Our Top 10 Budget Home Decorating Ideas. Here’s Everything You Need To Know

Budget Home Decorating Ideas


House To Homes’ top 10 insider tips for decorating and styling your home on a budget. Here’s everything you need to know.

Being a lead design build contractor in Rancho Santa Fe, we understand that when it comes to decorating your home, your styling budget can often suffer. Styling and decorating your home is the last piece of the puzzle, and because of that, your styling budget can get dwindled down before you even get to styling.

Styling your home after it’s been designed and built by House To Home is key to bringing everything together. Often unstyled homes can look clinical and need those styling pieces to bring life into the space.

For those who have been through the process of designing or building a home before, you know that your styling budget can often be seen as the smallest and usually gets overtaken by bigger items. We’re here to put a stop to that. We’ve put together our top 10 budget home decorating ideas that you can use when styling your home so it still looks luxurious but won’t break the bank.

1. Shop Your Home

When you’re crunching the numbers and looking at how much left you’ve got in the bank, shopping is the last thing you want to be doing. Instead, we recommend to shop your home. This means rearranging and using everything you’ve already got or pulling out things that have been in storage for way too long. By shopping your home, you are giving new life to old items and don’t even have to open your wallet.

2. Repurpose Existing Furniture

If you’re into DIY, then this tip is for you. Repurposing furniture is a great way to decorate without having to purchase something entirely new. When you combine a little elbow grease and some inspiration from Pinterest, there is an endless amount of possibilities that you can create. Listed below are just some of the ideas that you can use to repurpose furniture.

  • Swapping out drawer handles.
  • Sanding down and painting a coffee table or set of drawers.
  • Spray painting vases and candle holders.

Making a few changes to existing furniture not only gives you a fun weekend project but will help keep you within your budget.

3. Find Furniture Dupes

If you’ve just completed your design and build in the Rancho Santa Fe area and are looking for some brand new furniture, you’ll know how quickly it can add up. While we recommend investing in a few specific pieces, if you’re looking to stay frugal, finding and searching for furniture dupes can save you thousands.

4. Create a Budget Gallery Wall

Gallery walls are a fantastic way to decorate your home without adding any additional furniture. They’re also a great way to personalize the space. For example, you can add a touch of personality with some family photos or artwork you like. Gallery walls are an instant luxe moment because they fill up a wall, adding a sense of totality.

But again, if you’ve ever had a look at frames, you know these can add up quite quickly. Choosing to DIY this project is a great way to stay within your budget. Grabbing some frames from IKEA and even combining these with family or personal photos will save you plenty. If you’re searching for more of an artistic vibe, scroll through Unsplash. These high-quality images print beautifully; we promise no one will ever know the difference.

5. Shop Vintage and Second Hand

In the Rancho Santa Fe area, you can find some fantastic vintage and second hand furniture stores. These are great to sift through and find completely unique styling pieces.

Whenever you’re vintage shopping for furniture or styling pieces, you first want to look at the shape of items, not necessarily the color or the fabric. You can always get a chair reupholstered or spray paint a tray to match your new home interior.

6. Paint and Wallpaper

Adding a bright color paint, feature wall, or wallpaper to any area of your home is a great way to keep your decorating budget to a minimum. While you can work with your design builder contractor in Rancho Santa Fe, painting and wallpaper can be a DIY job. Paint and wallpaper allow you to get creative in your home and create something completely unique.

7. Hang Curtains

Adding curtains to any space is a way to create that feeling and sense of luxury without the price tag. While curtains are a long-term item in your home, they’re not a styling piece that has to be crazy expensive. Grabbing some budget curtains is a fantastic way to keep your budget low yet achieve the luxury look for less.

If you’re looking for your curtains to be full and extravagant, take the time to iron them and use double the amount for the window you need. Using two packs of curtains is a great way to add that fullness.

8. Add Trim to Walls or Doors

If you’ve just been through the remodeling process or are in the middle of a remodel and think that your walls or doors could use some extra detail, then adding trim is the answer. Wall or door trim is a great way to take a plain section of your home and introduce depth. The number of patterns you can create using widths and styles is endless.

Depending on how your budget is looking, you can opt to complete this project yourself. While it may take some patience and a whole lot of measuring, getting this done DIY is absolutely doable. But if you don’t feel like having to measure repeatedly, chat with your design build contractor in the Rancho Santa Fe area to discuss trim options.

9. Add Greenery

Being in the home industry for 25+ years, we’ve seen the minor differences those final styling pieces can make to your home. Adding some greenery is one of the most significant differences that can be made with the smallest budget. And you don’t have to be a green thumb to pull it off.

Including some succulents or a trailing plant in the kitchen, bathroom, or any area of your home in Rancho Santa Fe is a great way to complete the styling of your home without breaking the bank. If you’re concerned about budget, avoid smaller shops and head to the garden center in Home Depot for an absolute steal on all the plants you can find.

10. Declutter

We know that decluttering doesn’t require any power tools, but you’d be surprised at how much a decluttering and cleaning session can do for your home. When styling and decorating your home, we often think about “What can we add to the space?” rather than, “What can we get rid of?” Declutter is the perfect way to strip back the unnecessary items and objects in your home to make way for more refined pieces or let that negative space be.

Final Thoughts

As a design and build firm in Rancho Santa Fe, we understand that budget will always be a part of the conversation. So whether it be for styling and decorating your newly built home or in the beginning stages of a full home renovation, our team is proudly transparent about the budget and will always chat with you about where we think you should invest and where you could potentially save.

If you’re looking to begin your new build or have questions about how to get started, contact our friendly team. We’ll be able to give you information and get you started on your journey of transforming your house into a home.