Everyone wants to have that picture perfect home that they see on Pinterest, with it’s gorgeous designer furniture, and stunning decor. These aspirations usually last until we see the price tags on gorgeous designer furniture and stunning decor (they tend to run pretty high). It’s easy to get discouraged if you are decorating on a budget, but luckily, there are a few easy tips and tricks that you can follow to fill your home with stylish decor without breaking the bank.

 ♥ Emma Rae Thomas + The Pretty As Pie Team

 10 Inventive Ways to Save Money on Stylish Home Decor

Second-hand is Great – Not every piece of furniture or decor that you get needs to be brand new. You can find some amazing pieces at thrift shops, on craigslist, or at local garage sales. If you see something that you want, don’t just buy it right away, look around to see if you can find a used version first.

Rehab What You Can – Since you are already looking at used pieces, don’t rule something out just because it’s a little ratty or scratched up. Repainting, re-upholstering, or staining and older piece can give you exactly the look you want at a fraction of the cost that you would pay for new decor.

DIY – Every space in unique, and there is a good chance that you have a special bit of decor in mind for any space in your home. Why not get exactly the piece you want and save money at the same time? Buy the materials and build it yourself. There are plenty of tutorials online for just about any type of furniture you could want to make.

Get Creative – As you browse new furniture, try to see not only what it is, but also what it could be. That bookcase or old cabinet could be a beautiful bar, and the number of things that can be used as shelving or storage will amaze you. Try to keep an open mind as you browse.

By Pieces “As Is” – This goes along with our rehab item from above, but don’t shy  away from “As Is” sections in home furnishing stores. You can pick up brand name item that are brand new for 50% or more off if you look in the as is section. Spending an afternoon fixing that scratch or scuff is worth it to have designer furniture for a fraction of the cost.

Watch for Online Deals – If you have a taste for antiques in your home decor, or other unusual pieces, you can expect to pay premium prices through stores. Watching online for deals can help lower these costs dramatically. The internet has just about anything you could want for sale, and sooner or later you will find it for a better price than in person stores can provide.

Wait for Sales – A little patience can go a long way. When  you see a piece that you love, don’t snatch it up right away, no matter how tempting it is to do so. Giving it a little time serves two purposes. First you can see if you still love it as much after you have had some time to think it through, and second, you can wait to buy it until a sale comes up, or you have a coupon. Impulse buying is one of the biggest enemies that our budgets have.

Set Your Budget Before You Start Shopping – Before you shop, do a little research and set a strict budget for yourself. This helps to counter the urge to impulse buy (when you know that you only have a $2000.00 budget to decorate you whole living room taking up $1900.00 of it on a single sofa seems like a way worse idea). Make sure that once you set your budget you stick to it, even if it takes you a little more shopping around to get your goals done on it.