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20 ideas for decorating small spaces on a budget

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3BHK, Puranik's Abidante, Bavdhan Mediterranean style living room by Design Evolution Lab Mediterranean
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We all want our home to look like they belong in a design magazine, but often the budget stands in the way of achieving our dreams. Instead of thinking about that expensive piece of furniture or rug that you can’t afford, how about sprucing up your home with some home improvement ideas on a budget?

In today’s ideabook we present you with several ideas that can help you to bring a stylish look to your home without spending too much. It includes easy-to-implement smart design ideas for small spaces.

1. An artistic wall shelf

3BHK, Puranik's Abidante, Bavdhan Mediterranean style living room by Design Evolution Lab Mediterranean
Design Evolution Lab

3BHK, Puranik's Abidante, Bavdhan

Design Evolution Lab

Blank walls can make a room look dull. When decorating a small house on a budget, one of the easiest ways to add style to a wall is by painting it a lovely colour, but if you feel this idea is overused, then a geometric or artistic book shelf can add an interesting feature to the blank space. If you are good at carpentry, you can even make it yourself.

2. Sophistication in the TV area

You don’t have to invest in expensive television furniture to make the living room look more organized. Instead, get a wall mounted shelf with drawers for storing CDs and remotes. A light panel board with backlighting is a stylish and inexpensive proposition for framing the wall-mounted TV. This design won’t take up too much space or interfere with the small living room furniture arrangement.

3. A cheap makeover

Add style to a living room with just a few inexpensive touches. Consider covering a floor lamp with colourful fabric to brighten up the room. If the background wall looks too plain, stretch and paste some leftover fabric over some plywood or cardboard to create an instant backdrop. It’s one of those frugal DIY projects that you can get done over the weekend.

4. A partition shelf

When you are looking for apartment storage ideas on a budget, think of furniture that is functional as well as stylish. A wall shelf like the one in this image acts as a room divider in addition to providing space to display décor accessories.

5. DIY art

You don’t need expensive art or the work of a famous artist to make your walls look good. Buy a canvas and let the artist in you take over. Try to bring in colours that are present in the rest of the décor in the living room. Once it’s done, all you need to spend on is the frame for your masterpiece.

6. Paper lampshades

If you are looking for cute cheap ways to decorate an apartment, we have to perfect idea. Buy a few paper lampshades and hang them over your existing lights. It works with almost any type of décor style, whether it’s modern or rustic. Choose white for a minimalist home and brighter colours for rustic or country-style homes.

7. Repaint old chairs

Mahim Residence got a blue touch Scandinavian style dining room by Olive Roof Scandinavian
Olive Roof

Mahim Residence got a blue touch

Olive Roof

Do you feel like your dining room needs a makeover? How about repainting the chairs in another colour?

8. Customize rental furniture

Dining Table Designs Online Asian style dining room by homify Asian Plywood

Dining Table Designs Online


Nowadays, with the availability of cheap rental furniture, it’s much easier to implement home improvement ideas on a budget. You can take it a step further by adding bright covers to dining chairs or chaises to bring a personalized look that matches your décor.

9. Mirrors

When it comes to cheap home decorating ideas for small spaces, mirrors can become your favourite allies. They not only add style to the space, but also reflect the light to make the area appear larger than it is. Choose frames that add drama to the space.

10. Bar on the wall

If you want a bar area in your home, but can’t afford fancy furniture, invest in a floating shelf over a sideboard in the dining room. Fix racks underneath for storing wine glasses, and you have an easy DIY bar unit.

11. Go green

Luxurious Washroom Modern bathroom by homify Modern

Luxurious Washroom


Plants provide one of the best options for cheap decorating ideas for apartments and small houses. Add a potted plant in the corner of the bathroom to bring a refreshing feel to the space.

12. Candles and flowers

Bathroom Modern bathroom by homify Modern



Other DIY ideas for how to decorate a small bathroom include placing a flower arrangement and aroma candles on the counter. It brings a spa-like atmosphere that elevates the style in the bathroom. Instead of flowers, which you need to refresh often, consider a small potted plant with a fragrant herb or flowers.

13. An organised laundry area

Whether you live in an apartment or a small house, having a separate area to tuck away the laundry can bring elegance to your home. It doesn’t cost much to organize a space like you see here with a pull-out ironing board, a rack for hanging clothes and pretty baskets for storing things. Your house will look ultra-modern.

Get a professional interior designer to help you with this, to add style to a space-saving project.

14. Display shelves in the bath

walk in closet Modern bathroom by ZERO9 Modern

walk in closet


For small bathrooms, space is always a constraint. Instead of adding furniture that will crowd the floor space within the room, fix floating shelves on which you can organize your toiletries and cosmetics. Make it look like an expensive display that you would usually see in a high-end store.

15. Lift the curtains

NEMI VILLA Modern style bedroom by INNERSPACE Modern



When you are looking for cheap ideas on how to decorate a small bedroom, consider adding depth to the space by moving the curtain rod closer to the ceiling. This way, the curtains will flow from the ceiling to the floor and make the room look bigger. In the market, you can find readymade curtains that aren’t too expensive. They come in a range of fabrics and prices.

Get inspired by these curtain design ideas to add beauty to your home.

16. DIY wall sculpture

Bedroom Headboard and wall design Modern style bedroom by homify Modern

Bedroom Headboard and wall design


If you are looking for DIY projects for small bedrooms, then a decorative feature, such as this one, can easily be made with wire or thick twine, adhesive and some colourful beads and buttons. It will brighten up the space and add beauty to the wall.

17. Change the laminates

Borivali Residence Asian style kitchen by Midas Dezign Asian
Midas Dezign

Borivali Residence

Midas Dezign

If you are bored with the way your kitchen looks, liven it up by changing the laminates on the cupboards. You don’t have to change them all, just a few will do the trick to make the room look new, without you having to spend much.

18. Repaint the cabinets

Another idea, which you can also include among your frugal DIY projects, for introducing freshness to a kitchen or even a bedroom, is to repaint the cabinets or wardrobes in a stunning shade. Try to choose a colour that contrasts the walls and the floor or matches the tiles.

19. Under stair shelves

Stairs open display and storage by homify Asian

Stairs open display and storage


If you have a staircase in your house, build a customized shelf unit under it, which can serve as a display space for your living room décor accessories.

20. A bold colour on the wall

Asian classic style Foyer with Puja area Modern corridor, hallway & stairs by homify Modern

Asian classic style Foyer with Puja area


A feature wall in a bold or contrast colour is a great way to add a memorable element to any part of the house, whether it’s a living room or a bedroom. You can either attempt this on your own or get the help of a professional painter. Consider decorating with thrift store finds such as masks or mirrors to add to the stylishness.

If you are unsure about how to go about redecorating your house, you should consult a professional to help you with the task. Inform him about the budget that you have in mind so that he can come up with innovative small home decorating ideas that are perfect for your home.

Which of these ideas are you going to try? Leave a comment to let us know.
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