Where to Save Money on Home Decor

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Decorating a house can be expensive — very expensive. So why spend where you don't have to? While sometimes splurging on high-quality expensive items is a good idea, there are plenty of other places where you can stand to spend a little less. So don't blow your budget by purchasing top-of-the-line everything. Here's where you can save money on home decor items.

Area Rugs

Area rugs come in a wide variety of price points, and if you can afford it go ahead and spend thousands. But for most of us investing in a high-end area rug isn't a great idea. Area rugs take a lot of abuse — they're always getting walked on, furniture gets dragged across them, and stuff gets spilled all over them. So why spend a lot of money on something that's so likely to get damaged and needs replacing? Inexpensive, stylish rugs are now available at low price points at all kinds of big box stores and specialty furniture stores, so finding something to suit your home and budget shouldn't be difficult.


As a general rule, lighting does not need to be expensive. While you may want to spend more on a special statement piece, the general illumination for any room can be purchased for a fairly low price. Cheap and cheerful table lamps, floor lamps and overhead fixtures can be found at all kinds of big-box furniture stores so there's no need to spend a fortune at a boutique store. And keep in mind that you can always customize them with things like paint, or you can simply add ribbon or fabric details to shades to make them suit your home a little more.

Side Tables

Large, significant pieces of furniture such as sofas and dining tables should not be bought on the cheap, but smaller pieces can be. It seems like side tables and even coffee tables are a dime a dozen these days and they can be purchased just about anywhere. If you find something that suits your style for a cheap price then snatch them up. Side tables just kind of sit there and look pretty so the quality and construction aren't all that important.


Updating hardware on furniture and cabinets can have a huge impact on a space, and the good news is that it doesn't have to be expensive. Specialty stores will charge a fortune for it, but big box stores have decent selections and keep the prices low. You can also visit vintage stores and buy online from sites like eBay.


Decorative accessories such as vases, picture frames, decorative boxes, and other objects are what really give a home personality, but that doesn't mean they have to break the bank. Accessorize bookcases, mantels, and tables with items that have meaning rather than those that have expensive price tags.

Throw Pillows

Throw pillows might just be the perfect home accent. They add color, pattern, texture, and comfort to just about any space. They’re also very powerful — they have the ability to change the look and feel of a room instantly. And the good news is you don't have to spend a fortune on them. Stick with inexpensive pillows and you'll be able to switch them around and change the look and feel of your room as often as you like.

 Knowing where to save on home decor items is important, but it's equally important to know where to spend the extra money on high-quality items. For more information check out these home decor items worth splurging on.