4 Ways to Update a Room on a Budget

LAST UPDATED: Apr 30, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Mar 06, 2018 | By: Julie Blanner

Budget. It’s a word I don’t like to use, but with what feels like endless projects on our to do list right now, I’m trying to be conscious of my spending.

tips to decorate on a budget

Isla’s room has been somewhat neglected. I never really transitioned it from a nursery to her big girl room and doing it all at once feels a bit overwhelming to me,  so I’m taking it a step at a time.

Chris and I sat down to prioritize projects for the year and Isla’s room didn’t make the cut. I had considered installing wallpaper on the wall behind her bed to integrate a little color and pattern, but between paper and installation, I ultimately decided to favor that word budget.

bedroom refresh

Undeterred, Isla and I got to work!

easy art ideas for a girls bedroom

It’s easy to update a room on a budget, especially when implementing these tips:

  1. Shop your home first. I have a few shelves of miscellaneous decor in our basement that are not in use, but I’m not ready to let go of yet. I find that shopping your own home often inspires you or forces you to get creative.
  2. Shop Etsy. I purchase a lot of our custom art from Etsy and not only is it inexpensive, but it’s personalized, which makes a room feel special. I had her name done in calligraphy for her nursery in our previous home and it fits beautifully above her nightstand {Robin Love Steele}. how to decorate on a budget
  3. Look to big box stores to get the look for less. Similar lamps are $100+, but this was less than $30 at Target. She is so proud of her lamp! lamp look for less
  4. Bring in pattern and texture in a small way to make a big impact. You don’t have to go to the effort and expense of wallpaper to bring in pattern. A duvet and/or a pillow or two is an easy way to bring in both. decorating tip: use pillows to bring in texture
  5. Take it one step at a time. With so many before and afters online it’s easy to feel the pressure to do the same, but often design doesn’t happen overnight. It can also help you create a thoughtful space.

A few more notes about this room – Isla’s bedroom furniture was a Craigslist purchase. Until they’re a bit older and can care for their furniture, I don’t want to invest much in it. This way I don’t sweat it when it gets colored on, chipped, etc.

The art on the left wall was a quick and easy project utilizing stationary, mounting tape and spray paint to update inexpensive frames for her nursery.

Well, I’m off to snuggle Isla June and brainstorm my next refresh! Hope you have a beautiful day!