Easy, Cheap Decorating Ideas
By Elizabeth Brownfield
Easy, cheap decorating ideas! Redecorating a room is one of the best ways to breathe new life into your surroundings — and help you feel more energized. But the word “redecorate” can be intimidating; dollar signs start popping into your head, as does your packed schedule, leaving you wondering where you’ll find the time or money.
Fortunately, you can redecorate on a budget — one of money and time. There are plenty of easy, quick, and cheap ideas to decorate and change a space, says Stacey McGarity, a partner in the interior design firm Acquisitions for the Home in New York City. Check out her easy low-cost, high-impact decorating strategies:
1. Embrace Accessories
“Swapping out items like decorative pillows and a vase can transform the look and feel of any room in five minutes,” McGarity says. A new or different rug also achieves that fresh feeling.
Keep the old items on hand and you’ll swap them in mid-year for an easy way to create two seasonal looks. Pillow covers versus new pillows help keep costs down, and not using the same rug year-round means both last twice as long. For warmer months, try a sisal rug and cotton pillows. When the temperature drops, go for a darker, patterned rug and pillow covers in lush velvet.
2. Rethink Artwork