Making Your House Beautiful on the Cheap

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Making your house beautiful doesn't have to cost a fortune. You can do it without buying expensive furniture or accessories. Here are some of our top tips.

I love striving for a beautiful home, but magazine-worthy rooms definitely come with a high price tag. Plus, they are exhausting (and expensive) to keep that way!

The good news is that you can make your home beautiful with home decor that fits your style but doesn’t cost a fortune. In fact, there are a lot of ways to get excited about making your house beautiful on the cheap, regardless of your style or taste.

Here are some of my top tips that would work for anyone:

1. Have Less


One great way to inexpensively decorate your home is to quite simply not buy a lot of stuff or sell the stuff you do have and make money!

I’ve noticed over the past few years that I’m really affected by my surroundings. Call it being sensitive or just liking clean surfaces, but when my house is messy, I feel stressed. If you’re like me, when you spend some time making your house beautiful, you’ll feel like you can get anything accomplished!

Now, I admit this is a challenge with two 6 month old babies, but by not having a lot of “baby stuff,” I am able to skirt by with just picking up throughout the day as I go along. I also have someone to help me deep clean once a week – it’s a luxury that’s possible because I cut out other things.

In addition, I recently learned that donating large items that are only taking up room around the house and yard can help me out financially. For example, once I learned how to donate a boat, I was quickly able to get rid of the one that was cluttering the large percentage of the garage. In exchange for this donation, I received a tax deduction from the charity. When you have kids, being able to create space and save money on your taxes simultaneously is something that you should always take advantage of when given the opportunity.

2. Pick a Neutral


Try to find big items, like your sofa or rug, in neutral colors. Rugs are really expensive, but a neutral jute rug is one of the most affordable rugs you can buy new. Then, you can add color with inexpensive art or pillows.

Don’t try to be trendy by going for the wild, bright furniture just because you saw it in a magazine. Instead, try some neutrals to save money on furniture because beauty really does come with simplicity. Side note: I got my enormous sectional for $100 on Craigslist and it isn’t an eyesore because it’s a quiet color!

3. Get Creative


You’d be surprised by how easy it is to make a pillow. You’d also be surprised how easy it is to print out a free piece of art online and put it in an inexpensive IKEA frame. Also, some of the best pieces of “art” your home can showcase are pictures of your family.

People can get really caught up in trying to find trendy accessories that are only that: a trend. Strive for long lasting accessories or mementos from your travels and busy yourself making your home beautiful with those instead.

Making your house beautiful doesn't have to cost a fortune. You can do it without buying expensive furniture or accessories. Here are some of our top tips.

4. Decorate Your Own Definition of Beautiful


Most importantly, I think we should know what we like in our homes. If you like movie posters, by all means put them up. If you like your grandmother’s dresser, please keep it in your room. Trying to keep up with trends is exhausting and expensive. Plus, furniture is hard to move.

So, my advice is to spend some time thinking of your own personal style and learn what you like and don’t like so that you can spend some time (and not that much money) making your home something that is beautiful to you.


Do you like how your home looks? Did you score any big savings when decorating or do you have a creative home decor project idea to share? What looks beautiful to you?

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Catherine Alford is the go to personal finance expert for parents who want to better their finances and take on a more active financial role in their families.


  • Thomas @ I need money asap! says:

    Hi Cat! My wife and I did the “creative” thing a lot when we decorated our home. I’ve made a modern harvest table, floating shelves, and repainted chairs & side tables. My father in law also built us a China hutch. The best part is that they all fit the space perfectly because they were “custom made” plus they were pretty inexpensive. Win-win!

  • Holly@ClubThrifty says:

    I have used the same paint color for the 3 homes we’ve lived in – it’s a dark cream color. I personally like it because it isn’t too harsh and I can trade décor in and out if I want. I am also a minimalist when it comes to décor because I hate clutter. That helps!

  • Shannon @ Financially Blonde says:

    If you have kids, I say take advantage of them as well. Will has done art projects every year for the last three years in school. We have taken those, framed them for $10 and put them on our walls and it not only makes him feel good, but it makes our home more personal and adds design on the cheap.

  • Robin @ The Thrifty Peach says:

    My favorite thing to do to dress up a room on the cheap is to simply paint it. It’s quick, easy, and inexpensive.

  • Kassandra @ More Than Just Money says:

    We had fun furnishing the new apartment this summer with a mix of brand new furniture and awesome finds via Craigslist. The only thing we haven’t dealt with is decor for some of the walls but I’m in no hurry.

  • Kim says:

    I have our main paint color memorized “Timeless Taupe.” It goes with everything and you can add a bright accent piece to make it not boring. Just wait a few year and you’ll never have to pay for decorations again! Your kids will keep you in full supply. I kind of gave up because there will be princess pictures or homemade cards taped all over my walls for years.

  • Erin @ Journey to Saving says:

    I can’t say I’m completely thrilled with how our apartment looks, but we’re on a tight budget, so I’ve made peace with it. As long as everything is comfy, I’m good. I don’t really like to keep up with trends; it’s much more important to be happy with decorations because they speak to you.

  • Tonya@Budget and the Beach says:

    I think I do decently in that department. Almost everything I have is homemade, second hand, or donated. But people tell me they always feel peaceful and cozy in my place, and that’s what matters most to me.

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