The 5 Simplest Ways to Redecorate Without Spending a Dime

The 5 Simplest Ways to Redecorate Without Spending a Dime

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Adrienne Breaux
Mar 6, 2015
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You not only don't have to spend a lot of money to update the decor of a room, you don't even have to spend ANY money, if you don't want to (or can't). In fact, there are five super simple decor tricks to pull out whenever you want to get the little lift of a new look without spending a dime.

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Use the decorative power of a collection

You just don't have to invest in fancy decorative pieces to add visual interest to your home. Not when you've got a whole world of free things out there just waiting to become your quirky decor. So go ahead, hang that collection of old racquetball rackets that your Aunt gave you on the wall. Pin up and arrange old family photos into a stunning collage. Use the power of numbers to harness the principle of free things: anything can look intentional if you arrange it just so.

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Reuse (instead of recycling) bottles and cans

Old bottles and cans — the sort of things that you're aquiring anyway when you go grocery shopping, can be turned into any number of storage and decor elements with just a little cleaning and DIYing. From vases to hold flowers to kitchen countertop containers, consider hanging on to some of these jars, bottles and cans so you can get creative with them instead.

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Turn old fabrics into new home textiles

The same applies to old clothing and other textiles that you might be tempted to throw away or donate. Why not upcycle that favorite old skirt into a cool throw pillow so a beloved fabric pattern can live on? Why not transform those zillions of old college t-shirts into a nice braided rug to add color to a room of the home?

Let nature do the work for you

We're not just talking about flowers (although those are lovely; consider planting a packet of wildflower seeds in a spot in your yard or a container if your region's weather permits it). Use all that nature provides for free as decoration in the home. Big found fallen branches can be a great element to add height and drama.

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Rearrange both big and small

Rearrange your rooms' furniture whenever you get the itch for a new look but don't even have two pennies to rub together - and then live with it for a bit. The worst that can happen is that you end up moving it back, and you just may discover new ways to use the space in the process. But, also look to thesmall spots in the home that you can rearrange for a visual impact that don't involve having to potentially pull your back out. Small vignettes, collections, countertops, wall art collages — all can be rearranged and refreshed on the regular to constantly give your home an ever-evolving feel. And it won't cost you any money at all.

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