Redecorating Tips That Won't Break The Bank

by Toria Sheffield

If you're like me, sometimes a room can just seem stale. And yet replacing all the furniture, decorations, and accent pieces isn't exactly economically feasible. The good news is there are ways to revamp a room on a tight budget that can completely reinvigorate a space — without breaking the bank.

I recently got an extremely strong urge to move apartments. I'd look around my living room and just feel an overwhelming desire for change. However, because moving isn't a feasible option for me right now, I took that energy and used it to simply rearrange the furniture.

And the results were kind of amazing. A few simple changes — that cost me zero dollars — completely altered my feelings about the space. I not only liked my living room again, but I was now excited to come home to it and spend time there each day. It truly proved to me that changing the feel of a room absolutely doesn't have to cost a lot of money, and a few extremely simple additions and alterations can go a very long way in making a room feel new and fresh.

If you're feeling like your home space is getting stale, but you're not exactly ready to run out and spend hundreds of dollars on new stuff, here are 11 super effective ways to redecorate a room on a budget.

1. Opt For Stick-On Wallpaper

Brick Wall Paper — Peel And Stick, $35,

Stick-on wall paper is an amazingly cheap alternative to traditional wall paper and gives you a ton more pattern variety than simply painting. You can find stick-on wallpaper in retro florals, faux hard wood, or even brick.

2. Grab Some Decals

Red Branch Wall Decals, $20.99,

If you're not in the mood to rework a whole wall with stick-on wallpaper, decals might be the option for you. You can get a few extremely simple stickers that will completely invigorate a room without having to devote a ton of time to applying them.

3. Change Up The Pillows and Throws

Poolside Splash Pillow Cover, $16.50,

You'd be amazed at how much switching out your throw pillows and throws can change a space. I find that most of us get so used to the ones we own that simply getting new ones feel like a significant difference. And I actually like to alternate my throws between seasons, sticking to a nautical one for summer and changing it out to a cozy, more earthy-toned throw for fall and winter.

4. Replace The Rug

Hand-Woven Zoey Chevron Reversible Fleetwood Rug, $33.99,

Much like the pillows and throws, a rug is another cost-efficient change you can make that totally changes the feel of a space. And much like with throws, I have a cozy "winter" and a light "summer" rug that I like to switch out as the seasons change. It always makes me feel like I've done some drastic when really it's the easiest thing ever.

5. Don't Forget The Flowers

I can't rave about flowers enough. Seriously, whether they're fresh, dried, or straight up fake, a vase of flowers instantly adds an extra touch to any room and gives it an extra boost. Plus, you can change them up as often as your want.

6. Rearrange The Furniture

A compilation piece for the AllWomensTalk Lifestyle section recommended simply rearranging the furniture, noting that if you don't like the results it's totally okay because you haven't spent a dime. And as I said before, I can personally vouch for this method — it revolutionized the feel of my living room.

7. Create A Gallery Wall

Home decor author and blogger Laura Putnam recommended using your wall space, or "gallery walls" in a piece on her site about simple ways to decorate your home. "Gallery walls have become very popular over the last few years. The great thing about them is that pretty much every single one of them is different," Putnam said.

8. Get Creative With Lighting

On her website, lifestyle blogger and YouTuber ClutterBug recommended simply switching up the lighting in the room. She specifically recommended mixing up natural and artificial lighting, and choosing, "attractive, task-oriented floor and table lamps that are interesting to look at, even when they’re off, and try wall sconces for added visual appeal." I personally also think that candles are a super simple and cost-efficient way to boost the ambiance.

9. Paint

OK, this one might seem obvious, but seriously, if you have the time and the will, there's really nothing that will change the feel of a space like a new wall color. And as much work as it might sound like, painting a single room will likely only take an afternoon. So think about it!

10. Change Out The Curtains

Liz Claiborne® Gallery Scroll Rod-Pocket Curtain Panel, $27.99,

Clutterbug also reminded us that new curtains will give a space an instant lift and reboot. And combining new curtains with new throw pillows and a new rug will make the space feel like brand spanking new.

11. Throw Stuff Out

Pushboy Pin, $144,

This last tip from Good Housekeeping might not seem like all that big a deal, but I promise it is perhaps one of the most important things you can do when it comes to reinvigorating a space. Take an honest assessment of all your clutter and knicknacks and take a day to get ride of everything you don't use or need. You'll feel so much better, I promise.

Redecorating a room doesn't have to put you out hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars. It can seriously be as easy as taking care of clutter and moving some chairs. Just keep some of the above tips in mind and say hello to a brand new space.

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