If you're renting your home, you may not want to invest too much money in decorating because you might not be there long enough to make it worthwhile - and who knows what will work in the next space.
So, if you're a renter (or if you're just on a tight budget) here are five tips for decorating on a budget:1. Keep it neutral
Neutral paint colors make it easier to create a polished and pulled-together look using what you've got. And neutral furniture is more likely to find its place in your next home (or to sell quickly on Craigslist or Kijiji).
Neutral room designs featured in Lonnymag's image gallery
2. Create a feature wall using wallpaper.
There are lots of great inexpensive wallpapers out there and doing just one wall can create a major impact for a minor cost.
This bedroom was featured in our Small Space Style
segment with Style at Home editor Erin McLaughlin; Julien Macdonald Dazzle wallcoverings
$69.00 per roll at Home Depot. 3. Mix big-box store and DIY finds
Big box retailers like Ikea usually carry a few extra stylish pieces that are similar to more expensive designer items, like this Docksta table and set of 4 Tobias chairs
sold at Ikea for $625.00.
Mix these items with DIY finds that you can breathe new life into with sanding and paint. We often find items to upcycle on Craigslist or Kijiji for free or very cheap.
These budget furniture finds are featured in our article on decorating a Chic Urban Space
This upcycle DIY is one of many featured on popular design blog Design Sponge
. 4. Use inexpensive art prints
Nowadays it's easy to find art you love for cheap on sites like Etsy
and they can really add life and personality to your walls. The inspiration photo on the left is from Lonnymag
but the Olunda
print on the right is from Ikea and comes framed for $59.99.
The small gallery of white frames is from our From Neutral to Lively
segment and the gallery wall and Etsy art print below it are from our segment on buying Inexpensive Art Online
. 5. Group books and accessories as décor
Time for a trip to HomeSense
! Using your books as a base, then layering fun and inexpensive accessories - both vintage and from discount retailers like HomeSense - is a great way to create interesting vignettes in your home. Best of all, these items are easy to switch around every so often and re-use in your future homes.