Shelves. Artwork isn’t the only way to personalize your walls. Instead, consider installing affordable shelving from places like Target or Ikea and fill them with books and knickknacks for a warm, lived-in feel.
Don’t want to cover your entire wall with shelving? Stretch your dollar further by purchasing a few individual shelves versus a larger set and fill them with finds from secondhand shops.
Table runners. Ditch stuffy tablecloths and accessorize your dining table with a runner instead. You can buy one already made or create your own with your favorite fabric and an afternoon with the sewing machine.
Clothespins and wire. Looking for an affordable way to hang artwork? Get crafty by hanging wire and attaching artwork via clothespins. Not only is this inexpensive and creative, but it also allows you to change out artwork with no hassle.
Draperies. They're a fairly common accessory, but they become especially interesting when used in unexpected ways. If your bed could use a little pizzazz, create a backdrop using a curtain. Look for a complementary color that helps your linens shine, as this purple drapery does for this bed’s gold elements.
Frames. Gallery walls provide a great answer for displaying your favorite artwork in a chic fashion. Whether you have a collection of themed prints or an assortment of artwork featuring many styles, using the same frame will create cohesion and tie them altogether. Visit Ikea or Michael’s for affordable options.
An extra set of bed sheets. Want to give your bedroom an eclectic feel without too much effort? Buy an additional sheet set and mix the two. Pair textured white pillowcases with a patterned sheet or mix up two sheet sets in complementary colors. Have some fun with it.
A can of paint. You’ve heard this time and time again, but a coat of paint can make all the difference. Slap a bold red onto an antique desk to give it a contemporary spin or update your wall color for a dramatic new look. If the task seems too daunting, start small by painting inexpensive accessories, like vases.
An accent chair. If you have a bit more room in your budget, you might be able to introduce a few pricier considerations. One option to think about is the accent chair, especially if your space is done primarily in all neutrals. A bright complement will freshen the space immediately.
A mural. Sure, you can easily paint your wall or choose bold wallpaper. However, you simply can’t beat the statement of a wall mural. Have a talented artist for a friend? Hire him or her to paint it directly onto your wall for an application completely unique to your space.
New upholstery. Remember that incredible antique loveseat you hunted down at a flea market years ago? Get it out of storage and turn it into the beauty you envisioned with new upholstery. Either hire a professional upholsterer or, if you’re handy, take an upholstery class and give it a try yourself.
Fresh flowers. One of the simplest, most affordable ways to revitalize a space. A tax return well spent!