So, you're moving into a new place with your partner and you want to give it a bit of a makeover but you don't want to break the bank in the process?

Never fear, we've got you covered. In this post, we'll be giving you some ideas for how to decorate your room on a budget. From painting to furniture, we'll show you how to get the look you want without spending too much money.

So, let's get started!

Tips for Shopping on a Budget. When it comes to decorating your room on a budget, it's important to be smart about where you spend your money.

Here are a few tips for shopping savvy:

  • Look for affordable furniture at charity shops, consignment shops, and online marketplaces like, Donedeal or eBay.
  • Opt for simple, classic pieces that will never go out of style.
  • Think outside the box and get creative with DIY projects. There are plenty of great tutorials online that can show you how to make stylish home accessories and furniture yourself.
  • Be choosy about what you buy and only invest in high-quality items that will stand the test of time.
With a little bit of planning and creativity, you can transform your room into a stylish and affordable sanctuary.

How to Make Your Room Look More Expensive

So you've just moved into a new place with your partner and it's time to start decorating. But you're on a tight budget and don't want to spend a fortune. What can you do?

One idea is to make your room look more expensive than it actually is. You can do this by using high-quality materials, choosing expensive-looking furniture, and adding elegant touches here and there.

Here are a few tips on how to achieve this:

  • Use high-quality materials whenever possible. For example, opt for hardwood floors rather than cheap laminate, or choose quality curtains over thin voiles.
  • Choose expensive-looking furniture. A plush armchair or an expensive-looking bedframe can make a world of difference.
  • Add elegant touches wherever you can. A vase of fresh flowers, a stack of well-read books, or a pretty painting can all add a touch of luxury to your room.

Places to Find Cheap Furniture and Home Decor

There are a number of different places where you can find cheap furniture and home decor. Here are a few of our favorites:
  1. Charity stores (e.g. SVP)
  2. Garage sales
  3. Facebook Marketplace/
  4. Department stores (during sales)
  5. Ikea

Summer Room Refresh on a Budget

Summer is a great time to refresh your home decor on a budget.

Here are a few easy ideas to get you started:
  • Paint is a cheap and easy way to completely transform a room.
  • Choose a light, airy color to make your space feel bigger and more open.
  • Add new accessories to give your room a new look.
  • Try some colorful cushions, vases or lamps to brighten up the space.
If your furniture is looking a little tired, give it a coat of paint or re-cover it with some new fabric. There are lots of affordable options available online and in stores.
Consider changing your curtains or blinds for a fresh look. You can find some great deals on window dressings in summer sales.

How to Style a Room on a Tight Budget

So, you're trying to style a room on a tight budget? It can be tricky, but it's definitely not impossible.
Here are some tips to help you get started:
  • Start by deciding on a color scheme. This will give you a basic framework to work with and will help you to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
  • Use accessories to add personality and character to your space. Cushions, throws, rugs, vases and flowers can all make a big impact for little cost.
  • Think about what you already have and how you can use it in your new design. maybe you have an old armchair that you can re-upholster, or an old table that you can paint.
  • Be creative! There are lots of ways to save money on decorating without compromising on style or quality.

Looking to get rid of your existing furniture?

What do you do with any existing pieces of furniture in good condition that are simply no longer a fit, as you look to declutter and make way for your rooms makeover.

One very good option is to donate to your local Saint Vincent de Paul (SVP) charity shop, who would be delighted to accept your furniture donations directly to any of their Vincent's Shops that accept furniture.

Not every shop has the capacity to accept furniture, their shops differ in size and scale. So therefore they can only accept furniture in some of the Vincents shops, and in some areas they can collect larger pieces of furniture.

Here you can find a full list of all the Vincent's Shops that accept furniture.

Budget-Friendly Room Makeovers

There are plenty of simple and affordable ways to give your space a quick refresh without spending a fortune.
A good place to start is with your walls. Painting them a new color can make an instant impact, and there are many shades to choose from that won't cost you a lot of money.
If you're not keen on painting, adding some new wallpaper or wall stickers can be a great alternative. Another easy way to update your room is by changing your furniture.

There are some great budget-friendly options available online and in-store at MacCarthy's Interiors, so don't be afraid to experiment with different styles until you find something you like.

And don't forget about accessories! Adding some new cushions, curtains or floor lamps can make all the difference.

MacCarthy’s Interiors team.

July 23, 2022 — MacCarthy Interiors - Orders