DIY Hacks to Decorate Your House Without Breaking the Bank

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Choosing how to decorate your home can be a challenge. On the one hand, you want everything to showcase your personality while looking fantastic. On the other, not everyone has the budget to purchase designer pieces to make their home look magazine-ready.

Fortunately, there are plenty of affordable DIY interior design projects and hacks.

Here are some of the best DIY hacks for decorating your home without breaking the bank.

Create a Gallery Wall

Creating a gallery wall is a fantastic way to set the tone for your living area while adding a designer touch. Think beyond simple framed photographs and consider how to make this wall into a large-scale scrapbook page.

You can use old family photos in the kitchen, surrounding them with hand-written recipe cards and your grandmother’s rolling pin on a hook mount. In the living room, take a whimsical approach with assorted vintage mirrors, hats, or trinkets from your travels. You can highlight your children’s photos with handprints and framed drawings.

When it comes to creating a gallery wall, the only limitation is your imagination.

Upcycle Thrift Finds

There are treasures aplenty at your local thrift shop. The key to finding them is thinking about their potential rather than focusing on how they look right now. 

Find some interesting, gaudy trinkets, and transform them into works of art with a coat of matte black paint and a metallic gold dip. Paint the frames of old mirrors to create a cohesive gallery wall that stuns with its elegance and whimsy. Add new fabric to old furniture or refurbish a vintage side table. Remember to walk into a thrift shop with an open mind and eye for design.

Optimize Your Storage

With a bit of creativity, you can create functional storage that looks like a decoration. The key is to artfully arrange your belongings and display them in an aesthetically pleasing manner. 

Try your hand at knolling to turn your surfaces into a full-time Instagram flat lay. To accomplish this technique, you simply arrange thematic items on a flat surface with even spacing to create parallel angles. For example, you can organize your work desk by laying out papers, pens, and your laptop to form a square. In the living room, you can use your coffee table to do the same with décor pieces, your remotes, a tray, etc.

Conversely, use your walls and shelves to create artistic displays. Open shelving in the kitchen can store artistically stacked dishes and utensils. You can hang hooks creatively in the entryway for hats and jackets, creating art from everyday objects.

Use Simple Lighting 

Never underestimate the power of simple lighting elements when decorating your home. Invest in a few sets of string lights after the holidays, and use them to add some sparkle to your space.

Put string lights in old glass jugs and bottles for a magical display that twinkles and glows. Use them around mirrors to reflect the light and improve the ambiance of your room. Draping lights behind sheer curtains creates a magical bedroom scene without breaking the bank. 

You can also upgrade old lamps with a new shade or use scrap fabric, maps, or a tin punch method to breathe new life into an old piece.

Choose Accent Features

Instead of redecorating an entire room, invest in one accent feature to draw the eye, and create a focal point.

Use paint to create faux wallpaper on one wall, adding delicate designs like arrows or polka dots. Alternatively, you can leave the walls white and paint the ceiling something bold and eye-catching. 

If painting isn’t your forte, consider dip-dyeing drop cloths to create DIY accent curtains or painting a piece of furniture so that it pops.


With these simple DIY hacks, you can transform your home without breaking the bank. Find some looks you love and use your best budget-shopping skills to decorate your home for a minimal expense.

About The Author: Wendy Dessler is a super-connector who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.
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