score first dibs on sales and promotions. Oh – and don’t be afraid to go second hand. Because each and every one of these items are so unique. Also, they’re the most conversational when we have guests over. They always seem to spark conversation, and I love telling our guests where each item originated and the story behind it.
Do you have any tips on decorating your home on a budget? I’d love to hear them in the comment section below.