How to Decorate your Home in 8 Easy Steps

Decorating a new home is a lot of fun, but it can also be stressful if you don’t have a plan. But once you have some decorating ideas, it’s pretty easy to go from there! Establish a home decorating to-do list that will keep you on track and on budget throughout the project, and hopefully you should see how easy it is to get it all done. This is also when you can round up all those home decorating ideas you’ve been bookmarking online for years and make them a reality in your home! Find out how to do it when you read on.

Where to start when decorating the home

When you’re starting your home decorating project, it might be easier to come up with a to-do list to guide you through it. Here are some steps we recommend you try.

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Step 1: Gather inspiration for your home decor.

The ways to do this part are practically endless. Look on Pinterest, grab magazines, explore the internet, etc. Maybe his inspiration comes from his favorite TV show. Whatever it is, start scoring, cutting, engraving or whatever it takes to keep all your inspiration in one place. Even if you think you don’t have a theme yet, once you’ve started choosing the colors, textures, or styles you like, the theme will come together. If you’re doing a whole house, get a sturdy binder or binder that you can keep organized while you find new inspiration.

Step 2: Make your must-have list.

Once you’ve decided on general inspiration for your space, pick out a few things that are a definite must-have. They don’t have to be specific items, but if there’s a sofa style your living room needs or a rug color you want in your bedroom, list them as must-haves. These will give you a base to work from and keep you on track while you choose other pieces.

Yes there are is a specific item that you think you need to have, you can include it here as well. But at this point you haven’t set a budget yet, so we recommend not dwelling too much on specific pieces. But it’s your house and your project, so you do it!

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Step 3: Review what you already have.

You’ve got your inspiration, you’ve got your must-haves, now consider what you already have. Maybe you have a few pieces in one room that will work better in a different room with this home décor makeover. Perhaps the new style of the living room is the perfect setting for a lamp that you have always had in your bedroom. Strategically consider all the décor currently in your space and be very discerning about where you are going.

This is also the time to tap into your DIY brain. Can a chair be reupholstered to make it fit better? Can you add a new shade to save a lamp you think you hate? Before you throw out a part or commit to buying something new, see if there’s an inexpensive way to use what you already have.

Step 4: Create a budget.

Now is the time to budget. We like to let inspiration guide the project rather than money, because the budget tends to be limiting. But once you have your inspiration, you can set your budget around it. And do not think that if you have a small budget, you cannot achieve a massive reform of your space. You can! Your budget will keep you aware of what you can really afford to spend, but if you’re working with less money than you’d like, you’ll only be shopping at cheaper stores or even thrift. And digging for second-hand vintage pieces can net you some absolutely gorgeous finds you didn’t expect!

When considering your budget, it’s important that you set a maximum that you want to spend, but also try to stay below it. You don’t want to overspend and stress yourself out, so it’s not a bad idea to try to spend less than you can manage. Now is when you can start budgeting your must-haves to see what you need to spend and where. Your must-have items could end up taking up a chunk of your budget, and you should know this before planning the rest of your decor.

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Step 5: Do a first round of shopping.

We like to do home decorating projects in phases. With your budget in hand, you first need to find your must-have pieces. Because these are the things you consider most important, you should buy them when you have the money for them. But remember: this budget has to cover the entire project, so don’t spend everything on the essentials!

Step 6: Re-evaluate the plan.

Once you have your home must-haves in place, that’s when you can get back to taking stock of your space. This is also a great time to work on your DIY projects if you haven’t already. Put all the new pieces in place and look at your budget again before looking for more decor. We like to reassess here because maybe your ideas have changed. It’s possible to change your mind about things once you’ve started the decorating process, and it’s easier to change your decor in the middle of the project than after you’ve bought everything.

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Step 7: Buy again.

Okay, so you’ve got the must-haves, you’ve done the DIYs, and you have a shopping list for the extra parts. It’s a good idea to put your shopping list in order of priority, in case you reach the end of your budget before you’ve bought everything. By planning ahead and buying in order, you’ll ensure you get the necessities first. You can always add more decor pieces in the future when your budget opens up again.

Step 8: Put it all together.

Once you’ve picked out and bought everything and DIYed to your heart’s content, you can start putting it all together in your home. It is very exciting to see your home decorating ideas come to life and the beauty of being yours is that you can change it whenever you want! Enjoy the decor you have now and years from now, follow these eight easy steps and do something completely new!

Factors to consider when decorating your home

  • Budget: Do it and stick with it
  • Time: Consider how much you want to do and how fast
  • diy: Doing some projects can be fun, but if it’s not for you, then it’s not for you.
  • Sustainability: If this is important to you, then DIY and recycling will be the way to go, as will thrift.

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The bottom line

If you make a to-do list before starting a home decorating project, you can get it all done with ease. Find your inspiration, set up a plan, and shop. It really is that easy and you don’t need a huge budget to have a beautiful home.

Frequent questions


How can I beautify my house with little budget?


You don’t need to have a lot of money to redecorate. Shop at budget stores like Target and Walmart or even vintage stores and thrift stores. All of these places will provide you with beautiful decorating options at an affordable price.


What is a trend in home decoration 2020?


Bold colors are in for 2020, as is sustainability. You can’t go wrong if you save! Plants are also very much in style this year, so use your green thumb to add some greenery to your space.


How do I know what my decorating style is?


Spend some time searching places like Pinterest or home decor magazines. When furniture, artwork, or patterns stand out, mark them or set them aside. Eventually you’ll see a pattern, and that’s your style.


What is the easiest way to decorate a house?


If you’re not looking to do a whole home decorating project, simply painting the walls can change a space completely. Change the cushions on your sofa and your bed and you will change your home instantly.


Do-it-yourself home decorating ideas on a budget?


DIY home decor options are endless, and Pinterest is a great resource for them. IKEA furniture is also very easy to transform into something that seems to cost hundreds when it costs a fraction of that.

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