5 Easy Interior Design Tips for When You're on a Budget

Liz | Balance + Rhythm
by Liz | Balance + Rhythm

Today, we're talking about interior design on a budget. I'll discuss ways to indulge your senses and elevate your space. Use these tips to create luxurious spaces without busting your budget.

Whenever we hear the word luxury, we think of high-end and expensive. Home renovations and big furniture purchases can transform a space, but they come with a pretty big price tag.

If those things aren't in the budget right now, there are still many small and inexpensive ways to elevate a home and create more beauty and comfort without spending a mint.

Let's look at a few of the little things you can do to indulge your senses, elevate your space, and add luxury to your life.

1. Softness

Textiles add softness and texture to a space, not only enhancing visual and tactile appeal but also adding to acoustic comfort.

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Consider investing in soft bedding sets that invite relaxation, and let's not overlook the power of decorative pillows!

They add a comforting element and can be a focal point of the room's décor. Soft bedding and pillows add a softness that turns your bedroom into a cozy haven.

Interior design on a budget

Transform your dining space with the simple addition of a beautiful tablecloth.

Go for natural textures like cotton or linen to give it an organic, fresh touch.

Interior design on a budget

Throw blankets and pillows can add warmth and texture to your living areas.

Choose throws with soft, inviting materials that beckon you to sit down and unwind. Think chunky knit blankets for a cozy touch or silk throws for a dash of elegance.

Drapery and rugs can be a little more of an investment, but they come in a wide range of pricing to fit almost any budget.

Natural fabrics like cotton, linen, silk, and wool are always a great choice, giving a soft and luxurious feel. You can also get a similar look with items made of synthetic fibers that are a little easier on the wallet.

2. Freshness

Cut flowers and greenery are a great way to bring the outdoors in, adding color, texture, and fragrance to your space and helping to elevate your mood.

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Whether hand-picked from your garden or selected from a local market, these gorgeous additions are accessories that embody freshness that resonates with joy and tranquility.

Interior design on a budget

Place them in a beautiful container that enhances and reinforces your style.

The containers you place your greenery in elevate and showcase the unique beauty of each bloom and leaf by blending with your existing décor to create a uniquely "you."

There are many beautiful choices, like the delicate elegance of a glass vase, sleek ceramic designs, rustic rough clay, and even woven designs to coordinate with any space.

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3. Express your style

Think about displaying items in your space that reflect your personality and make you smile.

Do you love to read? Consider creating a dedicated space to showcase your favorite reads.

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You can arrange your books in a visually pleasing manner, maybe by color or size, and turn your book collection into a piece of art that represents you.

Interior design on a budget

Or maybe travel is your thing, and you've collected some special treasures from your trips.

Blend them into your interior to remind you of good times. Each item tells a story, triggers a memory, and can be great conversation pieces when you have guests over.

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Even quirky items and heirlooms you love can add a personal touch to a space and bring you joy daily.

Don't shy away from flaunting those quirky items or family heirlooms that you hold dear. They can be conversation starters and bring a rich depth of personality to your space.

Remember, when it comes to showcasing your personal items, balance is key. Adopt the 'less is more' approach to ensure each piece gets its moment to shine.

Create clean and organized spaces that allow you to accentuate your chosen items, letting them draw attention without feeling cluttered.

4. Subtle scents

A softly scented space is inviting, subtly drawing us in and creating a comforting environment.

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Candles of coconut wax and essential oils are a great choice for an elevated ambiance.

They not only fill your space with a gentle, lingering fragrance but also cast a warm, inviting glow that creates a haven of tranquility.

Interior design on a budget

Diffuser sticks are also a great decorative way to deliver scent to your space.

They serve a dual purpose - adding to your décor while subtly dispersing a steady stream of your chosen fragrance throughout the day. What's more, they require virtually no maintenance - set them up and let them work their magic.

The scents these items deliver can be inexpensively rotated from season to season. As we usher in cooler months, think of rich, spicy aromas like notes of cinnamon, vanilla, or amber.

As the warmer months approach, transition to lighter, fresher fragrances that bring a breath of fresh air into your home - think floral notes, citrus, or fresh linen.

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5. Imbibe in style

There's something so satisfying about holding a solid and comforting mug full of hot coffee in the early morning, a delicate teacup and saucer for afternoon tea or a beautiful piece of stemware to enjoy a glass of wine as you end the day.

Whether you're enjoying these little drink rituals on your own or with the favorite people in your life, make it special with beautiful glass, delicate porcelain, or ceramic drinkware that expresses your personal style.

Interior design on a budget

I hope you were able to get budget-friendly ways to elevate your space to use in your home.

What are some of the little ways you add luxury to your life? I'd love to know!

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