14 Ways to Spruce Up Your Home on a Budget
We’ve all experienced that feeling of being uninspired by our home — whether it’s a drab dorm room or a house you’ve cherished for years.
It’s natural to want to refresh things every now and then. But sometimes, your ideas are bigger than your budget.
No worries. We’ve got 14 ways you can spruce up your home on a budget. Read on!
1. Restyle your bookshelves
Your bookshelves can be so much more than a place to store your books. Use them to infuse new color into your home, and show off your personal style. Try:
Organizing your books by color
Using keepsakes or artwork as bookends
Painting the backs of your bookshelves or applying removable wallpaper or Washi tape
Playing around with different stacking options for versatility
2. Enhance your space with a mirror
Mirrors can make a small space look much bigger, which makes them perfect for styling an apartment, dorm room, or tight hallway.
Lean a full-length mirror against a wall. Or, add visual intrigue with a set of smaller mirrors with unique frames you can nail to your wall.
3. Explore your favorite scents
Is there anything cozier than the scent of your grandma’s famous fresh-baked cookies?
Scent can be transformative, so use it to give your home a makeover on the cheap. You can use incense, candles, room fresheners, or diffusers.
If you’re a BzzAgent, you might even score your home fragrance products for free. Our product reviewers have received free candles, plugins, sprays, and more from Glade.
4. Accent your space with lights
Just like scent, light is powerful. Even a new desk lamp can make your home office feel brighter and cozier.
Depending on your budget, you might splurge on a new lamp for your bedroom, or simply add a little mood lighting with white string lights.
5. Paint your front door or an accent wall
Repainting your entire home can be costly, but painting your front door or an accent wall is much more affordable — and much more stylish!
If you’re not confident with your painting skills, that’s okay. Spruce things up with wall stencils or decals instead.
6. Go green with plants
As natural air purifiers, plants help your home look and breathe better.
Plus, there are so many plants you can choose from, from windowsill herbs and succulents to hanging ivies and potted ferns.
7. Frame your own art
Who said you had to buy expensive wall art? Not us!
Whether you love to paint or you’re learning calligraphy, we bet you have an artistic side you can show off. When you frame your own masterpieces, all you have to pay for are the frames and the materials.
If you’re a BzzAgent, you might not even have to pay for the materials. From watercolor kits to pencils and paper, Winsor & Newton loves sharing their products with the Hive in exchange for their honest review. Sign up to be a product reviewer.
8. Replace your hardware and handles
Want to give your cabinets a new look? Sometimes all it takes is some new hardware.
Choose between knobs vs. handles, vintage vs. modern, and repurposed vs. brand new. You can replace hardware in all sorts of places, including your door handles, cabinets, and even your dressers and drawers!
9. Put up some floating shelves
Floating shelves are an affordable and efficient way to make a room instantly more interesting. You can adorn them with books, picture frames, art, or glassware. Try an asymmetrical placement for a modern look.
10. Swap out your throw pillows or blankets
For a quick refresh of your living room, change up the throw pillows and blankets on your sofa. It’s much cheaper than getting new furniture!
Pro Tip: Replace them with each new season to keep things fun and fresh.
11. Refresh your bedding
Give your bedroom a makeover with new bedding. As the centerpiece of the room, you’d be surprised how a new quilt or comforter gives the space a whole new look!
If you’re a BzzAgent, you might be able to get that comforter for free. Check out this down comforter our BzzAgents reviewed last year:
A few lucky BzzAgents even got a brand new mattress, totally for free! All they had to do was share their honest review.
12. Hang up new window treatments
Similar to walls, you can think of windows as empty spaces just waiting for you to spruce them up.
Hang curtains higher to create the illusion of depth and lengthen your room. For small or narrow windows, repurpose an old scarf as a curtain for the ultimate DIY budget saver.
13. Clear clutter with a bulletin board
Clutter is rarely charming. Clear up your entryway by hanging a bulletin board or cork hexagons.
Add hooks so you can hang your keys, coats, and backpack. Extra points if you add a box to store mail and to-do lists!
14. Restyle with a rug or two
Spice up a room with a brand new rug. You can play with different textures, colors, and patterns to find the perfect fit for your home.
Area rugs can soften a large space, while accent rugs can liven up your entryway. And you’d be surprised how much a new bath or kitchen mat can help things feel homey again!
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