We all want our homes to look like a million bucks, even if the majority of us have never even come close to having a million dollar home. Our homes are an extension of ourselves and the way you decorate says a lot about who you are. I put together a list of 21 low-budget ideas on how to make your home look like it’s best. These are my favorites home decor ideas and I’m integrating them into my home ASAP! Just wait until you see how amazing you can make crappy closet doors look.
Low Budget Home Decor Ideas
1 | Turn A Basket Into A Pendant Light
How chic do these basket pendant lights look? Woven baskets are an easy find at any thrift store or flea market, and they are usually a few cents to a few dollars. It’s an affordable way to add beautiful lighting to any room.
2 | Window Planters + Shutters
Adding a window planter and some shutters can make all the difference on a home. Not to mention your curb appeal will be higher. It’s a great way to add some color too! Get creative with your flowers and the color of shutters. Doesn’t this small change look so much better? I can’t wait to own a home one day to do this!
3 | Teak On Shower Floors
Now here is an upgrade to make your bathroom feel more like a spa. Add teak to your shower floor and make your bathroom a place you want to spend all your time. Want to make your bathroom more of an oasis? Read this post!
4 | A Floor Made of Pennies
Make your house look like a million bucks by using a million pennies, or a few less than that. This floor is the coolest floor money can make. Plus, you can make all kinds of designs, get creative.
5 | Upgrade Your Plain Closet Doors
All you need for this nifty door DIY is a quart of paint, two faux-plaster ceiling medallions, and two gold knobs (if you don’t already have some you love). You can turn boring and plain bifold closet doors into something that should be in a million dollar home. This is one of my favorite home decor ideas!
6 | Faux Painted Marble Countertops
For just $30 you can have an $800 looking marble counter. Erin of Earnest Home co. did an incredible job of painting (yes, this counter is painted) faux marble! If you’re not one to paint, you can use marble tiles to achieve a similar look for less than a marble slab would cost. While you’re in the kitchen, you can organize your pantry because most million dollar homes are well organized.
7 | Foam Crown Molding As Cheap Home Decor
A cheaper and easier way to achieve the expensive look of crown molding is to go with foam. There are zero power tools needed and pretty much anyone can do it! I know how much of a hassle actual crown molding can be, I’ve helped my dad put it up at his house and it’s complicated. Not to mention it can cost hundreds. I bet now he’s wishing he’d have done the foam alternative instead right about now.
8 | Mailbox Makeover
How sad does that mailbox on the left look? Do you have a sad mailbox? Cami gave her mailbox the most gorgeous makeover and I think it looks like a million bucks.
9 | Panel Your Doors
For $12 you can make your ugly, old doors look expensive. This is a DIY I’d hop on board with, literally. At that price point it’s one of the cheap home decor ideas worth doing.
10 | Woven Curtains For Your Windows
Weave your window curtains to achieve a unique look. All your friends will be jealous of how put-together your windows are. These curtains scream expensive and make for a cheap home decor idea since you can use pretty much any curtains.
11 | Washi Tape Your Fridge
A renter-friendly upgrade can be to use washi tape on your plain fridge. It’s easy, it’s cheap, and it looks oh so chic. You can do stripes, polka dots, or whatever other pattern you prefer. You didn’t think your fridge would be included in a list of home decor ideas, did you?
12 | Make Your Tub Look Expensive, Inexpensively
By using some wood and stone, your builders tub can look custom! Now that is a place I’d like to soak for hours. This home decor idea is one for the books. Look at that tub!
13 | Replace Closet Rods With Hooks As A Cheap Home Decor Hack
Replace those lame closet rods with some fancy hooks and you have a million dollar closet. It’s the perfect place to hang your coats and it’s genius! No more cluttered closets.
14 | Paint Those Ugly Cabinets
Instead of replacing cabinets, which can costs lots of $$$, try painting them. Change out the knobs or handles while you’re at it and you have a brand new look.
15 | Shiplap Walls Using Plywood
Shiplap can costs hundreds of dollars but you can use plywood instead and save so much money, it’s crazy. Cheap home decor can look amazing.
16 | Frame Light Switches & Outlets
Head on down to the dollar store or thrift store and buy some cheap frames, paint them, then hang them around light switches and outlets. Simple. Most people pay no attention to the light switches but they can definitely make a difference. It’s the little home decor ideas that make all the difference.
17 | Paint Ceiling Fans
If you haven’t realized by now, a bit of paint can make all the difference. Fans are often overlooked and they shouldn’t be! A crappy old fan can be disgusting to look at. Add some paint and you’ll want to lay in bed staring at your fan all day. I suggest either going with a bright white all over or sleek black. While you’re at it, change out those yellow lightbulbs for daylight bulbs and thank me later.
18 | Double Up On Shower Curtains
Two shower curtains instead of one can make your bathroom look like it should be in a magazine. It has more of a regal, high-end look to it. Be sure to get floor length curtains to really make it look like a million bucks, it will also add height to your bathroom.
19 | Make A Faux Fireplace
There is something about fireplaces that just scream expensive. Have you noticed how most million dollar homes have some type of fireplace? You can make your home or apartment have one too by making one! A faux fireplace, that is. This home decor idea is one to tackle on a weekend.
20 | Make A Fire Pit For Your Backyard
While you’re making a fireplace for the inside of your home, make a fire pit for the outside and one that actually has fire! This DIY concrete bowl fire pit is super sleek and super cool. Now I just need to move out of my apartment and get a backyard so I can make this home decor idea!
21 | Wallpaper In Small Spaces
Imagine if you did all of these home decor ideas, your home would look like a million bucks. Even if you did one or two it would make all the difference! It’s amazing how good you can make things look with a little bit of money. Cheap home decor that looks expensive is something to be proud of. When you make things yourself, you’ll love them even more. A super easy furniture DIY is my marble entryway table, it’s inexpensive and a great project for beginners. If you want an even easier project to try then you can make a DIY flower mirror.
Do you have any home decor ideas that can make your house look expensive? Leave them below in the comments, I’m always on the lookout for new home decorating ideas or cheap home decor I can make. I mean, who doesn’t love saving money? Then you can finally afford that trip to Hawaii you’ve been wanting to go on!