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How to Decorate on a Tight Budget


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Before you blow your budget on expensive high-end furniture and accessories, check out how you can achieve the designer look on a seriously tight budget for less.

It is possible to decorate on a budget, even a very tight budget.  The key is to just be able to think outside the box when it comes to sourcing furniture and accessories.  With these design tips, you’ll be able to decorate an entire house with little to no money. Here are a few low cost decorating tips that’ll help you save towards the future.  

Do It Yourself

Well, the truth is if you want to save some money, somethings you actually have to do yourself. Hiring a professional can be very costly, and the labor alone can be enough to break the bank.  So for those projects, you have the right tools for and are physically capable to do, do it yourself.   For example, if the choice is between hiring someone to paint the room or you painting the walls, opt for getting the job done yourself.  Not everything is a DIY Project, like those requiring a licensed professional, but be willing to consider your options.


When you’re trying to make your space a home, take a long look around before you do anything. What do you see?  Is it a pile of whatnots, trinkets, stuff you’re saving for that just in case moment or things that you really don’t need that’s in shambles or falling apart? Get rid of it.  Don’t hesitate.  Don’t overthink it.  You’ll thank me later.  


You can opt to repaint the entire room our just one accent wall. Either way by just changing the color you can brighten the space or give the illusion of more space.  Select a color that depicts the mood that you want to achieve in your space.   Blues have a very calming effect.  Yellow evokes joy and happiness.  Understand the difference between warm and cool color schemes and pick tones that speak to your senses. I recommend painting yourself or solicit family and friends to achieve a low-cost solution.

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New Furniture – or Rather New to You and Your Space

Select pieces that may not be brand new, but new to you. Furniture selection is probably the number one thing to consider in order to remain within budget. Consider gently used furniture from a furniture retailer like CORT Furniture Outlet.  CORT is the nation’s leading provider of transition services, including furniture rental for home and office, event furnishings, destination services, apartment locating, touring and other services. And CORT Furniture Outlet sells both new and previously leased furniture that has been used in model homes, on movie sets, by home stagers, incorporate apartments, in corporate offices and by individuals needing furniture temporarily, for a fraction of its original retail price.  The furniture is manufactured to a higher standard than most so that it will withstand several moves and still hold up in showroom condition. 

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You can get the look of a designer styled room for a fraction of what it would cost if you’d bought the furniture from a furniture showroom.

You can actually furnish an entire living room for about $600 with furniture packages. CORT displays furniture sets to provide design inspiration. But you can also mix and match any of the pieces. 

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Accessories are like the perfect earrings and necklace to the perfect dress.  It brings personality and pizazz.  And much like jewelry, it can be crazy expensive.  

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However, selecting the accent pieces that speak to you doesn’t have to cause you to break the bank.  Consider gently used items.  These items can, of course, be found at a thrift store, a flea market or a store like CORT that sells new and previously leased accessories.  CORT offers a wide selection of accent pieces to pair with its sofas, dining tables and office furnishings from vases, pillows to ornamental items.  

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Arrange accent pieces around similar colors and or in multiples.  Accessories allow you to redecorate without having to make any major changes.  You can also take your space from season to season with a few seasonally inspired pillows. Other accessories that you can play around with to add interest and appeal are rugs, lamps, and artwork.

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A Rug

Define the area with a rug or separate one room from another.  CORT Furniture Outlet has a wide selection of affordable areas rugs in various colors, shapes, and sizes. 

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Rugs are also a great way to gather ideas for overall color schemes for a room. Select a rug that highlights the overall design sense of your home. 


Select a lamp or lamps that pull together the room and overall appeal of the space. 

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Don’t be afraid to play around with various materials like glass and metal lamps.  In my opinion, lamps are supposed to be fun and tell a story.

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Finally, don’t forget the walls. Display some artwork. Art doesn’t have to be expensive at all. Express yourself by making it yourself or sourcing inexpensive pieces from a discount retailer like CORT.   You can even create a gallery wall using personal photos or collection of fabric swatches.  

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There are tons of low-cost budget-friendly decorating solutions to choose from, and it won’t leave your room looking cheap or sparsely designed.  Visit CORT Furniture Outlet before you start your next decorating or DIY project.  See just how far you can really decorate your home on a tight budget.  For more design tips check out the CORT Blog.

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  1. My sister and her husband are considering renting a mobile home so that they can save some money while she finishes her schooling. You made a great point when you explained that you can brighten up a space simply by changing the color of the walls. I’ll be sure to share these tips with my sister so that they can know how to decorate their place if they do end up moving into a mobile home.

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