Ways to improve your decor for under $50, tips from an interior designer

Upgrade your space without going over your budget.
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  • I am an experienced interior designer with Block Renovation who has transformed thousands of rooms.
  • Swapping out different lampshades and lamps changes the ambience of a space without breaking the bank.
  • Add dimension to your home by playing with mirrors, and don’t be afraid to hang several of them together.

As an experienced Design Director at Block Renovation, I have transformed countless rooms.

I firmly believe that taking space from the ordinary to the extraordinary doesn’t have to break the bank. Enhancing the ambiance of your home, adding personality and enhancing functionality only takes a few thoughtful touches and well-chosen accessories.

Each of these design tricks cost under $50, and will help create a space that reflects your style and makes a lasting impression.

Instantly elevate a room by hanging bold artwork on its walls.

Prints or paintings can add personality to an ordinary room.
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Find affordable prints and posters, or create your own. You can choose a cohesive theme, or you can mix and match different styles.

Use inexpensive frames to create a gallery wall, or get a more eclectic look with DIY options, like washi tape or clipboards. Don’t forget to keep in mind the wall stickers.

Update your pillow covers and pillows.

Play with different pillow patterns and styles.

Look for covers with vibrant textures, patterns, or colors that complement your existing furniture.

Mixing and matching different shapes and sizes can also create a more dynamic and inviting atmosphere.

You can find affordable options at home décor stores, or you can get creative and make your own covers using leftover fabric or repurposed textiles.

Bring nature indoors to add a touch of greenery and a sense of calm.

Research plants ahead of time and choose plants that are easy to maintain.

Consider purchasing a couple of low-maintenance plants, such as succulents or hardy houseplants, that thrive in different light conditions.

I’ve had good luck finding affordable potted plants at local nurseries and online stores. For an eclectic vibe, place them in elegant plant pots or thrift containers.

Upgrade your lighting fixtures to make a bold statement and set the mood in your space.

Browse different lamps, lamps, and shades.

Unique pendant lamps, table lamps and floor lamps can add character to your room and brighten up specific areas. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different lamp styles, shade materials, and types of lamps.

Consider installing dimmers so you can customize brightness levels. After all, lighting can make or break a room’s atmosphere, so don’t underestimate its ability to transform.

Use mirrors to visually expand spaces and reflect light.

Mirrors can improve a space.
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A single decorative mirror can make a great focal point, but you can also group multiple mirrors of different shapes and sizes together to create an eye-catching display.

In my experience, thrift stores and flea markets can be treasure troves of unique mirrors. And if you already have a mirror you love, give it a refresh with a fresh coat of paint or add some trim to match your desired aesthetic.

Add warmth, texture, and character to your floors with floor mats and rugs.

Mix different patterns, colors, and textures to create movement in your room.
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Be on the lookout for affordable rug options that complement your existing decor and tie a room together, but don’t be afraid to experiment with different patterns, colors, and sizes.

Rugs can define certain areas, add visual interest, and even reduce noise. Layering them can create a look that’s both warm and dynamic, and you can get it without breaking the bank.

Just don’t forget to place pads under your rug to hold them in place and protect your floors.

Use woven baskets, fabric crates, or old boxes to neatly store and display items.

Store clothes and other items in charming baskets and boxes.

These items can be used to store books, blankets, toys, or even toiletries. I can usually find unique pieces at thrift stores, and I often repurpose items I already own and use as stocking stuffers.

The key is finding functional storage solutions that blend seamlessly with your decor. This way, you can eliminate clutter while still maintaining a visually appealing space.

Give your room a splash of color or texture with a statement wall or focal point.

Paint one wall a bold shade, or try removable wallpaper for a temporary pattern.

Instead, consider installing wall paneling, reclaimed wood, or even an oversized piece of art as a focal point.

These budget-friendly options can change the look and feel of a room without blowing your budget and requiring major renovations.

Upgrade your windows with elegant curtains or blinds for added style and privacy.

Curtains contribute to creating a comfortable and warm atmosphere.

Choose fabrics that complement your existing color scheme and decor.

Long curtains create the illusion of height and grandeur. And if you’re on a tight budget, you can make your own curtains using leftover fabric or repurposed textiles.

Improving windows adds visual appeal and also allows for more control over lighting and privacy.

Give your cabinets, drawers, and doors a face-lift by replacing their hardware.

Experiment with different grips and grips until you land on one you like.

Switching out hardware is a simple and inexpensive way to breathe new life into tired furniture or fixtures.

All you need to do is look for unique knobs, knobs, or pulls that fit your style and elevate the overall aesthetic. You can find a wide range of affordable options online or at local home improvement stores.

Just be sure of the proper fit by measuring the existing holes before buying new ones.

Mix in some decorative accents, ornaments, and other personal touches.

Souvenirs that match your home décor during your travels.

Look for affordable items—such as vases, candles, figurines, and quirky souvenirs—that reflect your interests or travels.

Thrift stores, flea markets, and online markets often have unique finds at reasonable prices.

Displaying these items on shelves, shelves, or coffee tables is an easy way to infuse personality and individuality into your space. Display your favorite pieces in open spaces, but make sure they aren’t crowded.

Unleash your creativity and potentially save money by doing DIY projects.

Your hobbies, such as macrame, can also make for great decor.
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Try your hand at painting, creating collages, macrame, or folding origami to create a work of art. Half the fun is gathering inspiration from online tutorials, books, and your imagination.

Making your own decor will not only allow you to personalize your space, but it will also give you a sense of accomplishment. In addition, handmade items often become conversation starters.

So embrace your creative side and let your DIY projects elevate your space.

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