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Decorating an Old House on a Budget

Believe it or not, you can spruce up your home decoration even if you are on a budget. There are fast and easy ways to accomplish this task, and you will end up with a home environment that’s both inviting and appealing. We all know that a good home environment is beneficial to its occupants. And you will feel confident in receiving guests into your house too. Decorating an old house on a budget doesn’t have to be expensive, so keep reading if you want to find out how to revamp your home without breaking the bank.

What Makes Décor Look Good?

Quality interior design is a fine art practiced by many an expensive professional designer. With a limited budget, you won’t want to spend the time or money consulting such a professional. But have no fear, below is a brief crash course into the basics of what makes a room look good, and what makes one look bad. As well as some tips on making the most of your money in a redesign. When it comes down to it, interior design is about a few key things: style, color, and functionality. Find a balance between those principles and you’re well on your way to bringing your vision to life.


You have plenty of options when it comes to choosing a style for your home. Many people like the inside of their home to match the architectural style outside. For example, a farmhouse might be suited to a cozy, rustic style, while a city high-rise apartment might look better with more sophisticated, modern décor.

Ultimately, however, your personal preference is the most important thing when it comes to picking a style. Knowing the look you’re going for will also help you know where to go shopping, and can help with your search to find budget-friendly décor and furniture.


Once you’ve got a style, it should help you decide on a color palette. If you want though, you could do it the other way around and pick a color scheme first, and then pick a style that is suited to it. It’s really just a matter of which is easier for you.

Keep your style in mind when you’re searching for color hues because some styles are hard to find in some colors. Modern décor, for example, is much more likely to be cool neutrals and jewel tones than it is to be patterned and colorful. A more bohemian style, on the other hand, is easy to find in just about any color scheme.

When you’re bringing new colors into a room, it’s always important to take into account the colors that are already there. If your walls are yellow, purple furniture can be a bit garish. If you have orange curtains, green can clash with them. A navy-blue rug may not go well with a black couch.

Use the Space the Right Way

Not all rooms are created equal, and this can have an impact on how you use the space. For example, big rooms filled with small furniture can feel cluttered, while small rooms with big furniture can feel claustrophobic.

For small rooms, a mirror or two can be strategically used to open up and brighten the space. Larger rooms, on the other hand, tend to do well with a few well-placed, larger pieces. Abstract wall art is also fantastic in bigger rooms to prevent them from feeling empty or lifeless.

Functional Design

One of the best ways to make the most of your space is to use functional, or ergonomic interior design practices. Basically, make sure that nothing in the design hinders the functionality of the space. Examples include dark curtains in a room that doesn’t get much light may create more shadows, further limiting visibility. Or, a bookcase near a door can block it from fully opening. Basically, you don’t want kitchen décor to limit your cooking space.

With that taken into account, there are also things you can do to make the space more comfortable, and in turn functional, and we’ll get into that next.

Keep it Clean

Even the most well-designed homes can be ruined by a build-up of clutter. Keeping an entire home clean can be stressful, but if you break it down into a few manageable steps, it can become much less overwhelming. Here, we’ve outlined some basic cleaning strategies, as well as some clever tips on picking the best cleaning products.


Everyone has a different way of staying organized, so it’s important to find out what works for you. If you know where everything belongs, it will be a lot easier to do a quick clean that stops the mess from building up. If you have children, organizational bins or baskets can go a long way to keeping the floor clean without causing any extra stress.

Ordinary furnishings can also act as an organization or storage tool. Ottomans often have inner compartments that are great for board games, toys, or extra pillows and throw blankets. You can also get organization sets for closets that help you make the most of a small space.

Set a Schedule

We’re all busy people, which is why scheduling time to clean is important. If you live with multiple people, a cleaning schedule is a perfect way to keep everything organized and to make sure that everyone is doing their fair share of the work.

There isn’t any one way to create a cleaning calendar. One idea is to have a whiteboard in a common room like the kitchen that outlines the work to be done each day. You can color-code the schedule so that everyone knows their chore for the day. This is also a great way to get the whole household involved in the housework.

Don’t Forget the Floors

Cleaning the floors can be easy to forget until they get too dirty to clean quickly. If you keep on top of it, cleaning the floors can be easy. It’s also easier if you have the right tools. Different flooring types will need different supplies to clean them. For hardwood floors, a dust mop like the Champion Old-Fashioned Dust Mop is an amazing product. It has a reusable shag head that locks in dirt, dust, and dog hair. The head can also rotate easily, which makes it great for all those hard-to-reach places. You can even use it to catch dust and cobwebs in ceiling corners and fans.

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For tile floors in the kitchen or bathroom, you’ll need a more traditional mop like the Champion Yellow Mop. It has a long-lasting yellow head for cutting through tough dirt and grime. Tile floors need regular cleaning. Otherwise, grime and germs will build up in the grout. A mop and an all-purpose cleaner will help to mitigate any damage.

Counters, Backsplash, and Bathrooms

Countertops are one of the most notoriously dirty surfaces in a modern home. Because of that, it’s important to regularly clean them with a product that cuts through bacteria, dirt, and grease on just about any surface, including tile and glass. The Champion Ultra Concentrated Degreaser does just that. The concentrated formula means that it will last you a long time, all you have to do is add water.

Planning Your Redesign

Having a plan to stick to isn’t necessarily essential to redecorating, but when you’re budgeting, it can help to have a solid game plan. You can make your plan as detailed, or as bare-bones, as you like.

Set a Budget

This is probably the most important step when you’re planning any redecorating. Any good budget starts with an honest assessment of your finances. Look at how much you spend, and on what over the course of a few weeks to start with. This will give you a good idea of what your spending looks like in relation to any savings you may have. After that, you have to decide how much you’re willing to spend on home décor, and if that amount matches the vision you had for your design. If it does, then you’re all set! If it doesn’t, then you have a couple of options.

First, you can rethink the amount or the style of decorating you want to do. The second option is rethinking your finances to see if there is anywhere you can cut costs to improve your budget. Maybe setting up a carpool to work to save gas money or drinking one less coffee a day for a few months. If you find a few areas where you can save money, you may be able to boost your budget. We’d recommend this option only if you need a little more money, not if you’re looking to double your budget.

Pick a Style

Again, this step isn’t strictly necessary, but it can help you plan out where you want to go shopping. If you want your new living room to have a cozy, vintage vibe, you can probably rule out IKEA and plan on hitting flea markets and second-hand stores instead. If you aren’t really sure what style you’re looking for, do some searching online before buying anything. There are even a few apps available that let you redesign rooms in your house (or in a digital model) using virtual reality technology. Now let’s go over some styles that are easy to achieve when you’re on a budget.

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A vintage or retro design takes inspiration from the mid to late 20th century in America. Think of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. It usually means simple silhouettes and shapes, complemented by bold colors and patterns. One of the great things about shopping for retro home décor is that it hasn’t quite passed the point of becoming antique yet. So, it can be very easy to find second-hand at very reasonable prices.

Good ways to introduce vintage style into your home are with pop art on the walls, geometric patterns in bright colors, simple floral designs, bright, eye-catching accent pieces. Flea markets, thrift stores, and second-hand antique shops are all great places to find authentic vintage pieces that don’t hit too heavy on the wallet.


An antique style is similar to vintage, but a little bit older. When used well, they can add an element of elegance and a timeless mood to a room. Some antiques can be outrageously expensive, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find them for cheap too. Online retailers like eBay and Craigslist are a good place to start, for example. Flea markets and estate sales are also a good place for hidden gems, but it may take a little digging to find them. Of course, going to an antique store is the obvious choice, but antiques there may be on the expensive side.


Ultra-modern décor has been a trend for most of the past decade, which means that it’s readily available and affordable. Big box furniture stores like IKEA offer modern-looking furniture and décor for low prices, for example.

A modern interior design typically consists of neutral tones, metal accents, and sleek design. If you prefer a simple look made up of a few important pieces of décor, a modern look may be the way to go.


One of the most versatile design styles, bohemian interior design doesn’t have many rules. In fact, basically, the only rule is that it’s made up of the things you like. Bohemian design is often whimsical and inspired by international design. This makes it ideal for people on a budget. It’s also a great way to make the most of the gifts you’ve collected over the years.

Bohemian style is great for people who want to repurpose the things they already have. Repaint old décor to give it a new life, use a throw blanket as a colorful and cozy accent. Bohemian style is held together by a running theme most of the time. For example, a cohesive color scheme that covers all the décor.

Take it One Step at a Time

They say timing is everything and doing everything all at once may not be the most productive way to spend your time (or your money!) Especially if you’re on a budget, you may want to do your redecorating in sections. One room at a time may be the right way to go. Or, you may decide to scale down your decorating plans and slowly build up new items over time.

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25 Ideas for Decorating an Old House on a Budget

When you’re working with a limited budget, creativity is the biggest part of redecorating and remodeling. With that in mind, here are 25 simple (and cheap) things that you can do to renovate your home décor.

1. Use Decorative Lampshades

Lampshades come in all shapes and sizes, and you can make use of floor lampshades and desktop types. This type of fixture is not that expensive to buy, and you can even opt to get these items at antique shops for some really artistic ones. You can even redecorate old lamps to shape them up and give them a brand-new appeal.

How to Refurbish a Lampshade

Refurbishing something like a lampshade may seem like a big project, but there are plenty of options that are easy for any DIY beginner. The easiest way to transform a lampshade is with fabric and spray adhesive. Another way is to use hot glue to attach buttons to the lampshade. This method is great for creating borders or patterns. If you don’t want to use cloth, you can also use wallpaper and spray glue to give an old lamp new life.

Inexpensive stencils are available at just about any craft store, and if you have spray paint you can use them to recolor an old lampshade. Similar to buttons, ribbon scraps and glitter can also be added to enhance the look of a lamp.

2. Decorate with Curtains and Drapes

Dressing up windows is a surefire way to give your indoor surroundings a new look. Fortunately, curtains are affordable; and you can also rotate the use of your old curtains throughout the year as long as these are still presentable. If you’re into sewing and crafting, you can even opt to make your own curtains, valances, and other window dressings.

3. Employ Colors Inside Your Home

It’s easy, fast, and cost-effective when you decide to decorate your home with colors. You can do this by using colorful objects, arts, and crafts to give your indoor environment a personality. Using a lot of contrasting colors works best; so you can opt to use the power of black and white to achieve this goal. Combining white with different bright colors is another effective technique, and you can easily do this in your living room by using a lot of colorful throw pillows.

4. Display Minimal Accessories

Even if you have a lot of beautiful accessories to decorate your home with, don’t use all of them all at once. Doing so will only make your indoor space look small and cluttered, and its overall appeal will diminish too. You should also look to make some of your décor functional, like adding a decorative fruit bowl to your kitchen. Ultimately, it would be better to display a few items at a time; this way, newly put up things will also look new to the eyes.

You can also rotate your decorations with the seasons. Holidays like Christmas often have unique decorations, which you can use to switch up the look of your house.

5. Rearrange Old Decors

Rearranging old decors such as vases, paintings, and other types of art will give these objects a fresh appeal. Put such objects on different walls, tables, and other places; and seeing them in another area will seem that you’re seeing them for the first time.

6. Make Your Own Gallery Wall

You can make a gallery wall out of family photos or works of art. Use decorative frames for these. You can hang them on the hallway or stairway. A creative arrangement of photographs or artwork is a great way to make a visual statement in your home.

7. Use Decorative Lighting

Using lights can give your home a different kind of appeal. You can use dimmers in order to control the amount of light in a given room. You also have the option of using colored lights to give a different kind of ambiance to a particular room.

8. Check Ads for Discounted Items

Checking out ads for discounted decors can help you get new things without having to spend a lot of money. You can end up with great buys on sites like eBay and Craigslist.

9. Use of Carpets

Carpets can serve as insulation and foot cushioning. They are decorative too, especially when printed with a unique design. If you want to buy high-end, custom carpets at a low price, you can check out old stocks and clearance sales from carpet stores.

10. Paint Walls

A new coat of paint can really give your house a makeover, but paints are quite expensive. However, there are ways to get cheaper paints, such as when paint stores are selling returned and wrongly mixed paints. So always check on such deals when looking out for affordable paints.

11. Re-Tile Kitchen Surfaces and Backsplashes

Plain tiles are quite cheap, and most kitchen surfaces and backsplashes only require a small area for tiles. You can incorporate high-end and hand-painted tiles when re-tiling too, as this will improve the overall appeal of your kitchen surroundings. You can also use this time to elevate your dishware and glassware collection with secondhand, unique pieces.

12. Focus on the Small Details

Decorating your home doesn’t always involve elaborate presentation and planning. Small items such as coasters, hand towels, and figurines can all result in a beautiful background. You can make use of fresh flowers in decorative vases and family pictures on nice frames too.

13. Use Colorful Pots for Your House Plants

Colorful plastic pots can be purchased at reasonable prices. If you have other types of pots, you can paint these so as to make them prettier. Pots look good both indoors and outdoors. You can also opt to plant an herb garden and use these potted plants to liven up your kitchen’s windowsills with some natural and yummy greenery.

14. Choose Accessories for Your Bathroom

Your bathroom doesn’t need to be boring. Members of the family use it regularly and guests also need to use this room when they visit you. You can liven up the bathroom by using shower curtains and by hanging towels in attractive designs. Decorative hand soaps and liquid body soaps in fancy bottles can also be lined up on a rack for a charming display. You can also buy an organizer for beauty products to declutter and keep them from becoming a mess.

15. Replace Overhead Lighting

Plain lights can be replaced with hanging lights for a really dramatic appeal. Chandeliers can be quite expensive, but you can find affordable items at thrift shops. Hanging lights look really good in the dining room and living room areas.

16. Do a Bathroom Makeover

If some of the tiles in your bathrooms are damaged, you can replace these with tiles that come in unique designs. This way, you won’t have to replace everything and spend a lot of money on said project.

17. Use New Bed Sheets and Coverings

The bedroom should always be appealing to its occupants. Beds in the master bedroom and children’s rooms can be spruced up by using new sheets and comforters. Those who are into handmade projects can also make quilts and other similar forms of covering for the bed.

18. Perform Area Painting

Painting a small area on your wall will make it the focal point of a particular room. You can also paint the inside portion of cabinets and bookshelves to give it a unique appeal.

19. Install Frame Moldings on Walls

Installing frame moldings on walls will give a plain-looking wall a layered or paneled look. You can then hang family pictures inside of these frames for a really elegant appeal. This style works best on hallways.

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20. Replace Old Faucets

Old, worn-out, and tarnished faucets can make sinks look dirty and unattractive. It’s easy to replace such fixtures as faucets in different styles that are very affordable, and these are easy to install too. Check out antique stores, go hunting at flea markets, or scour internet retailers for the best options.

Old faucets can also be spruced up by polishing them with a polishing cloth like the Champion Silver Polish Cloth. A polishing cloth is a great thing to invest in to save money on cleaning products and maintenance as they can clean just about any surface, and they last for years without needing to be replaced.

21. Use Picture Frames With Unique Designs

Picture frames bring out the best in the photographs that are put in them. Picture frames are quite cheap, and you can even get antique and unique-looking ones from thrift stores. If you want, you can add a more personal touch by adding some fresh paint to old frames. For a unique look, use masking or painter’s tape and spray paint to create geometric designs.

22. Install Mirrors at Strategic Locations

A mirror serves a lot of purposes, but this is also a decorative item especially if it comes with a nice frame. It gives the illusion of a bigger space when placed in a small area, and it can provide for additional lighting when placed opposite windows.

23. Accessorize with Creativity

You can accessorize creatively with materials from around your home by using easy-to-find, free objects. When you go out for a walk, keep your eyes open for pinecones, pebbles, dried stalks, and seashells. These can be used as-is or painted with colors before putting them in vases and other decorative containers. You can then place them as centerpieces on dining and coffee tables.

24. Replace Furniture Fixtures

Having broken and tarnished handles can make a good-looking appliance look unappealing. By replacing drawer and cabinet knobs with new ones, the furniture in your living room, bedroom, and kitchen would all look presentable. You can even get antique handles from thrift shops and secondhand stores at very low prices. You can also check out hardware stores to find replacements for sinks, faucets, and even repair kits for damaged furniture like tables, chairs, and fireplaces.

25. Make the Main Entrance Inviting

The main entrance of your home is the first thing that people notice. That’s why it should have a welcoming and pleasant appeal for entertaining. One effective way to decorate the entrance of your home is to paint the main door with a bright color. Layering pots of flowering plants on the entryway will also make it very attractive. You also have the option of using lighting fixtures to make it as appealing during nighttime.


There are plenty of ways to decorate your home. Regardless of your budget, you just have to get a little creative. Hopefully, this article gave you a few ideas on how to maximize your space without putting too much strain on your wallet. Even with just a few changes, you can completely rediscover a room in your house, regardless of how much you want to spend. Thanks for reading these ideas for decorating an old house on a budget and we hope to see you back again soon!

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