So the change of seasons invites you to spruce up a room but graduations, weddings, and bar mitzvahs are draining your disposable income. Never fear!  You can spruce up any room at a low cost. There are many things you can do without having to spend a lot of money. Many of the items you can purchase to liven up a room include paint, cheap artwork, and rugs.

See the fabulous round floor lamps in the above photo?! They are available at  The first thing you should do when you are budgeting your decorating and design for inside your home is know how much money you have to spend. You need to determine a payment plan or how much money you have for the room or space you want to decorate. Be sure to include the costs for accessories in the room also. has the best in designer lighting including rugs and mirrors too!

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When you are decorating on a budget you need to focus on one room at a time. It is hard to complete the entire home at once so your best option is to decorate each room separately. You can prioritize which rooms you would like to focus on first and begin with them. Before you make any purchases on the interior design and schemes you have decided upon you should view the colors in your home with the different light schemes in the room. Be sure to view the colors you choose with natural light coming into the room and with lamps or the bulbs you will choose to light the room with.

You may completely disagree with the color schemes once you have decorated and then have to spend more money to change what you have decided upon. You should also think about the decorating and design you are going to do in the rooms of your home if you don’t plan to be there for a long time.

You don’t want to spend a lot of money for major changes to the rooms. You should buy items that will spruce up the room and give you the look and feel you enjoy but that you can take with you when you go. You don’t want to be decorating each room every time you move.id102

You can decorate on a budget. You don’t have to have a lot of money to decorate your home with style. Decorating can be expensive so there are several things you should think about to keep your budget as low as possible. The cheapest thing to give a room a facelift is to paint! And it gives the most bang for its buck! Sometimes a change in color is all we need to feel good about a space.

White walls can be very boring in a new apartment or home. You might not have a lot of money to spend for decorating or design but you need to do something. Painting the walls can make a really big difference in a room. If you move into an apartment, you can paint the walls but may have to paint back white when you move out. Some people favor faux painting because it looks as if the paint changes the texture in the walls. Finding the right paint can create a mood in the room you are looking for that is pleasurable and calming.

Adding a painting to a wall makes a statement. You can find cheap artwork for your wall that says something about you. Adding a painting to a wall to create a focal point in a room usually works very well.  It will surprise you to see the difference a picture or a painting makes in a room.

Adding a colorful rug to a drab room will make an amazing difference with the look and feel. A rug can brighten up and make the room look brand new. Grab a spectacular rug from!

It’s this cool, cold, lack of micro decor that might make for a nice house, but not a sanctuary.

Depending on the style of your furniture, you might consider an area rug as your center point in the room. You will be surprised with the difference you can make by laying out an area rug. And, if there’s carpet, lay an area rug over the carpet. My formal living room currently has beige wall to wall carpet with a burgundy Victorian area rug and it looks great!

So you see, there are many ways you can decorate your home when you are on a budget. You don’t have to have a lot of money to make your home look nice and stylish.  Start looking at thrift shops, second hand stores and estate sales! When you are on a budget,  it is hard to find the best so you have to be flexible. My latest book, Designed to Inspire is a great read for fantastic decorating ideas , how to’s and inspiration filled pages!  Visit

You can shop at second hand stores and find really nice furniture, paintings, rugs, and more. If you are willing to shop used it will surprise you some of the neat items you can find at these places that you can use that will make your home look fabulous. You might also want to think about finding less than perfect merchandise. You can go to furniture stores and find defective furniture that is still brand new for very low prices. Some of the furniture might have a scratch that is barely noticeable- at an excellent price. Some of the furniture you cannot even see the defect and it is brand new. When you are on a budget you have to think cheap. Use your friends and family members to help you and find low cost items that are not so perfect or second hand.

If you are hoping to redecorate your home but you are on a tight budget then don’t worry about hiring someone to come in and help you. This is where your family and friends can come in and assist.

You can even hold a party to help you with the efforts of painting, laying tile, or anything else you have in mind. Friends and family are always willing to come and help with a decoration project especially if you provide the food and drinks! They usually will never say no.

Written by Kecia Clarke