New Year, New Look: Decorating Your Home on a Budget

If you’re like most people, a New Year is an exciting time because of all the possibilities that lie ahead. Most women vow to spend more time at the gym and less time on the couch, or spend their money in meaningful ways, rather than frivolously. Another common goal that many frugal women focus on is spending more time at home, rather than out and about where they are tempted to spend money. Home is where the heart is, and if entertaining guests, turning your bathroom into a mini spa and freshening up your office brings you happiness, you might have also resolved to give your home a tiny makeover to make it a better reflection of you.

In keeping with your other financial goals, there are several ways you can update your personal space without spending a fortune.

1. Change your colors

White walls or outdated wallpaper can make a home with even the best furniture seem like it’s missing something. Painting your home can liven up a space, make a room look bigger and show your creativity. Even better, paint is relatively inexpensive. So invite some friends over, order pizza, play good music and watch your home evolve into a fresh atmosphere.

2. Think accents

Contrary to popular belief, your couches and big furniture pieces will not make or break the look and feel of your home, so don’t bother spending hundreds to update them. It’s actually the accent pieces that do the trick. A cool vase, an antique mirror, unusual candle sets, plants and artwork greatly change a room’s environment. You can also do wonders with what you already have by blowing up old pictures and framing them throughout your home.

3. Recycle

If your furniture is in really bad shape, you have a few options for changing it without buying a new. Reupholstering your chairs with a new fabric or purchasing new curtains and throw pillows can help you achieve the look you want at a price you can afford. The same improvements can be made to older wooden tables, dressers and bookcases. Sanding down the wood and staining it a color you prefer can help you match your furniture with your new decor.

So get creative, look at home décor magazines and lay out a strategy to reinvent your home for 2013!