Decorating a room with a few key pieces under $500 makes a huge impact if you stick to these tried-and-true tips. From adding graphic prints to swapping out your tired coffee table, there’s no need to break the bank to redecorate.
5 Designer Tips
1. Quality over quantity. It’s better to have one well-made chair than four that won’t last.
2. Find pieces with color and texture. Bold accents make a room shine.
3. Consider gently used or vintage pieces to cut your costs. Almost new is as good as new!
4. Skip the latest fads. Look for classic styles that will stand the test of time.
5. Be open to surprises and go for pieces that speak to you. Not everyone loves a hot pink ottoman, but you do.
Prints are one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to transform a room. Whether you lean frames on a mantle or hang them in a graphic grid, art gets you a big bang for your buck. Look for groupings of four or more framed pieces that are ready to hang, and won’t incur framing costs.
Lighting is like jewelry for your home, and you should look for gently used designer pieces that will steal the show. This table lamp pays homage to designer Karl Springer at a fraction of the cost. Bonus: it comes with a perfectly sized lampshade and sparkly chrome accents.
Whether you want to create a reading nook in your guest room or add extra seating in the den, hunt for accent chairs with interesting shapes and sturdy construction. With upholstered furniture, it’s better to spend your hard-earned dollars on quality pieces that will last forever. And if you don’t love the existing fabric, take it to your local upholsterer for a makeover.
Decorative mirrors with striking frames (gold starbursts always steal the show) do triple duty. Mirrors brighten rooms by reflecting light, add whimsy to walls, and can be used in every room of the house. Hang over a sink in a powder room, transform a hallway, or glam up your closet.
Whether it’s a playful piece like this patterned glass mosaic coffee table or an antique with incredible details, it always pays to find furniture that surprises and delights. An item with character beats out all the plain Jane pieces, and you can find plenty of secondhand options from dealers and designers that will come in under budget.