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30 Best Decorating Ideas for Anyone on a Budget

Get the designer look for less with these cheap and creative decorating ideas.

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Photo: Margaret Wright Photography. From: JLV Creative.

How to Decorate on a Budget

Whether you've recently moved into a new apartment or house or you've decided to revamp your current surroundings, you'll find that designing a home can be pretty expensive. There's furniture to buy, curtains to install, area rugs to lay down, entire rooms to paint or wallpaper, etc.

So, to help you achieve your vision for a little less, we're sharing all of the best ideas for decorating on a budget. Start by identifying the amount of money you're willing to spend ($50? $100? $500?) and then focus on one room or corner at a time. Most of these projects can be completed in a single afternoon, by people of any skill level.

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Photo: Stacy Zarin Goldberg. From: Zoe Feldman Design.

Turn Cutting Boards Into Kitchen Art

If you have cutting boards to spare, hang them on your kitchen walls as affordable artwork. In this chic kitchen by designer Zoe Feldman, the walnut cutting boards pull some organic texture into the space and balance out the sleek marble and metallic finishes.

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Look for Vintage Pennants

Instead of buying brand-new art, browse local flea markets and garage sales for vintage pennants. Depending on their size, most pennants cost just $10-$25 and can give your home a sense of history and character. If you're not sure where to start, look for flags that reflect your hometown, alma mater or some destinations on your bucket list.

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Photo: Carley Summers. From: Corine Maggio.

Embrace an Accent Wall

Wallpaper can do wonders for your bedroom. Save money by grabbing just one roll and creating an accent wall. In this contemporary bedroom, designer Corine Maggio specifically chose a floral print with blues hues to complement her client's existing headboard.

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