1 Less is More

The first thing to do is get organized and eliminate clutter. Minimalism and Mary Kondo may be hot trends, but for good reason! We believe, a room with beautiful flooring doesn’t need much else to make a big statement.

Are there any items that you no longer use or have outgrown? Do you really need all those knickknacks and trinkets? Getting organized is typically a mixture of paring down what you own and making better use of your existing storage space.

Favorite Organization Hack: Stack and label clear totes. This is a great way to maximize on wall height and doesn’t require any special new shelving. You can stack them anywhere!

2 Think Outside the Box

Creating a stunning space often involves doing the unexpected. With a little creativity, this doesn’t need to cost much at all! Grab a paint brush or repurpose an every-day item in a new and unexpected way.

Tip: The more you stick with a minimalist look when decorating, the more impact each piece will have – and the less you’ll have to spend on accessorizing.

3 DIY

Even if investing in the big-ticket items has used up most of your budget, there are still many ways to add some flare to your space. There’s a whole DIY world of cheap decorating ideas just waiting to be explored. Plus, nowadays, many of these projects include step-by-step instructions to make it even easier!

  • Refresh an existing piece of furniture.
  • Find free Printable and display them in inexpensive frames.
  • Buy stencils online and refresh an old backsplash, furniture item or wall.
  • Make something new with easy-to-find materials.
  • You could even start by simply rearranging your space! Doesn’t get much cheaper than that.

4 Find Your Inspiration

Checkout Pinterest, home decorating sites, and magazines, to decide what look you’re going for. Start putting together a collection of your favorite images.

Tip: Try making a design board – a tool that interior decorators use to create collages of different décor elements. They’re great for creating design concepts to help you see how well various elements work together. You can even make collages and design boards online using many free digital tools. Just search for free “Mood Board” or “Collage” Sites and pull all your  favorite design elements into one place.

5 Be patient

Remember, you don’t have to decorate every room at once. When you’re decorating on a budget, being patient can pay off big time! It may take a while to find the perfect pieces but waiting will make it even sweeter when your room is finally complete. Try to think of unique ways to incorporate meaningful items that really make it your own.

Joanna Gaines says, “Let your house tell your family’s story. Don’t rush to decorate just to have it decorated. Take your time and collect pieces that mean something to you and your family.”

6 Shop Pre-Loved

You know what they say: One person’s trash is another person’s treasure! Look for well-made pieces that are in good condition, for a fraction of the price.

When shopping second-hand, there are many options to potentially find hidden gems:

  • Thrift stores like Goodwill, Salvation Army, Value Village Etc.
  • Garage or Estate Sales
  • Habitat for Humanity Reuse Centers
  • Kijiji/ Facebook Marketplace
  • Look for Freecycle groups online
  • Flea Market

7 Think ahead

When you’re on a tight budget, it can be tempting to bargain shop for everything, but in some cases paying less now could end up costing you more in the long run, when you have to replace items much sooner.

Another temptation can be getting sucked into trends. While some trends come and go, certain design elements will stand the test of time. This is important to consider, particularly when it comes to a long-term investment in your flooring. As a rule of thumb, neutral tones and a high-quality product, will stand up best to ever-changing design trends.