Interior Design on a Budget: 12 Free Ways to Style Your Home with What You Have

Decorating your home can be a fun and exciting process, but it can also be a costly one. However, with a little bit of creativity and resourcefulness, you can make your space look beautiful without breaking the bank. As an interior designer, I understand that everyone has a different situation, so I have put together 12 free ways to decorate your home using items you may already have.

Look into your garden

Look no further than your own garden! Take advantage of the natural beauty that surrounds you and incorporate plants, flowers, branches, and rocks into your home decor. Not only will it add a unique touch to your space, but it’s also eco-friendly.

Don’t have a green thumb? No worries, just add a little water to the vase and you can enjoy your garden finds for a couple of weeks. So, get creative and see what hidden treasures you can find in your garden.

Look in your linen closet

Take a peek inside your linen closet and discover a treasure trove of unused and overlooked towels that can be repurposed into stylish accents. Use colorful towels and tea towels to create new items such as place mats, cushion covers, tablecloths, and seat cushions. Even if you’re not skilled in sewing, you can still make DIY projects easy by using iron-on hemming strips. Give your space a fresh look without breaking the bank!

Rearrange furniture

This is a quick and easy way to make a big difference in your space. Think about the flow of the room, the focal wall, and the first thing you see when you enter the space. Move furniture around to improve the layout and make the most of the existing pieces.

Use leftover paint

Got leftover paint? Use it to create a feature wall or give a piece of furniture a new look. Be sure to test the color and make sure you love it before committing to a large area.

Display nice dishes

Use nice dishes or glasses to decorate your kitchen and dining room. Simple white or off-white dishes look clean and go well with any style.

Use any books

Use books with nice covers to decorate your space. Stack a few together as a stand when something needs to appear taller.


Use any prints you own, print from your printer or create yourself to decorate your home. Frame them, pin them to a pinboard, or place them on wall shelves.

Use food

Incorporating food into your decor can be a fun and seasonal way to add color and texture to your space. Think of the colors that represent the season, such as pumpkin for autumn, chocolate for Christmas, and lemon and lime all year round. Use fruits and vegetables in woven baskets on a buffet or in an open kitchen/pantry. Look for inspiration and play with different combinations, such as pairing plants from your garden with autumn fruits and vegetables.

Use candles

Candles are a great way to add warmth and ambiance to any room. Use candles of different shapes and sizes to create a cohesive look.

Get creative with lighting

Use table lamps or floor lamps to add light and create a focal point in a room. You can also use string lights to create a cozy and warm atmosphere.

Break the rules

While it’s great to follow design principles such as grouping things in odd numbers (1, 3, 5 rule), don’t be afraid to break the rules and think outside the box. Sometimes, the unexpected can be the most interesting and unique aspect of your decor. Trust your instincts and have fun with your decorating.

Decorating your space can be both exciting and overwhelming, and it’s easy to get caught up in following strict rules and guidelines.

But let me tell you, the most important thing is that your space feels right to you.

After all, it’s your home and it should reflect your personal style and taste. So, take a deep breath, step back, and snap a picture of your decor once you’re done placing everything. This will help you gain a fresh perspective and identify what needs to be added or removed.

And don’t worry about sticking to the rules too rigidly, use them as a guide and feel free to modify them to make your space uniquely yours.

Remember, at the end of the day, it’s all about creating a space that makes you happy and comfortable. So, let’s get started on creating a living space that you’ll love!

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