Budget room decorator ideas: How to design like a professional without the price

by Maryann Ross Levanti 10/16/2022

With the right ideas, you can make budget room decoration worthy of a professional. Save your hard-earned money on simple DIY solutions rather than hiring an interior designer, and you'll end up with a design all your own. If you want to achieve room decor befitting an expert, here are some ideas to inspire you:

Update existing furniture

Updating your existing furniture is always a more budget-friendly room decor idea than buying new pieces. There are many ways you can update your furniture to make them seem new. In some cases, a simple bit of wood varnish or fabric cleaner can work wonders. For upholstered furnishings, you can often have the upholstery replaced entirely with new fabric for a fresh start.

While this option does cost more than a few rounds with a steam cleaner, it's easy on the budget and makes a big impact in a space. To save more, try using virtual interior design tools to preview new fabrics and colors before you buy them.

Avoid too many matching pieces

It's common for furniture retailers to sell entire sets of matching furniture. However, a more cost-conscious room decorator idea would be to avoid matching sets and instead mix furniture from multiple sources. You can find vintage or secondhand furnishings in excellent condition and combine them to create a truly unique design. If you want to maintain a more formal style, a set of matching armchairs or a chair and sofa combo are perfect without breaking the bank.

Don't forget window coverings

Window coverings are essential to great room design, and they don't need to cost a fortune. DIY savvy homeowners can make their own curtains with fabric bought in bulk. Even the most simple curtains can affect the aesthetics of the entire room and make it seem professionally decorated.

For smaller windows, try light-colored or sheer drapes to make the space feel complete without sacrificing natural light. Adding even the simplest window coverings is a room-decor idea you can use no matter the size of your budget.

About the Author

Maryann Ross Levanti

I'm Maryann Ross Levanti, looking forward to meeting you and helping you find your new home and/or sell your current one. I've lived in Fairfield County the majority of my life - grew up in Westport, (Coleytown, Coleytown, Staples), undergrad at UPenn, masters from Edinburgh, Scotland. I'm ABR and GRI certified, and hold a broker's license in real estate, as well as a provisional appraiser license. Additionally, I am the exclusive agent for CCO Habitats - a HOBI award winning building company which regularly offers new construction homes as well as renovated homes to the market in Westport. In my 20 plus years of selling homes, I've learned many things - among them - the customer is not always right. Nor am I. However, if we work together we have a much better chance of being correct and either getting your home sold or finding the home that best suits your needs. Yes, I'm outspoken and opinionated. But anyone with a license can open a door - wouldn't you rather have doors opened by someone who actually tells you the truth and is willing to put her years of experience and knowledge into working 24/7 for you to help you understand what you're getting into? You may not always like what you hear, and there are no crystal balls in this business. But I believe an informed decision is always better. Hopefully you do too! As a yearly winner of the Connecticut Five Star Realtor award and frequently repeated recipient of customer service awards indicate; my priority is you, my client, and my clients appreciate it. Put my local knowledge, professional skills, ethics and dedication to work for you - give me a call 203.984.5157.