Decorating on A Budget – Part 1

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Did you know that your home is an embassy of Christ’s kingdom? It is especially designed by God to be a place for others to find refreshment, encouragement, a haven of rest to their souls from the weariness and trials of this world. This haven must be a welcoming place to display the glory of God! This should always be our chief goal in our decorating. How can I make my home more of a testimony to the work of Christ in my life? How can I seek to refresh others as they enter into my home?

Now I am no decorating expert. In fact, I am not quite sure why I am talking about this topic right now. The gift of creativity passed me by and was given to my younger sister…so most of what I have written below come from her creative juices! My house is far from being decorated as I would like…but maintaining a simple home is my goal anyway!

Here are a few ideas:

Have Fun with Paint

This may seem like a small thing, but paint greatly improves the appearance of your home! If your home needs a refreshment, buy some new paint! You will be amazed at how much cleaner your home looks with a fresh coat of paint. We had white walls for the longest time (due to my pregnancy, I couldn’t paint!), and when we painted the walls it was major transformation. I felt like my house was a new place and was finally our home!

Use a variety of techniques. My sister and I painted our downstairs bathroom with rag rolling recently. Neither of us had done it before, but it was simply a blast! It didn’t come out as the picture did, but it still looked unique and creative. Have fun with it! The key is not to be intimidated! Take your time. Do one room at a time.

Paint just one focal wall a rich deep color to add depth to your room. Leave the other walls either white, or a much paler version of your accent wall and those walls will appear to fall away. Also keep in mind that cooler colors such as greens and blues tend to recede from the eye, while warmer colors such as reds and yellows seem to close in a room.

For the Love of Pictures

Make sure to post lots of pictures around your home. This is the ultimate decor! It reflects your love for your family and others. People love looking at photos! Pictures are easy to come by and very reasonable to print.

Buy frames around a theme but have variety. Black photos go with black, silver or white frames. Colored photos go with brown, tan, white or miscellaneous colored frames. Throw in a fancy colored one! Always use a variety of frames. Don’t just have one size, one style, color, etc (this would be my problem, that my sister is weeding out!). Use black square, silver large frame, etc. See picture below of my collage. Throw in an old antique looking one. I am not a creative person unless I really put my mind to it and stretch myself. I was so excited about the final product! You can do it too if you set your mind to it! Great places to buy frames: Ikea, Goodwill, Ross.

Important Tip: Don’t hang stuff on every wall! Leave one wall free completely from hanging items, so that your eyes have somewhere to rest.

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Simplicity of Baskets

Decorate your home with lovely baskets storing or displaying items. I have used baskets to store baby’s toys that are really cute. My friend Lylah, shows a picture of a cute basket in her dining room. I love this idea!Baskets are cheap to come by at your local Goodwill, Ross, etc.

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Make it a Home Full of Scripture

Making your home an embassy for the Kingdom of God is so important! You want those who enter your home to know what is most important to you. Use calligraphy or print in nice fonts different passages of Scripture and frame on your walls. One idea: This picture displays our name placs with the meaning of our names (family tradition), and verses corresponding to them. Everyone has probably seen these. Why not display them in a prominent place? At my family’s home we had our names and pictures of all eight of us kids going up the stairs.

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Meaningful Memorabilia

Hang your veil above your bed frame, frame your wedding invitation. I wanted to preserve our wedding vows and have them framed in our bedroom as a good reminder to the commitment we had made to each other as well.

Display your food

This is a simple way to decorate your kitchen. Use nice glass jars (I got mine at Ikea) to display your grains, beans, popcorn, etc. I love it! Plus they are easily accessible when I am preparing a meal. This is what it looks like above my kitchen sink. I added my Ikea jars with grains, some simple cloth napkins and napkin rings (a nice wedding gift that matched perfectly with our kitchen!), and I put some platters on display in the background.

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Recommended Reading:

These titles should be available at your local library!

Decorating on A Dime by Christy Ferer
Trade Secrets from Use What You Have Decorating
by Laurie Ward
Frugal Decorating Ideas – a great site with lots of ideas for frugal momma’s
Decorating Small Rooms - here is a great article on decorating small rooms, as most of us may have only these!

I would love to hear your ideas! Please share them!

About Lindsay

Lindsay Edmonds is first a lover of Jesus, wife, mother of three, homemaker, and writer. She is the editor of Passionate Homemaking since its beginning five years ago. She loves inspiring women around the world toward simple, natural, and intentional living for the glory of God.

12 Responses to Decorating on A Budget – Part 1

  1. decorate your home September 3, 2009 at 10:38 pm #

    I really like the decoration and also the color combinations.You have given the useful tips to decortate our home.thanks for such a wonderful tips.keep updating!!

  2. Leigha January 12, 2008 at 5:24 pm #

    I loved this post! Your collage of pictures looks great and very creative. Last summer we painted our living room and it definitely transformed the entire room. This year we want to paint our bedroom. Thanks for the encouragement and tips. I have you added to my list of favorite blogs. :)

  3. Laura January 12, 2008 at 11:29 am #

    Your walls are fabulous and I love your kitchen. Great use of color and accessories! Well done!

  4. Amy Best January 11, 2008 at 11:19 pm #

    Can you loan me Christa one of these days??? :-) I got passed over with the creativity as well- Heidi got it all. :-) You’ve done a lovely job with your home- the times I’ve been to your house I’ve found it peaceful, relaxing, and pleasing to the eye!

  5. Cindy January 11, 2008 at 5:19 pm #

    I so agree with the decorating with paint. This goes especially for the bedroom. How many people choose wallpaper and a bedspread that match and then the bedspread wears out. It is so much cheaper just to get another gallon of paint.
    I enjoy your blog.

  6. Kimiharris (womanly pursuits) January 11, 2008 at 3:19 pm #

    Hey Lindsay,
    Great post! I like how gave simple, doable decorating ideas (that still look beautiful!). I am going to post a link on my blog to this post, is that’s aright with you. Keep up the great blogging. :-)

  7. lylah ledner January 11, 2008 at 12:53 pm #

    wow…so great to see your beautiful home. i’m in spain and just checking in….thanks for letting me see your haven :-) …blessings…and it was so fun to chat with you….lylah

  8. lizzykristine January 11, 2008 at 12:00 pm #

    I love the yellow wall of pictures — the asymmetrical placement of the candle holders is what ‘makes it,’ I think!

    I also use the same-color-frame in hanging pictures: a wall of blue frames in our bedroom, a wall of black frames in the living room, a group of silver frames (my favorite :) on the dresser.

    One of my favorite things is picking up colored cloth napkins on clearance and using them in table centerpieces and instead of doilies under vases, etc. The solid block is simpler on the eyes than lace, which is points with me!

    As Carol brought up, we also use some of my husband’s many musical instruments as decor.

    But my very favorite decorating tool is greenery / silk flowers. They add so much life to simple decor! I’m planning to do a post on this before long. :)

  9. Ann at mommysecrets January 11, 2008 at 11:36 am #

    Great post – I love your wall of photos – it’s so cute!

  10. Carol January 11, 2008 at 9:47 am #

    I just wanted to tell you that I *love* the shade of green in your kitchen. You offer some great suggestions for frugal decorating! Here’s one from me (this only works if you or your husband or a family member are a musician). My husband plays guitar (among other instruments) and we have several in our home. They’re really beautiful so we have some of the nicer ones hanging in various room (our bedroom, the living room). This is double duty because it is both wall decor and storage. (Plus, it makes the instruments more accessible which means more music!) The guitar hanger only costs a couple dollars, but it can add a nice touch.

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