It can be extremely tempting to constantly update your space, but if you’re forever refreshing your home, the prices can add up quickly. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to update a room without splurging.
We turned to a few of our favorite experts to ask for their top suggestions on budget-friendly home updates. Whichever update you choose, one thing's for sure: making a few small changes can lead to some major aesthetic improvements.
1. Make a Statement Wall
Adding color is the perfect way to upgrade your space, but paint and wallpaper can get pricey. Luckily, statement walls are still an on-trend and cost-effective solution.
“A statement wall can be the perfect way to spruce up a bedroom, living room, kitchen, or dining room,” Drew Scott of Lone Fox Home says. “You can opt for a playful pattern or pop of color with paint, as that can always be easily changed—many people tend to think paint is a permanent decision. Redoing a wall is also a fun weekend activity to do by yourself, with friends, or with family.”
Best of all, with so many removable peel-and-stick wallpaper options, this tip works for renters and homeowners alike.
Blooming Wall Peony Daisy Peel and Stick Wallpaper
2. Switch Up What You Have
Even if your budget is totally nonexistent, Scott assures us there’s still hope.
“If you are looking for an extremely budget-friendly option, switch up your home decor,” Scott tells us. “Remove all the decor from every room, place everything on a table so you can see each piece, and restyle room by room. This will keep things feeling fresh for $0, and you’ll be surprised how much these simple swaps will refresh your home.”
3. Think Small
You don’t need to change something huge for maximum effect. Scott tells us that even small changes can make a difference.
“While decorative accents tend to be on the smaller scale, they make a big impact,” Scott says. “There is no need to blow your budget on throw pillows, vases, frames, and candles. Try checking out HomeGoods, Amazon, Wayfair, or even your local thrift store."
Scott notes that he often scores vases at thrift stores, later thrift-flipping and spray painting them to match his home’s aesthetic.
"Honestly, no one can tell a difference between a $500 vase and a $2 vase, so it’s really how the room looks in the end,” he says.
MinMod Round Pillow Cushion
4. Help Re-Home Some Plants
Clara Leung of Clara’s Green House is a huge proponent of adding plants to any and all rooms. Leung even runs an online Facebook Marketplace shop (also called Clara’s Green House) where she sells plants with homemade soil and planters.
“Houseplants can make a home feel more tranquil,” Leung says. But, buying plants can get pricey, so Leung gave us a few tips for cutting costs—you just need to know where to look, and what to look for.
“Facebook Marketplace is a great option to find budget-friendly plants to decorate your home, as oftentimes, people are rehoming plants they no longer need, so they can be half the cost of what you’d pay at a nursery,” Leung says.
She also listed a few plant options that tend to stay on the side of affordability. “The snake plant is a very budget-friendly plant—you can get them for as cheap as $5," she notes. "The ZZ plant is also a great, inexpensive plant option.”
5. Upgrade Your Planters
If you’re already stocked with plants, Leung suggests instead swapping out your planters—and this also doesn’t have to break the bank.
“You can find a terracotta planter from budget stores like Dollar General for $1,” Leung says. “Snake and ZZ plants do well in dry soils, and terracotta is known to absorb water fast, so these plants work perfectly placed in terracotta planters.”
6. Add a Little Something to Every Room
As TikTok user Lidia Salazar shows on her account @everyday_home, changing a few small things in a bunch of different rooms can lead to a more holistic upgrade to your home. By adding eucalyptus leaves in her entryway and shower, swapping out throw pillow covers, and framing an inexpensive Etsy download, Salazar's space transitions seamlessly from winter to spring. It's proof that a few small changes can affect the whole vibe of a space.