How to Decorate Chic Yet Cheap: 9 No-Cost Ideas

How to Decorate Chic Yet Cheap: 9 No-Cost Ideas nudges you to think more creatively about your approach to personalizing and beautifying a space. But it also demystifies the process with concrete steps. It may even make your checkbook love you. As we tiptoe around my home, you’ll get pep talk from a thrifty soul who has learned more than a few chic yet cheap tricks over the decades. 

Serene breakfast dining area of kitchen with window seat. Belgian linen pillows and slipcovered arm chairs. #hellolovelystudio #kitchendecor #serenedecor #breakfastroom #windowseat #belgianlinen
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Let’s talk money for a second. Sweet cozy Moses, it took a fair amount of cash to breathe life back into the neglected and forlorn fixer upper we renovated DIY style and call home! Decorating it became a supreme adventure in frugality. Instead of buying new, I shopped my house.

I’m sure plenty of other renovators can relate to this common pattern of events: expensive disasters inside walls and underneath floorboards unexpectedly spring up along the way. Invisible though they may be, they take precedence. Paying for repairs inevitably cuts into the decor budget.

So you can indeed trust the low cost decorating ideas here since girlfriend has lived it…not to mention she also has a doctorate in decorating while ghetto poor! Before becoming homeowners, we were macaroni and cheese poor forever with mortgage sized student loan debt. Lean years will train your eye, spark creativity, and teach dollar stretching, chic yet cheap lessons.

How to Decorate Chic Yet Cheap: 9 No-Cost Ideas

My serene whit ekitchen with modern farmhouse, classic, and French country style. Vintage Flower Market sign from Urban Farmgirl. Viatera quartz (Minuet) countertops and Louis linen upholstered bar stools. Round breakfast table and two linen slipcovered arm chairs. #hellolovelystudio #kitchendecor #serene #timeless #tranquildecor #frenchcountry #modernfarmhouse #whitekitchen
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Paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE “WHITE”

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Chic Yet Cheap Decorating Idea No. 1

Choose One Room

No need to give yourself an anxiety attack by tackling more than a single room for starters. Is there one space that torments you and is long overdue? Which one space have you wanted to address most?

10 Tips to Decorate Without Spending a Dime! My living room and dining room with Belgian style, and timeless tranquil decor. #hellolovelystudio #belgianstyle #belgianlinen #europeancountry
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Chic Yet Cheap Decorating Idea No. 2

Put On a New Mind

Here’s what I have observed over the years. Even though most folks totally understand on an intellectual level the concept of shopping their own home for decor, they struggle behaviorally and emotionally and get big time stuck.

It is no wonder we become paralyzed! Getting started is truly the biggest hurdle because let’s face it…most of us have a bunch of stuff spread out across rooms, closets, garages, basements, and even storage containers.

So if you don’t feel empowered, equipped, or even in the mood to BEGIN the process of shopping your own stuff, bear this in mind: you simply need to first put on a new mind.

Hallway in our modern yet traditional European country inspired home. Paint color is Benjamin Moore WHITE. Great room with Belgian linen, white oak hardwood flooring, and gray accents. #hellolovelystudio #belgianstyle #europeancountry #belgianlinen #whiteoak #greatroom #benjaminmoorewhite
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Pretend Dialogue

You: WHAT THE HECK IS SHE EVEN IMPLYING? Fake it til you make it, aerie faerie, yada yada until I arrive at MY CHIC YET CHEAP LOVELY LOOK?

Me: Nope. And no need to shout. Not faking it. By ‘putting on a new mind,’ I mean leaning into a higher consciousness not bound by your current mood, past failures, or lingering doubts. No need to be a slave to the old mind. Putting on a new mind is transformative business! It cleans the slate and shifts you into SWEET MOTHER, LET’S DO THIS, AND LET’S DO IT NOW!

(Feeling more motivated? Because I highly doubt you’ll read this advice in any of the shelter magazines you leaf through at Barnes and Noble.)

A new mind is golden. With your new mind in place, you’ll be able to get to gettin’! Shop your stuff and look at your treasures with fresh eyes.

A 3-legged stool in my bathroom near the clawfoot tub has a Diptyque candle and a book of poetry. White roses in the background. #bathroomdecor #hellolovelystudio #rusticstool #diptyque
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Oyedo Candle by Diptyque
Oyedo Candle by Diptyque (Not cheap, but cheaper than going to Paris, and you WILL be transported by these complex Diptyque scents!)
My living room with Benjamin Moore "White" walls, catwalk, and Belgian linen furnishings in the great room. #hellolovelystudio #catwalk #greatroom #Belgianstyle #belgianlinen
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Tod Leather Swivel Lounge Chair
Arne Jacobsen style Egg Chair…certainly lovely indeed.
European country neutral decor in the dining room with round table, lantern, Belgian linen slipcovered arm chairs, and Louis wood oval back dining chairs. Etagere is from RH and has vintage treasures and books. Original art flanking etagere is by me. #hellolovelystudio #europeancountry #diningroom #etagere #belgianlinen #lantern #rustic #neutral
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Chic Yet Cheap Decorating Idea No. 3

Decide on Design Style

Dig in the archives here if you need inspiration to get you started. Pin like a bandit! Consult Pinterest if you like. Now grab a post-it note and write down the style you’re after. Narrowing down the design style primes the path for executing the next steps.

Determine Color Scheme

On another post-it note write down the color scheme that sings to you. All white? Moody? Bold? Tranquil greys? Don’t become distracted thinking about the color of the furniture in the space or freak yourself out. There are creative ways to incorporate the colors that make you feel good.

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Propeller Arm Maritime Table Clock
In case you need a pop of metallic on your bedside table…Howard Miller Table Clock.
My bedroom with white oak wood floor, French country furniture, bronze overscaled lamp, and Stikwood (Hamptons) reclaimed wood plank statement wall behind bed. #hellolovelystudio #bedroomdecor #frenchcountry #rusticdecor #whiteoak #stikwood #hamptons #cottagestyle #shiplap
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Chic Yet Cheap Decorating Idea No. 4

Empty the Room

You’ll want to move everything out of the room or at least as much as you can. So clear the space of small furniture, accessories, lamps, and decor so you are able to really see the room in its most bare state.

My serene white bedroom with Stikwood (Hamptons) statement wall, cottage style furniture, knotty alder door with oiled bronze hardware, and white oak wide plank hardwood flooring. #hellolovelystudio #bedroom #serene #whitebedroom #frenchcountry #rusticdecor #modernfarmhouse #stikwood #hamptons
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Paint if Necessary

Does your plan involve changing the paint color? Now is the perfect time to paint those walls! Check out these stories for paint color inspiration:

Calm Paint Colors

Tranquil Blue Grey Colors

Choose the Perfect White

Classic bathroom with modern farmhouse fireclay console sink by DXV. Wallpaper is Thibaut. Venetian mirror. #hellolovelystudio #bathroomdecor #thibaut #dxv #consolesink #venetianmirror
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Shop my home

Round Bronze Accent Table
French Country Lamp
White Ruffle Spread + Shams
French Laundry Basket
Metal Martini Table
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Farmhouse Dining Table
Helmsley Bronze Door Hardware
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Turkish Cotton Blanket
Gertrude Wood Bench
Upholstered Dining Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
San Jose Handleset for Front Door
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Campaign Style End Table
Louis Upholstered Bench
Oak Laminate Flooring
Knotty Alder Interior Door
Alabaster 30″ Lamp
Louis Ghost Chair
Rustic Wood Candleholders
French Linen Dining Chair
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
PARIS Framed Print
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
Tulip Style Modern Round Dining Table
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
Oak Accent Stool
Bridge Kitchen Faucet (Stainless)
Jute Area Rug
Leather Club Chair
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
French Linen Sofa
Venetian Etched Mirror (24″ x 36″)
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Polished Carrara Subway Tile
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Magnus Table Lamp
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Round Woven Placemat Set
French Country Wood Mirror
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Boheme Madera Bench
Round Marble Side Table
Linen Slipcover Dining Chair
Wicker Patio Chair
Teak Farmhouse Stool

Clean Like a Crazed Freak

Go ahead and dust, scrub windows, and vacuum that sweet little space as if Ryan Gosling, Suzanne Kasler, and the cast of Game of Thrones were coming over. You will not even believe what a difference a deep clean will make to your attitude!

Belgian linen slipcovered arm chair (RH) with animal print faux throw, antiqued silver campaign table, and knotty alder interior door. #hellolovelystudio #bedroomdecor #belgianlinen #alderdoor
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Aveda Shampure Soy Wax Candle 275G/9.7Oz
Aveda Shampure Candle…the scent? Complex and irresistibly reminiscent of Paris.
Rustic decor and vintage treasures on reclaimed wood shelves in dining room. #belgianstyle #etagere #diningroom #belgianlinen
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Photograph & Analyze

First, take a photo of that sparkling clean space. Next, analyze the photo and notice what cues it gives seeing the room in this medium. You may even be surprised by how this method guides you. Does the furniture arrangement in the room feel balanced? Does your eye go to a particular place…and is that direction desirable? Does the room feel too dimly lit?

Are the curtains hanging at the right level? (A quick change could pack a huge punch.) Are the drapes too heavy?

How is the wall color working for you?

Serene white kitchen with Shaker cabinets, fireclay apron front farm sink, bridge faucet, Viatera quartz countertop (Minuet), and marble subway tile backsplash. #hellolovelystudio #kitchen #whitekitchen #serene #classic #quartz #subwaytile #viateraquartz #minuet
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Jot Down Specifics

Write down specifics about what you’re less than happy with on another post-it note. Maybe the coffee table seems like it is the wrong scale or the bed should be on an alternate wall. Would the space look better without the area rug?

Note whether you feel better or worse (on an emotional level) with the room cleared and spare. Do you feel lighter and more at ease? Do you feel anxious and jittery?

Your emotional response will help to guide the rest of the process.

Serene whit kitchen with windowseat. Countertop is Viatera quartz in Minuet. Paint color is Benjamin Moore WHITE. Belgian linen French bar stools and slipcovered arm chairs with round wood dining table. #hellolovelystudio #kitchendecor #frenchcountry #serene #belgianlinen #europeancountry #neutral #windowseat #breakfastroom
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Romantic and white French country bed reflected in a leaner mirror in the bedroom. Foors are white oak hardwoods. White crochet lace bed skirt, Rustic three legged teak stool holds pink roses. Knotty alder closet door is full of character and oil rubbed bronze egg knob. Stikwood (Hamptons) reclaimed wood statement wall. #hellolovelystudio #bedroomdecor #stikwood #hamptons #knottyalder #alderdoor #whiteoakflooring
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Tencel Quilted Silken Coverlet
White Quilted Coverlet…certainly lovely indeed.

Arrange Furniture

Decide where the furniture should go to best function for your needs. Have a friend with a good eye for such things? Feel like changing it up? Have fun with this part of the process!

White serene kitchen with Minuet quartz countertop from Viatera. Marble subway tiles were taken to the ceiling. Louis French linen bar stools and window seat. #hellolovelystudio #kitchendecor #frenchcountry #viateraquartz #minuet #carrarasubwaytile #windowseat #belgianlinen
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Chic Yet Cheap Decorating Idea No. 5

Time to Shop Home Sweet Home

Shop your house for décor items when you are well-rested and feeling confident. You’ll be making determinations about whether the decor is what you care to see on a daily basis. It may be a great time to have a bin or garbage bag at the ready for donations! Find a mix of treasures old and new for the most interesting and personalized result.

Entry to our European country inspired home. Rustic alder front door with speakeasy from Pacific Entries. Oil rubbed bronze handleset. Vintage French prayer chair and dropleaf country table. Paint color on walls is Benjamin Moore WHITE. #benaminmoorewhite #hellolovelystudio #entry #rusticfrontdoor #prayerchair
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Chic Yet Cheap Decorating Idea No. 6

Consider Hidden Potential

Try to look at the objects you gather from around your home with wonder. Did you find a piece of really bad art (or good art in a horrible frame) that has been gathering dust and may be the right size for your space with a a little makeover or tweaking?

An abstract seascape by me rests on a reclaimed barn wood bench. White flooring and white linen curtains (RH). #hellolovelystudio #whitedecor #whitepaintedfloor #farmbench #abstractpainting #seascape #whitelinencurtains
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In a classic bathroom, fireclay modern farmhouse console sink. Venetian mirror over sink. Wallpaper is Thibaut. #hellolovelystudio #bathroomdecor #classicdecor #venetianmirror #consolesink #farmsink
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Chic Yet Cheap Decorating Idea No. 7

Create New Art

Take some risks even if your masterpieces were never showcased on that gallery wall in third grade. Making something original is an honorable, no cost way to inject your unique personality into the space.

Serene white kitchen with white oak hardwood flooring. Shaker kitchen cabinets, Viatera quartz countertop (Minuet). Carrara subway tile taken to the ceiling. Modern range hood. Wall color is Benjamin Moore WHITE. #hellolovelystudio #whitekitchen #serene #whiteoak #benjaminmoorewhite #viateraquartz #minuet
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White oak laminate flooring
We just installed this wide plank, oak-look Montego Oak laminate flooring in my studio, and it is very similar to the white oak real hardwood flooring throughout the rest of our first floor…only the PRICE is insanely LOW at .99 per sq. foot!!!

Chic Yet Cheap Decorating Idea No. 8

Recycle & Re-purpose

Don’t forget you can steal furniture pieces, not just decor, from other rooms in your home. An unused bedroom dresser could become a console table or bar. A stack of coffee table books could become a side table.

Window seat in breakfast room of kitchen. Belgian linen piillows and vintage galvanized pail holding dried hydrangea. Paint color is Bejamin Moore WHITE. #hellolovelystudio #benjaminmoorewhite #windowseat #breakfastroom #kitchen #belgianlinen #serenedecor
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Chic Yet Cheap Decorating Idea No. 9

Consider 6 No-Cost Decor Options

1. Check Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist for items folks are giving away for free.

2. A branch from the yard in a clear glass jar or vase can create instant organic interest.

Rustic reclaimed wood coffee table in great room. Large glass vase with branch. #hellolovelystudio #coffeetable #rusticdecor #belgianstyle
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3. Experiment with throw pillows you already own; try mixing unexpected color combinations. Discovering ‘chic’ is subjective and YOUR chic need not be your neighbor’s chic.

Belgian style living room with minimal yet coy charm. Belgian linen egg chair and club chair. French fireplace. Arch window and white oak flooring. Paint color is Benjamin Moore WHITE. #hellolovelystudio #benjaminmoorewhite #greatroom #belgianstyle #europeancountry #belgianlinen #eggchair #archwindow #rusticdecor #whiteoakfloor #frenchfireplace
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4. Lazy no-sew slipcovers were one of my go-to strategies in the Ramen noodle days and even beyond! A dropcloth, coverlet, quilt, or fabric yardage may have potential for looking chic to cover a sofa or chair.

Serene vignette in my studio with white reclaimed barnwood farm table, old mason jar as vase, colorful fruit, rustic cutting board, and peely weathered vintage door in background. #hellolovelystudio #shabbychic #vintagedoor #masonjar #cheeseboard #rusticdecor
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5. There is a good chance your family members or friends have something you need in their ‘donate’ or ‘trash it’ stash. Ask.

Rustic reclaimed wood shelves of etagere in our dining room. Vintage crucifixes from Europe on the shelf with other treasures. #hellolovelystudio #rusticdecor #reclaimedwood #shelves #vintagecrucifix
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6. If you have old magazines lying around, skim for potential art to frame in existing frames you own.

French doors from kitchen to dining room with Belgian style. Black round dining table with linen dining chairs and lantern. #diningroom #hellolovelystudio
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Serene white kitchen decor. Viatera quartz countertop (Minuet). Louis French linen bar stools. Carrara subway tile taken to ceiling. Fireclay farm sink. Modern Italian range hood. #hellolovelystudio #whitekitchen #classicdecor #serenedecor #frenchcountry #viateraquartz #Minuet
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Round Bronze Accent Table
French Country Lamp
White Ruffle Spread + Shams
French Laundry Basket
Metal Martini Table
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Farmhouse Dining Table
Helmsley Bronze Door Hardware
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Turkish Cotton Blanket
Gertrude Wood Bench
Upholstered Dining Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
San Jose Handleset for Front Door
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Campaign Style End Table
Louis Upholstered Bench
Oak Laminate Flooring
Knotty Alder Interior Door
Alabaster 30″ Lamp
Louis Ghost Chair
Rustic Wood Candleholders
French Linen Dining Chair
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
PARIS Framed Print
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
Tulip Style Modern Round Dining Table
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
Oak Accent Stool
Bridge Kitchen Faucet (Stainless)
Jute Area Rug
Leather Club Chair
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
French Linen Sofa
Venetian Etched Mirror (24″ x 36″)
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Polished Carrara Subway Tile
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Magnus Table Lamp
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Round Woven Placemat Set
French Country Wood Mirror
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Boheme Madera Bench
Round Marble Side Table
Linen Slipcover Dining Chair
Wicker Patio Chair
Teak Farmhouse Stool
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-michele

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10 Comments

  1. April 4, 2019 / 12:44 pm

    Hi Michele!
    Great advice here! I love the idea of shopping your own home for items to repurpose and painting everything. You are inspiring, girlfriend!

    • Michele
      Author
      April 4, 2019 / 6:44 pm

      Hi Holly – yes and especially when it leaves more room in the budget to buy original art by you! 🙂

  2. Joanna
    April 4, 2019 / 3:30 pm

    Ha! I just did this exact thing last week. I took a painting of mine out to be re-matted with white and a thinner, lighter frame a couple of months ago. It had hung in my bedroom but was perfect (with the tweaking) for over my mantel. I removed everything small from the livingroom, dining room and kitchen, and then brought in white, some soft green and some organic bits. I shopped my guest room, office and even my shed to come up with enough to make fresh, light vignettes on the mantel, tv console, coffee table, etc. The only thing bought new were two lovely, soft white jug/vase from Italy. I tried some green cushions on my sofa/loveseat but ended up taking them away. I needed to keep to my neutrals. It is a refreshing change for little money wise.

    • Michele
      Author
      April 4, 2019 / 6:46 pm

      Mmmmm sounds like wonderful sprucing up. I too just bought a rustic jug I love – it looks wonderful but I need to figure out what to put inside it since it seems a little lonely. 🙂

      • Joanna
        April 5, 2019 / 1:31 pm

        I love simple cut branches from my garden. They cost nothing and add that little organic touch. Would that suit your rustic jug?

        • Michele
          Author
          April 5, 2019 / 1:41 pm

          Absolutely. I will post pics of it…it is large, and I’m wondering about white roses a la Pamela Pierce!

  3. Margarita W.
    April 4, 2019 / 5:45 pm

    Thank you so much for these great ideas I am about to tackle my guest bedroom/office. I will take your suggestion with clearing and cleaning the room first then, I plan to paint my dark colored desk in some shade of white and the walls a light grey. Hopefully I can find some cotton or linen bed coverings at Home Goods or similar stores so it won’t cost me a fortune. Next I need to pull out some books from my over crowded studio into this room so I would shop for some book cases on either Let Go or Craigslist. To complete the room I love the idea of shopping in your own home/garage to furnish other parts of your home!

    • Michele
      Author
      April 4, 2019 / 6:48 pm

      You are off to the races! You go! You have reminded me that I too need to find some book cases since my collection is overflowing. I struggle with dusty booksso I wonder if I should be thinking of a glass doored cabinet. Here’s to shopping our homes! 🙂

    • Michele
      Author
      May 1, 2019 / 9:12 pm

      Thank you so much, Bev! See you at the party! xox

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