I'm an interior designer. Here are 12 things you can do to elevate your space for under $50.

  • I'm an experienced interior designer with Block Renovation who's transformed thousands of rooms.

  • Swapping different lampshades and bulbs alters a space's ambiance without breaking the bank.

  • Add dimension to your home by playing with mirrors, and don't be afraid to hang several together.

As an experienced design manager at Block Renovation, I've transformed countless rooms.

I firmly believe that taking a space from ordinary to extraordinary doesn't have to break the bank. Enhancing your home's ambiance, adding personality, and optimizing functionality only takes a few thoughtful touches and well-chosen accessories.

Each of these design tricks costs less than $50, and they'll help create a space that reflects your style and leaves a lasting impression.

Instantly uplift a room by hanging bold artwork on its walls.

bathroom with art on the wall, glass shower on the right
Prints or paintings can add personality to an otherwise plain room.Block Renovation

Look for affordable prints and posters, or create your own pieces. You can opt for a cohesive theme, or you can mix and match various styles.

Use inexpensive frames to create a gallery wall, or get a more eclectic look with DIY options, like washi tape or clipboards. Don't forget to consider wall decals.

Update your cushion covers and throw pillows.

living room with plant to the left, couch in center with colorful throw pillows on it
Play around with different pillow textures and patterns.Shutterstock

Search for covers with interesting textures, patterns, or vibrant colors that complement your existing furniture.

Mixing and matching different shapes and sizes can also create a more dynamic, inviting atmosphere.

You can find affordable options at home-decor stores, or you can get creative and make your own covers using fabric remnants or repurposed textiles.

Bring nature indoors to add a touch of greenery and a sense of tranquility.

plants filling a room with hammock and window to the left
Research plants ahead of time and go for ones that are easy to maintain.Shutterstock

Consider buying a couple of low-maintenance plants, such as succulents or hardy houseplants, that thrive in different light conditions.

I've had luck finding affordable potted plants at local nurseries and online shops. For an eclectic vibe, put them in stylish planters or thrifted containers.

Upgrade your light fixtures to make a bold statement and set the mood in your space.

sitting area in home with gray chair and standing lamp beside it to the left
Browse different lamps, bulbs, and shades.Shutterstock

Unique pendant lights, table lamps, and floor lamps can add character to your room and illuminate specific areas. Don't be afraid to experiment with different lamp styles, shade materials, and bulb types.

Consider installing dimmers so you can customize the brightness levels. After all, lighting can make or break a room's atmosphere, so don't underestimate its transformative power.

Use mirrors to visually expand spaces and reflect light.

round mirror and white faux fireplace in room
Mirrors can improve a space.New Africa/Shutterstock

A single decorative mirror can make a gorgeous focal point, but you can also group multiple mirrors of various shapes and sizes together to create an eye-catching display.

In my experience, thrift stores and flea markets can be treasure troves for unique mirrors. And if you already have a mirror you love, give it an update with a fresh coat of paint or add some embellishments that match your desired aesthetic.

Add warmth, texture, and personality to your floors with mats and rugs.

colorful room with wall art, couch and layered rugs
Mix different patterns, colors, and textures to create movement in your room.Block Renovation

Be on the lookout for affordable rug options that complement your existing decor and tie the room together, but don't be afraid to experiment with different patterns, colors, and sizes.

Rugs can define specific areas, add visual interest, and even dampen noise. Layering them can create a cozy, dynamic look, and you can get it without breaking the bank.

Just don't forget to place pads beneath your rugs to keep them in place and protect your floors.

Use woven baskets, fabric bins, or vintage crates to neatly store and display items.

basket with clothes stacked in it and plant in bottom left corner
Store clothing and other items in baskets and charming bins.Shutterstock

These items can be used to store books, blankets, toys, or even toiletries. I can usually find unique pieces at thrift stores, and I often repurpose items I already have and use them as storage compartments.

The key is to find functional storage solutions that blend seamlessly with your decor. That way, you can keep clutter at bay while maintaining a visually appealing space.

Give your room a splash of color or texture with a statement wall or focal point.

bathroom with pink wall behind vanity
Paint one wall a bright color, or use temporary wallpaper for a fun pattern.Block Renovation

Paint one wall a bold shade, or try removable wallpaper for a temporary pop of pattern.

Alternatively, consider installing wall panels, reclaimed wood, or even a large-scale piece of artwork as a focal point.

These budget-friendly options can transform a room's look and feel without blowing through your budget and requiring major renovations.

Upgrade your windows with stylish curtains or drapes for some elegance and privacy.

living room with couch on left curtains in back and chair on right
Curtains contribute to a comfortable, cozy atmosphere.Shutterstock

Choose fabrics that complement your existing color scheme and decor.

Long curtains create the illusion of height and grandeur. And if you're on a tight budget, you can make your own curtains using fabric remnants or repurposed textiles.

Enhancing your windows adds visual appeal and also allows for more light control and privacy.

Give your cabinets, drawers, and doors a face-lift by replacing their hardware.

different handles on cabinets
Try different handles and knobs until you land on one you love.Shutterstock

Swapping out hardware is a simple, inexpensive way to breathe new life into tired furniture or fixtures.

All you need to do is look for unique knobs, handles, or pulls that suit your style and elevate the overall aesthetic. You can find a wide selection of affordable options online or at local home-improvement stores.

Just ensure a proper fit by measuring the existing holes before purchasing new hardware.

Mix in some decorative accents, trinkets, and other personal touches.

small lighthouses on hanging shelf with black wall decal in shape of fish
Snag souvenirs that go with your home decor during your trips.Shutterstock

Look for affordable items — like vases, candles, figurines, and quirky souvenirs — that reflect your interests or travels.

Thrift stores, flea markets, and online marketplaces often have one-of-a-kind finds at affordable prices.

Displaying these items on shelves, mantels, or coffee tables is an easy way to infuse character and individuality into your space. Showcase your favorite pieces in open spaces, but make sure you don't clutter them.

Unleash your creativity and potentially save money by taking on DIY projects.

Hanging plants in macrame baskets
Your hobbies, like macramé, can also result in fantastic decor.Dmitry Marchenko / EyeEm/Getty Images

Try your hand at painting, creating collages, macramé, or folding origami to create artwork. Half the fun is gathering inspiration from online tutorials, books, and your own imagination.

Not only will making your own decor allow you to personalize your space, but also it'll probably give you a sense of accomplishment. Plus, handmade items often become conversation starters.

So embrace your creative side and let your DIY projects elevate your space.

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