15 Ways To Refresh Your Home On a Budget

We keep getting a few beautiful days that make me long for the sunshine and yes getting the home ready for Spring Decor Ideas.

How about you…..feeling the same? Are you ready?

I sat down and made a list and I thought this would be a great list to share with y’all.  

The BEST 15 Ways to Refresh your Home on a BUDGET.

Is there is such a thing as the ideal room—if you are anything like me you are constantly looking to change things up a bit.  

There is always something new and you want to try it.  Despite your style or budget, it always comes down to the essentials. 

I have found that is a quick refresh.  I am here to share with you how to make your home look more expensive without breaking the bank.

Fresh Flowers 

I get out my favorite pitcher (and I have so many to choose from this is a hard task, (LOL) and get some “grocery store” fresh flowers.

They are inexpensive and truly add style to any room. They just make me smile when I come into the room. If you are unable to have fresh flowers, an alternative is faux floral.  

Faux Forsythia

Faux floral today it’s hard for you to tell that they are not real. Have you ever how to actually fill a flower to only find out it wasn’t real. These are in an expensive way to swap out your decor seasonally. So simple.  


Who doesn’t love candles? There are so many reasons to have candles in your room. They are an expensive, they smell great and can be considered an element in a room.

Can we talk ? For me it is the scent. It is amazing when you choose in a candle and it truly smells like Apple Pie, Beaches, Jelly Beans … you name it they have a smell and word for it…Delicious. A candle light also gives you the feeling relaxation…. Spa like. It’s just sets the mood.

If you’re not into burning candles there is an alternative, faux candles? Do you have come along way to being so real lIke it is hard to tell the difference. If they could only come up with them smelling like a candle. Oh well, I’m sure somebody’s working on that as we speak. LOL. These are so user-friendly with even remote controls so the possibilities are endless. You can place them almost anywhere. They will require batteries but those are inexpensive as well.

Places To Display Your Candles

  • Side Table
  • Nightstand
  • Kitchen Island
  • Shelf
  • Dresser

Ramp it up a notch, purchase a plate or a candle holder of your choice. These are very inexpensive and can be purchased at Target, Walmart, or even Dollar Tree, as an example.


Your best choice to balance the room is to choose a lighter drapery, if possible. A lighter drapery and a neutral color will balance all of your Décor items in a room. You can get really beautiful and simple sheer drapery on any budget.

Drapery at the proper height is an important factor, the proper height, well give any room a finished look. It will also make the room seem larger.  Try it…


Placing them 4”- 6” above the window frame is a “good rule of thumb”.

Also, drapery should be at least 2 1/2 times the width of the actual window.

This allows fullness of the fabric.

Paint Your Walls
2022 Paint Colors

This is an easy fix and will breathe new life into a room. You don’t have to paint all the walls, just changing up one wall with the right color can give you that WOW effect.

A more neutral tone in the shade of paint for your walls can be an easy remedy in a claim and updated room. Did you know that color of paint in a Room can affect your mood. So make us happy, some make us tired and some make us Calm. Be sure to keep that in mind.   

Great Rug

I am what you would call a “rug junkie”. I fall in love with so many different area rugs!

Do you feel the same way? Back to rugs, not only do they anchor a room, they will pull all of your colors together and don’t be afraid to add your personality into your choice.

That could mean a fun pattern or a pop of color. Today this is a easy update and affordable addition to any room.  

Wall Decor

This is an area that you will want to remember, the golden rule, “less is best”! The proper amount of wall decor does add warmth and personality to a room.

There are a lot of great choices; you can create your own, you can purchase art on Etsy.  Searching Pinterest you can find so many ideas for art and many of them are FREE.

Again this is another area where you can show your personality, think outside the box.    


How we see a room yes dependent upon the amount of lighting. It is a key element. You do not have to have two matching lamps or however many lamps you have in a room, chose ones that you like and compliment that room.


Choosing the proper lightbulbs also has an effect on the ambience of that room.

Going to stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s is a good idea for their displays of lightbulbs. It will show you how bright or how dim they are.

Are you trying to achieve daylight or mood lighting.  

Wall Friendly Hanging Tips

A common question I get asked is, why do I need a mirror in a room? The short answer is, it is a statement piece.  

A mirror can create a feeling of spaciousness. Where are you place it is a important part of how the room will appear. It is a reflection and we want that reflection to show the beauty of the room.

Mirrors will also add depth to any size room. If your space is on the Small it will give the illusion of a larger space. Have fun when choosing your frame, there are so many choices out there. Be Creative.

The cost can range from very affordable to quite costly.

Don’t be afraid to look on Facebook marketplace, there are many great deals to be had. 

I have found several mirrors to buy as well as several I have sold.  Check it out.

Gallery Wall Art

This is a misleading term; today it is not only about art but Baskets, hats and even plates. The possibilities are endless for your room. Another great idea is to use family photos in black and white. It is a great conversation piece for family and friends who visit.

Decorating A Wall Quick Tips:

Again, less is best here as well. Let’s recap the things that we have spoken about above.

Here is what your wall will have.

  • Mirror
  • Shelf (if you have one)
  • Wall Art
  • Baskets
  • Plates
  • Framed Quotes or just a Word

If you are more of a minimalist, you can choose to use in one large statement piece (Large Art work, maybe with a light above it).

It is your room, and definately your Personality.  It is not necessary to have all of these elements on your wall.   

Decorative Throw Pillows

These to me are a game changer. Assorted decorative throw pillows are one of the simplest ways to add color and decorate a room on a budget. These are also seasonal, stylish and there are so many choices. As an example, see below:

Purchasing a New Pillows: Average cost $20-$50 per Pillow (ouch)

Pillow Cover: Best places for shopping, I find are at, Amazon, Target, Walmart and even Etsy. You can pick up covers in the price range of $15-$20. Most times the Shipping is Free.



Here’s another area that I just can’t seem to get enough of and mainly because Baskets are so affordable.
They are easy to store and are lightweight. Some are even good for DIY simple projects. NEW LIFE…..

Keeping a room clean and organized, baskets are your answer.

NOTE:  Be careful of what you put in it that  you don’t end up like me . . . I can’t remember what I put in there. So to help with that you can add Tags. There are so many choices for labels and tags in the stores or online.

Another great storage idea for baskets would be your throw pillows and/or extra throws.  Theses are two things you can never have enough of. Let’s talk about children’s toys, that is another alternative to keeping a tidy space. I have picked up many beautiful and inexpensive baskets at Walmart. IKEA is another inexpensive alternative.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money and shopping for these baskets is always …… FUN!   

Get Personal
Modern Personal Style Living Room

Personal items help to make a room feel comfortable and definitely show your personality. Mixing Personal as well as new decor gives the room character. It is also a conversation starter. Depending upon what you put in the room.

Personal items help to make a room feel comfortable and definitely show your personality. Mixing Personal as well as new decor gifts the room character. It is also a conversation starter. Depending upon what you put in the room. Think old mixed in with new decor instantly gives you a timeless well designed look.

When visitors come they will say “this house is soooo you”.

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