I love most things decorating. I would spend way too much time and money on decorating, if I had a huge excess of either time or money, that is.
If you get giddy over a cute print or a beautiful bowl placed just right or a pretty pillow, then we are kindred spirits.
Read on for some of my favorite frugal decorating tips.
- Spring is in the air! Put flowers, branches or even cool leaves (think hostas) in a mason jar or get creative with containers you already have, such as a glass or tall, narrow pot. Read a tutorial for making mason jar frog lids that you can reuse. Putting these in unexpected places like the bathroom or by your bed will bring cheer. Ordinary plants become interesting in small cuttings displayed in a small vase or jar.
- Free printables abound on the internet. I have an 8×10 frame that I display these in. Once I print the page, I can save it and change it out with the seasons. To keep them organized, I save them as I come across them in a folder called ‘Art Work’ on my computer, and store the sheets that I have printed, but am not using, in one spot. Check out this collection of free printables for some inspiration.
- Display dishes. Put pretty bowls, platters, and other dishes out for display on an end table, coffee table, book case or shelf. I like to rotate dishes on my dining room table and kitchen island, too. Use smaller dishes to hold paper clips on a desk area or a serving dish to corral items by an entry point.
- Plant edibles as decoration. Last year I was without a garden due to some pending yard work. Instead of planting flowers in the pots in front of my house, I planted tomatoes, basil, chives, thyme and lettuce. They were beautiful and edible, saving me money at the grocery store. I am doing it again this year, just to get the most bang for my buck! I figure I am buying a plant either way, we might as well be able to eat it.
- Spray painting items is a very inexpensive way to add color and charm and to change things up a bit. Metal and wood are great mediums and a can of good quality spray paint only runs about $6. Fun items to go bold with are small tables, lamp bases, light fixtures or chairs.
- Display sentimental items. I enjoy looking at a frame filled with my grandma’s favorite recipes (written in her handwriting) and a plaque that I got from my Dad. These things were free, but add history and character to our home and remind my kids of those who have gone before them.
- Switch it up. I have a rug that I love in my entry way. It is aqua and shaggy and just fun. A couple of years ago, I rolled it up because the dogs were getting it quite dirty with spring mud. It turned out that it was a nice change of pace to have the bare floor clear for the summer. Now I remove it each summer and enjoy the change of pace. You could get the same effect by moving around (or removing) pillows, vases, wall hangings or curtains.
Even if money is particularly tight, you can still tidy up and make your house feel like a home.