9 Affordable Decor Ideas That Always Wow

updated Jun 3, 2019
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It doesn’t just have to be the weeks leading up to the holidays for you to want to jazz up your interiors; rooms can feel boring and need refreshing any time of year. You won’t bust your budget with these affordable room decor ideas that always bring the wow factor to a room. Bonus? Most of them are also easy to do!

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1. Mismatched elements

(Pictured above) Mismatched design elements, like the popular mismatched dining chair look, always grab attention by simply being so surprising. But of course, this look is super affordable because you can just find vintage or free pieces to throw together to create a look, without having to plop money down on a full matching set. Photo via Skona Hem.

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2. A huge wall collage

Consider letting it span across a room or from ceiling to floor. How is this affordable? Well think thrift store art instead of finding art to collect or frame. Even cheap/weird paintings can look awesome when bunched together, and you can always add your own DIY details if you want. Photo spotted on Decor8.

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3. Unusual wall patterns & designs

If you can paint, you can save money from having to paint an entire room and make a big room impact by simply creating a design on an accent wall. Or, you can get creative in other ways to apply a pattern to a whole wall or part of a wall.

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4. Art in the kitchen

Yes, something as easy and as affordable (see the vintage art hint above) can wow simply by being so unexpected. Go a step further and choose a color or pattern that really contrasts with the rest of your kitchen’s decor to stand-out and excite, or use multiple pieces of art to really make a visual impact.

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5. Hallway decor

Since this lonely space often gets hardly any decoration, doing just about anything to your hallway can make for a big wow impact. The easiest things to do would be to arrange a wall art collage or like suggested above, an interesting pattern. But large hallways could house a narrow furniture piece, a vignette, a bench or even some plants — something unexpected. The idea above found on Cuckoo 4 Design.

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6. High things

Anything you do to a ceiling will grab attention and instantly add a wow factor. A coat of paint will do, but so will DIYing a mobile or even just hanging a plant in a cute planter.

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7. An unusual bathroom mirror

Even renters can make use of this easy decor trick. Simply replace the standard mirror that came with your bathroom with something unusual or more stand-out. If you can’t remove your mirror, see if there’s a way to hang or mount a frame to add more drama.

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8. Clusters of affordable or DIY light fixtures

As we’ve mentioned before, the power of multiples is that you can cluster together a bunch of cheaper, more affordable objects to create a powerful visual look, without having to spend money on a very expensive big object. And if you DIY your own light fixture, you can control the size and color, both of which can create quite an impact in any room! See the light fixture above on A Beautiful Mess.

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9. Clothes as decor

Use the clothing you have to adorn the rooms of your home in interesting ways for unexpected art and decoration. Don’t lock up all your boots if they could line up and create a neat contrast. Don’t just stack all your hats in the back of your closet if they could hang on a narrow wall instead.

Re-edited from a post originally published 11.9.14-NT