10 home decorating ideas if you’re on a budget

Fellow interiors addicts will know that keeping your home decor on point is serious business (and an expensive habit).

We’ve rounded up 10 ideas for decorating on a budget, so you can update your interior style without the hefty price tag.

1. Affordable oak-look sideboard

Sideboards and buffets are living room staples; they’re perfect for displaying decor, books, and photos, as well as storing clutter away behind closed doors.

This oak-look sideboard is perfect for displaying decor and keeping clutter hidden away, and it’s just $39 from Kmart.

2. Scandi-style storage

A cheap decorating idea for your living room is ladders. They’re versatile and look the part, especially if you can nail a Scandi-style ladder. It’s a stylish storage solution, perfect for displaying plants and decor or storing essentials in the living room or home office.

Looking for cheap house decor? Try adding a Scandi-style bookshelf to add a Nordic influence to your interiors.

3. Budget chest of drawers

If you choose a white base for your bedroom then you can have a play with the on-trend pieces of the season.

With summer upon us, think palm leaves, bold patterns and an affordable leaf print. An end of bed seat can also double up as an entrance seat. Bonus.

Be sure to check out all your fave budget homeware retailers for furniture bargains under $100 – they come in all styles and make a perfect addition for any boudoir.

A chest of drawers like this, available from Big W, is the perfect piece to match on-trend pieces with.

4. Faux indoor plants

Love indoor plants, but struggle to keep them alive? Artificial plants are a great way to spruce up your space when you’re decorating on a budget.

When fake plants look just as good as the real deal. Picture: Tamara Graham

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5. Tray time

Looking for living room ideas on a budget? Try adding a stylish tray to your coffee table, and layering with a magazine or book, a candle, and a vase or small plant.

Refresh your living area. Styling: Emma Blomfield. Picture: Lisa Zhu.

See more: 5 coffee table books to update your lounge room

6. Vertical styling

Adding stylish artwork to your walls doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With a timber-look frame, this abstract print will instantly transform a living space with beautiful on-trend colours. Proof that cheap decor doesn’t have to be tacky.

7. Layer textures and materials

Layering different textures and materials can add warmth and character to any space, and cushions are a great way to do this on a budget.

Try mixing and matching colours and materials like linen, fringing and faux leather, and teeming complementary colours together, like green and pink.

Try layering cushions with different materials and textures to add character and personality. We love these ones from Big W.

8. Add a touch of terrazzo

Terrazzo is an on-trend finish that adds a touch of modern luxury to any space, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. Try adding a touch of terrazzo in a side table – it’s perfect for any space from bedroom to bathroom, kitchen to living room.

Why not try adding a touch of terrazzo to your home with a sexy side table like this one?

9. Go bold with bed linen

The new season drop at Big W includes an array of bright and reversible quilt cover sets, but the difference between these and others on the market is that you could pick one up with a $10 note and still take home change.

That’s not just for a single bed either; the low price applies to quilt cover sets to fit double, queen – and even king-sized beds.

There are styles to suit any bedroom aesthetic, from the jungle leaf and botanical print style pictured below, to a Hamptons-style blue and yellow option.

10. Sit and store

What teenager doesn’t need a tidy place to store their shoes? Add a stylish Scandi-style bench seat with a shoe rack for a teenage bedroom that looks good and stays organised.

Pictures courtesy of Kmart and Big W.

Originally published as 10 home decorating ideas if you’re on a budget by Erin Morris. Author at realestate.com.au.