8 Quick, Budget Friendly Ideas to Update Your Space

Just like your wardrobe, your home needs a refresh every now and then. However, furniture and home decor are often way more expensive than clothes—meaning it can take a lot of cash to run out and completely redecorate! Luckily, there are quite a few wallet-friendly ways to spice up your space and scratch that redecorating itch when it strikes. Here are a few of our suggestions, from crafty DIYs to thrifty updates.


1. Paint something.

A fresh coat of paint is an excellent way to give your place a facelift, and depending on the scope of the project, can be completed in an afternoon or a weekend. Try spray painting a knick-knack gold to up the glam factor, or if you’re feeling ambitious, paint a whole accent wall or room!


2. Swap out your hardware.

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Sick of boring rusty cabinet knobs and switch plates? Switching them out is super easy, and decorative handles and hardware are available at a variety of price points. We love options from Anthropologie, Cost Plus World Market, and Schoolhouse Electric.


3. Refresh your gallery wall.

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Sites like Minted and Society6 offer plenty of affordable art pieces to add new life to a gallery wall. You could also go the DIY route and display pages from favorite magazines or an arrangement of personal photographs. It’s as simple as hanging them on the wall with washi tape or displaying on a clipboard. Prefer the framed look? IKEA’s Ribba frames are great for gallery walls thanks to their versatility and low price point. Have a favorite hat or necklace? Toss those on your wall too! The possibilities are nearly limitless.


4. Add fresh flowers or plants.


Make a habit of purchasing fresh flowers during your weekly grocery runs. A bouquet from Trader Joe’s will cost you as little as $4 and can instantly brighten a space. Succulents and air plants are budget options, too—not only are they super trendy, they’re pretty easy to care for as well.


5. Bring in new accents.

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If you’re more of a shopper than a gardener, there are plenty of places to score new, budget-friendly accent pieces. Think big-box stores and chains like Home Goods, Target, and Urban Outfitters, as well as local boutiques and resale stores (we love The Brown Elephant in Chicago, for example). We’re fans of this piece and this one—both under $25!


6. Shop your own home and rearrange.

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Just because something lives in your bedroom now doesn’t mean it has to stay there. Bar carts can turn into side tables and desks can serve as nightstands. Think outside the furniture boxes, too! For example, try moving a piece of art that’s always been in your living area to somewhere more unexpected, like the kitchen or the bathroom.


7. Layer a new rug.

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Rugs can be a surprisingly affordable way to add a pop of color to a room—even a large area rug! They’re also useful to define areas in smaller spaces or open floor plans, like studio apartments.


8. Restyle your shelves.

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Similar to shopping your own space for big pieces to rearrange, try switching up your “shelfie” by changing which items are on display. Small decorative objects, pretty books, and candles can all be rearranged for a completely new look. Move a favorite candle to your nightstand or try arranging your books by color.


Tell us, what are budget-friendly ways have you updated your space?


This post was originally published on August 4, 2016.

  • LL

    Love the tape around the gallery wall idea! Might try it. I also just bought a fake plant yesterday after my failed attempts at keeping them alive haha.

    On another note, I miss the every girl! I realized today I hadn’t visited in a while so stopped by and saw I still love your content but put off and reminded of the annoying mailing list notification I get every time I visit. Just thought I’d mention it!

    • Jayne

      I can’t keep up with all the blogs I like to read so I add them to my digg reader and everytime someone posts something new I see it!

    • Thanks for the input, Laura! We’re glad you visited. We’ll look into that mailing list notification pop-up.

  • Abby Evans

    I love the diagonal paint job. It really refreshes and updates the space!

    Abby Talks

  • Christian Lebe

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  • Loved this post! I’m moving into a bigger flat and I’ll definitely think of these tips xx

    Hannie from Missing Wanderer

  • Nikki Laraja

    Great tips, I cannot believe it hadn’t occurred to me till now to install new hardware on my dated apt rental cabinets?!


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  • Nikki Laraja

    Great post, I totally agree with #6, sometimes rearranging a few items, or even repurposing can give such a fresh feel to your home!


  • May

    These are awesome tips! Just moved into my first apartment recently and have been looking for more budget friendly ways to decorate my new space . I love interior design so finally having my own place to decorate is awesome and doing it all on a budget? Even better! Check out my blog https://redelephantdiaries.wordpress.com/ for a peak at some of my decorating hacks!

  • Bringing in live plants not only brighten up a room and make it look more organic, but certain types of plants can actually clean the air in a space too!

  • Adding some greenery in the home makes the rooms look beautiful. The best tips to update a place is to redesign the gallery wall and add some new photos. Rearranging the book shelves will change the look of the living area.
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