The Whimsical Look on a Budget

Follow these 4 tips for making your decorating fantasies come true while on a budget.
lookforless_sec713

lookforless_sec713

Let your imagination take flight no matter how down-to-earth your budget is. Consider these suggestions for creating a fantastic ambience.

  1. Achieve a fantasy look on the walls even if you're an amateur painter. Mix a color wash of four parts glazing medium to one part paint. Dip a brush into the mixture and apply the paint in a crosshatching motion.

  2. Buy furniture that's as plump and comfortable as you can afford. You can stitch slipcovers for chairs bought at a hotel liquidation store. And you can cover couch cushions with a funky fabric of your choosing. Keep in mind that repeating patterns unifies decorating elements. In the pictured room, squares in the sofa cushions are repeated in the cabinetry and again on the side tables. Swirls in the rug repeat the circular movement of the clock and the topiaries.

  3. The pictured cabinet was built affordably from a 4-foot-square plywood box divided into nine equal sections. If you aren't a skilled builder, look for similar bookcases at furniture stores and mass merchandisers. Stow books and living-room essentials in the closed cabinets, and use the open shelves to display a favorite collection. Shop flea markets and garage sales for items like old garden finials, antique yarn spools and old wooden bowling pins to create a lighthearted look.

  4. Fresh flowers are always appropriate to a whimsical look, and you can also accessorize with arrangements of fresh fruit that add color and natural scents.

Next Up

Staycationing? Update Your Living Room on the Cheap

Breath new life into your living room with these budget-friendly update ideas.

Living Room Style on a Budget

In her favorite room, Emily Henderson, host of Secrets From a Stylist, shares her secrets withHGTV Magazine—from thrift store finds to DIY art.

Income Property Flips to Sell

See how some motivated home sellers renovated a kitchen and bathroom in less than three weeks. 

Budget-Friendly Living Room

Designer Shelley Rodner kept this family's budget intact by mixing new design elements to already-owned pieces to give the space an upgrade.

A Luxurious Bedroom for Less

8 tips for making the most of your budget

Surviving Without a Kitchen During Your Remodel

Tips on how to get home-cooked meals and not spend too much money on take-out food.

$100 Half-Day Designs: Create a Cozy Reading Nook

Custom shades, chocolate paint and candles are used to create a cozy reading nook.

Modern Budget-Friendly Kitchen

Designer Matthew Coates creates an open concept kitchen at the heart of a new home.

Antique-Inspired Living Room

Designer Heather Hilliard transforms a living room into a fresh and inviting space that integrates family treasures with charming design.

$100 Half-Day Designs: Install Floating Shelves

Enhance walls with floating shelves to display favorite decorative accessories and artwork.

Go Shopping

Refresh your home with stylish products handpicked by HGTV editors.

On TV

Fixer Upper

12pm | 11c

Fixer Upper

1pm | 12c

Fixer Upper

2pm | 1c

Fixer Upper

3pm | 2c

Fixer Upper

4pm | 3c

Fixer Upper

5pm | 4c

Fixer Upper

6pm | 5c

House Hunters

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Home Town

8pm | 7c

Home Town

9pm | 8c

Rehab Addict

10pm | 9c

Rehab Addict

10:30pm | 9:30c

Bahamas Life

11pm | 10c

Bahamas Life

11:30pm | 10:30c

Home Town

12am | 11c

Rehab Addict

1am | 12c

Rehab Addict

1:30am | 12:30c

Bahamas Life

2:30am | 1:30c

Home Town

3am | 2c

Vintage Flip

4:30am | 3:30c

Watch Live TV

Don't miss your favorite shows.

Live Stream HGTV Now

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.