Decorating on a Budget

Decorating on a Budget


With over 40 years of experience in interior design, I have found many of my clients to be working on a restricted budget.  For these projects I have suggested that the majority of the budget be spent on the permanent items in the home, such as flooring, cabinets and light fixtures.


Using neutral tones in furniture, you can add colour in your less expensive accessories such as colourful ready made drapery panels,(approximately 0 each).  For a custom look, buy an extra panel and make toss cushions.  Can’t sew?  Use iron-on seaming tape.  Simply fold the fabric like an envelope, use a costume jewelry broach to pin it together and add bling.

One of the least expensive ways of changing and updating your decor is with colour, specifically paint.  Change your wall colour to a nice warm tone to chase away the winter blues.  Almost anything can be painted – cabinets, hardware, furniture and even counter tops.  I am quite passionate about reusing and re-purposing items, as it is so much better for the environment.  As a culture we tend to waste a great deal that can be recycled.

Before and After

A change in wall colour will alter the whole feel of a room; whether you want a warm and cozy feel or a cool and serene, this can be achieved with colour at a minimal expense.  The following are some colour schemes, although there are many variations.  One colour should always dominate in any scheme.

Monochromatic:  Shade and hues of one colour, light to dark.  Use a neutral to balance the palette.

Contrasting: using opposites on the colour wheel, such as blue and red or green and yellow, always a warm with a cool colour.  One olour should always dominate.

Analogous: uses colours next to each other on the colour wheel, such as blue and green or yellow and orange.  This creates a serene and comfortable design.

The psychology of colour and how it affects our lives is quite fascinating.  A simple change in your deor can affect your mood and outlook.  There are a lot of ways of achieving this on a budget.

by Wendy Reeves Siefert


Wendy Reeves Siefert is a local decorator and interior designer in the Creston Valley and East Shore region of British Columbia.   You can find her web site at :  Over The Valley


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  1. gloria patterson says:

    I like the idea of the cushions have done that before BUT never though of using a pin…. which I have a lot of

  2. belinda bell says:

    I love the ideas for decorating on a budget. I’m always on a budget

  3. Amber Ludwig says:

    Wow! What a difference!! I love using neutral colors so I can change decor as needed. I love being able to work with the basics and add pops of color to switch things up!!

  4. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    Thank you for sharing this great information. I am always on a budget so this helps. Thank you for sharing

  5. A little bit of color does make a difference.

  6. monique s says:

    these are great ideas to make a difference with color pops and accents that can be done cheaply

  7. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I like the idea of cushions from an extra drape and coloring to change the atmosphere. I never would have thought to color a design on the base in the ceiling of a hanging lamp.

  8. I love decorating & if I can save money even better!

  9. Tina Alexander says:

    Great tips for making a change in decor without putting out a lot of money.My husband used to enjoy painting dressers to match when we changed decor in our kid’s rooms. It really saved money and it didn’t look tacky at all.

  10. I do not know much about decorating. I appreciate any help or advice like this.

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