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Cheap and Chic Home Decorating Ideas

Cheap and Chic Home Decorating Ideas

If you’re on the hunt for ways to upgrade the look of your living space without dropping tons of cash, you’ve come to the right place.

Creating a unique, comfortable look that reflects exactly what you want doesn’t have to be expensive, confusing or a ton of work. It’s actually really fun! We’ve come up with a few ideas to help get you started:

5 Cheap and Chic Home Decorating Ideas

1. Go for a new color scheme

The first order of business is to choose color schemes or palettes you want to see in each room throughout your spaces.

A good rule of thumb is 60 percent one color, 30 percent another, and 10 percent of an accent color. Typically, the largest spread of color goes on your walls, the middle spread would be for your furniture and the smallest amount of color would go on throw pillows or items throughout the space.

For more ideas and inspiration, check out this awesome color tool provided by Adobe. Once you have determined the colors you want to use, you can begin planning your upgrades accordingly.

2. Decoupage older items for a fresh look

There are very few things you can’t use this technique on, but for everything else, there’s Mod Podge!

It acts as both a glue and a sealant, dries clear and resists damage. You can update the look of picture frames, lamp shades, table tops, flower pots, and even drawer knobs with this stuff.

The only other supplies you will need are foam brushes, scrapbooking or decoupage paper or fabric of your choice.

3. Decorate with fabrics

A quick glance around your apartment or home will clue you in on just how much fabric is around you. From chairs to couches to curtains, there are many updatable pieces to choose from.

If you want to change the look of a chair, you can reupholster it in your fabric of choice. All Things Thrifty has a spectacular tutorial on how it’s done.

Another option, especially if you aren’t able to paint your walls, is to hang fabric as if they were faux curtains. Simply measure your walls, choose your fabric from a craft store, pick up some heavy duty nails or pins and attach the fabric to the walls.

4. Picture frames and a gallery wall

Frames aren’t just for pictures; you can create unique wall designs using frames of multiple sizes and colors. Fill them with typography prints from your favorite Etsy shops, creative shots you took yourself or pictures of cats.

As long as you like it, it’s awesome!

5. Accessorize with interesting pieces

You can make an old room become new the same way you would update an older outfit–with accessories! Scope out local thrift shops, yard sales and HomeGoods stores to find bold, trendy pieces to transform your space.

Think oversized vases, quirky bookshelves, antique lamp bases or fun-shaped mirrors. In this category, anything goes.

You don’t have to be especially artistic or crafty to create a gorgeous, relaxing environment for yourself. Take a trip to a craft store or browse Pinterest for inspiration!

About the Author

Nicole Booz

Nicole Booz is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of GenTwenty, GenThirty, and The Capsule Collab. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is the author of The Kidult Handbook (Simon & Schuster May 2018). She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s probably hiking, eating brunch, or planning her next great adventure.


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