Decorating a bare wall with old calendar prints is just one way you can add decor to your home for under $20. You can add pizzazz to a plain bathroom with a simple shower curtain trick. Or decorate a window sill with old books. Here’s a handful of charming decorating ideas that I used in my home, spending less than $20 on each.
1. Add Pizzazz to Your Bathroom
I wanted to hide the bath insert in my hallway bath behind a shower curtain. But an opaque curtain looked bland by itself. That’s when I came up with this charming decorating idea. For $18 I bought a sheer bathroom curtain to hang in front of the opaque one. Now I keep the heavy duty curtain draped inside the tub, while the sheer one drapes outside, decorating the bathroom elegantly.
2. Decorate a Bare Wall with Textured Frames
To decorate my upstairs hallway, I dug up old picture frames I had stored in my garage. You can find similar frames for around $2 at craft stores. I then bought a 2013 calendar online at 85 percent off (since 2014 is just around the corner), paying $4.75 (with shipping). To turn my old black frames into charming decor, I spray painted them with drywall texture and white paint, which I had in my garage. Then I framed my favorite calendar prints.
3. Display Pillows in Unexpected Ways
To decorate a vacant corner in my office, I turned a firewood caddy into a pillow tray. Most firewood caddies come with a liner, which you can remove. In my case, I was left with a wrought iron box. At a cost of $18, I now had a beautiful way to display pillows for tossing on the floor when you feel like lying about.
4. Add Sophistication to Your Windowsill
Old hardcover books can be expensive if you shop in a used book store, but at antique or thrift stores, you can grab them for $2 or $3 a book (the more obscure the title, the cheaper it will be). Just place a stack of old books on your window ledge to decorate your room with a little old-world charm.
5. Decorate With Thrift Store Finds
It’s fun and cheap to hunt for treasures at a thrift store. I found this charming statuette at a Salvation Army store and paid $18 for it. After scrubbing years of filth off the figures, I was left with a charming decorative piece, which I display on my CD stand.
Even with a small budget, you can change the way your home looks, adding charm to your decor with a few imaginative decorating ideas.