10 Simple Decorating Ideas That Won’t Cost a Fortune

My last post shared 11 simple decor tweaks, and today’s Simple Decorating Ideas That Won’t Cost a Fortune offers a few more. We sometimes simply need a wee nudge to get started, and perhaps this little ditty will do the trick.

In a classic bathroom, fireclay modern farmhouse console sink. Venetian mirror over sink. Wallpaper is Thibaut. Come explore How to Decorate a Room Without Breaking the Bank: Low Cost Design Reminders.

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10 Simple Decorating Ideas That Won’t Cost a Fortune

Window seat in breakfast room of kitchen. Belgian linen piillows and vintage galvanized pail holding dried hydrangea. Paint color is Bejamin Moore WHITE. Come explore How to Decorate a Room Without Breaking the Bank: Low Cost Design Reminders.
Inspirational quote for the holidays and Christmas. #quotes #christmas #holidayquote
Serene tranquil white kitchen with farm sink, marble subway tile, Viatera Minuet quartz counters, white Shaker cabinets, and white oak flooring. Come explore How to Decorate a Room Without Breaking the Bank: Low Cost Design Reminders.
10 Simple Decorating Ideas That Won’t Cost a Fortune as well as shopping resources and a house tour.

1. Update Just One Thing

You need not direct your attention to the entire room when you’re in the mood for decorating or re-decorating. Start small with just one corner of the space. For example, think about your bedside table.

Come explore How to Decorate a Room Without Breaking the Bank: Low Cost Design Reminders.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
Philomena 2 Drawer
In case you’re interested, this nightstand is similar to mine: Philomena 2-Drawer Nightstand
Wabi sabi quote by Michele of Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #quotes #wabisabi
Serene tranquil white kitchen with farm sink, marble subway tile, Viatera Minuet quartz counters, white Shaker cabinets, and white oak flooring. Come explore How to Decorate a Room Without Breaking the Bank: Low Cost Design Reminders.
Simple Decorating Ideas That Won’t Cost a Fortune as well as shopping resources and a house tour.

2. Address a Corner

I’m sure there’s a corner of your home you could refresh with a simple vignette.

Inexpensive Round Refined Accent Table - a beautiful side table for the bedroom, living room, or even the bath! #accentable #roundsidetable #campaigntable
Inexpensive Round Refined Accent Table…certainly charming indeed.

Poetry book upon my accent table:

Seshadri Throw Blanket
Animal Print Plush Throw Blanket…certainly cozy indeed.
Aveda Shampure Soy Wax Candle 275G/9.7Oz
Candle on accent table above: Aveda Shampure Candle…the scent? Complex and irresistibly reminiscent of Paris.
Inspirational quote by C. S. Lewis on Hello Lovely Studio.
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3. Re-style Your Coffee Table

Come explore How to Decorate a Room Without Breaking the Bank: Low Cost Design Reminders. Rustic reclaimed wood coffee table in great room. Large glass vase with branch. #hellolovelystudio #coffeetable #rusticdecor #belgianstyle

Need a New Coffee Table Book?

Any Tricia Foley fans?

R.H. Sin inspirational quote: some women fear the fire...on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #quotes #rhsin #empowermentquote #personalgrowth

4. Skirt the Issue

Another ‘small change, big payoff’ decor idea? If you have one, update or upgrade the bedskirt or coverlet on your bed.

Marchant Crochet Cotton Bed Skirt
Crochet Lace Bed Skirt…certainly cozy indeed.
Tencel Quilted Silken Coverlet
White Quilted Coverlet…certainly lovely indeed.
Powerful inspirational quote on Hello Lovely Studio.
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5. Pretty Tablescape For No Good Reason

I’m totally guilty of forgetting time and time again (because I’m so often a minimalist) the power of tablescapes. Beautiful tablescapes need not be reserved for insta-famous bloggers or for those occasions guests will arrive. Go ahead and set the table just for you in a way that pleases you.

Y’all know I keep things unfussy so even the tablescape is spare!

Come explore How to Decorate a Room Without Breaking the Bank: Low Cost Design Reminders. Serene breakfast room with window seat, round dining table, Belgian linen slipcovered arm chairs, and vintage Flower Market sign. #hellolovelystudio #kitchendecor #breakfastroom #windowseat #belgianlinen #vintagestyle #modernfarmhouse #serene #neutraldecor
Inspirational quote on Hello Lovely Studio.

6. New Mirror & Towels in the Bath

I feel like we need an entire post devoted to bathroom mirrors. Most of us live with at least one gigantic sheet style mirror that covers the entire wall.

Classic bathroom with modern farmhouse fireclay console sink by DXV. Wallpaper is Thibaut. Venetian mirror. Come explore How to Decorate a Room Without Breaking the Bank: Low Cost Design Reminders.
See the resource guide for this bathroom we created from scratch here.

While they are functional and utilitarian, they often lack style. Do you like the idea of layering a decorative mirror over the standard one?

Venetian Mirror
Venetian Mirror…certainly romantic indeed.
Come explore How to Decorate a Room Without Breaking the Bank: Low Cost Design Reminders. New Linen Striped Hand Towel, White/Slate Gray for a sophisticated look in the bath. #turkishtowel #stripedtowel #handtowel #bathroomdecor
Linen Stripe Hand Towel in White/Charcoal Gray, OKL…certainly useful indeed.

Shop my home

Gold Milagro Heart
French Basket
Courtney Lamp Base
Capri Blue Candle in Mercury Glass
Gold Starburst Mirror
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Gold Sacred Milagro Hearts
Rustic Reclaimed Elm Cabinet
Flameless Candles & Remote
Antiqued Brass Candlesticks
Bonjour Pillow
Vintage Chinese Bench
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
Sweater Weave Basket
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
Faux Bois Candleholders
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Bridge Kitchen Faucet (Stainless)
Jute Area Rug
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
Belgian 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
Antiqued Sunburst Mirror
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Boheme Madera Bench
Round Marble Side Table
Linen Slipcover Dining Chair
Wicker Patio Chair
Teak Farmhouse Stool
In a classic bathroom, fireclay modern farmhouse console sink. Venetian mirror over sink. Wallpaper is Thibaut. Come explore How to Decorate a Room Without Breaking the Bank: Low Cost Design Reminders.
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Inspirational quote on Hello Lovely Studio.

7. Organic & Earthy Accent

Since I spend a ton of time at the kitchen sink, it makes sense to add fresh flowers, a pretty branch, or even a little heart-shaped stone near it.

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
Bridge faucet: Kohler Parq…certainly timeless indeed.

Everyday chores are suddenly enhanced with a pop of natural goodness.

10 Tips to Decorate Without Spending a Dime! Detail of Viatera quartz countertop (Minuet) with fireclay arm sink and bridge faucet (Kohler Parq). #hellolovelystudio #whitekitchen #farmsink #viateraquartz #minuet

Here’s my favorite source for heart shaped stones collected from the Mediterranean Sea.

Heart shaped stones collected from the shore of the Mediterranean Sea - a beautiful keepsake for yourself or for the perfect gift of love. #heartshape #heartstones #valentinesday
MedBeachStones on Etsy…certainly charming indeed.
Inspirational uote by N. R. Hart about the soul on Hello Lovely Studio.

8. Add Importance With a Tray

Beautifully styled, rustic elegant interiors often feature objects arranged upon a rustic board or tray.

10 Tips to Decorate Without Spending a Dime! Weathered white farm table with cheeseboard, red wine, rustic branch in blue bottle, and peely shabby chic door in background. #hellolovelystudio #shabbychic #tablescape #cheeseboard #vintagedoor

The texture and order resulting from this simple gesture may be just what pleases your eye.

Cutting Boards (Set of 3) - rustic wood boards for a beautiful farmhouse kitchen or European inspired interior. #woodboards #rusticdecor #rusticboard
Cutting Boards – Set of 3, McGee & Co…certainly timeless indeed.
Round Bread Boards - gorgeous rustic wood boards for your farmhouse kitchen or European inspired space. #breadboard #woodboard #rusticdecor
Round Bread Boards, McGee & Co…certainly useful indeed.
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
Inspirational quote from JFK: Those who dare to fail miserably...on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #jfk #successquote #encouragementquote

9. No Cost Design Help

Whether you are just beginning to narrow down your design style or are collecting ideas for your well established signature style…

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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

Peruse decor inspiration and interior design from the archives here on Hello Lovely.

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

This is a design element that is decidedly NOT simple or inexpensive, but just in case you need the source of our doors:

Pacific Entries Knotty Alder Wood Interior Door
Knotty Alder Door…certainly rustic and lovely indeed.

These alder doors completely transformed our home after we ditched the hollow core paper-y ones we inherited with the fixer!).

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
Inspirational quote on Hello Lovely Studio.

Get Organized With Your Decor Ideas

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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

Do you collect something? Start a Pinterest board for it!

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
My vintage crucifixes were affordably collected from THIS SOURCE.
Inspirational quote on Hello Lovely Studio.

10. Thrift Bad Art to Paint Over

It’s so easy to find inexpensive materials to create your own art. You don’t even have to start with a brand new high quality canvas unless you’re overly concerned about archival issues and an heirloom-quality piece.

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
Reclaimed Wood Farmhouse Bench
Reclaimed Wood Farmhouse Bench…certainly versatile indeed.

Find ugly art at the thrift store and paint or collage right over it!

French doors from kitchen to dining room with Belgian style. Black round dining table with linen dining chairs and lantern. #diningroom #hellolovelystudio
Louis Dining Chair…certainly charming indeed.

Ever seen or tried acrylic pour painting? I have been watching instructional tutorials like this:

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
For a low low cost alternative to the white oak, here’s a laminate flooring you may like!

Have you considered tiling a kitchen backsplash yourself? We are DIYers and installed our own mosaic backsplash (above).

This tutorial may help:

Inspirational quote about love on Hello Lovely Studio
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
Inspirational quote about mindfulness on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #mindfulness
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
Inspirational quote by Mary Oliver on Hello Lovely Studio
Serene breakfast dining area of kitchen with window seat. Belgian linen pillows and slipcovered arm chairs. #hellolovelystudio #kitchendecor #serenedecor #breakfastroom #windowseat #belgianlinen

Make sure to visit the first installment with more decor tweaks HERE.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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Gold Milagro Heart
French Basket
Courtney Lamp Base
Gold Starburst Mirror
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Gold Sacred Milagro Hearts
Rustic Reclaimed Elm Cabinet
Flameless Candles & Remote
Antiqued Brass Candlesticks
Natural Linen Napkins
Bonjour Pillow
Vintage Chinese Bench
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
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Turkish Cotton Blanket
Linen & Burlap Tufted Ottoman
Gertrude Wood Bench
Weathered 4-Door French Cabinet – 71″
Upholstered Dining Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
French Louis Style Arm Chair
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
Rustic Wood Candleholders
Aged Terracotta Pots
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Galvanized Console Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Faux Bois Candleholders
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
Belgian Linen Sofa
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Magnus Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Teak Farmhouse Stool
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6 Comments

  1. Megan H
    February 25, 2020 / 6:26 am

    All I cared about was that bathroom mirror!!! Perfection! Alas I saw no links to it! Lol everything is beautiful!!!

    • Michele
      Author
      February 25, 2020 / 11:51 pm

      Hahaha – my mirror is from Anthropologie (discontinued now)…there’s a link to a Venetian mirror in the post, and I just added updated the post with another mirror with a similar shape but no etching. There are also a bunch here: https://rstyle.me/+ODTDuN-_kEtewH48UiG-MA Thanks so much for reading and for the feedback. Peace to you, Megan.

  2. Ufo3D
    February 25, 2020 / 6:34 pm

    Awesome article!

    • Michele
      Author
      February 25, 2020 / 11:37 pm

      thank you! 🙂

  3. March 16, 2020 / 3:26 pm

    Michele,
    I love looking at your home. It is always so lovely and peaceful. I especially love the mirror in your bathroom. I Hope this finds you well. Take care and be safe.
    Hugs,
    Bev

    • Michele
      Author
      March 16, 2020 / 4:57 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind words and support, Bev. I’m thinking of you – praying for you by name just now and hoping these days are gentle on you. xox

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