Posted by Nicole Marcangelo in Home Design

​How many times have you seen pictures of gorgeously decorated homes and thought, There’s no way I can achieve that look!

​You’re in luck!

​While we may use an amazing design team to decorate and style our model homes, we know a thing or two about decorating on a budget (and we’ve even consulted the experts)!

​Using our model homes as inspiration, together we’re going to walk through home design trends that you can create using similar, affordable décor pieces.

​From DIY projects to small changes you can make to elevate any room, check out our insider scoops below for home decorating on a budget.

The Entryway

​This is where we welcome your guests and give them the first taste of your home’s unique vibe. Let’s check out this entryway’s exciting design elements.

Console Table vs. Built-in Shelf

​Built-in shelving can be pricey. In lieu of this add a console table that fits nicely into the niche or side wall in the foyer. We found this one at

  • Pro Tip: Wait for a sale (Kirkland’s runs regular sales that range from 15-25% off)
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Wall Décor

​Skip the expensive artwork and find printable files. This way you can alternate the artwork and even the frames as your mood (or the season) changes. We found these printable files on Pair with an affordable frame from—like this one—and save hundreds.

Add Some Green

​Adding a touch of green can help brighten up any space. Add an artificial plant from Target for just $15.

  • Pro Tip: Artificial plants don’t die or wilt—perfect those “brown”-thumb homeowners.

The Living Room

​This is where you entertain family and friends and are able to bond with one another. Check out this upscale living room.

Coffee Table

​The center of the living and focal point that supports the theme of the room. Modern glass coffee tables like the one shown above can easily run upwards of $500. Yikes! This table from Target offers the same contemporary flair with a price tag of only $137.

Accent Decor Pieces

​Tabletop accent pieces help tie everything together and can be changed out or upgraded as the room changes. This white modern ceramic vase from Kirkland’s is only $11. This terrarium from World Market starts at just $35. Now you’re a real bargain-shopper!

Throw Pillows

​Who doesn’t love a great pillow? Throw pillows help complete the living room by balancing a space with both texture and style. World Market also offers inexpensive modern throw pillow choices like this round velvet tufted pillow for $17 and this angle jacquard pillow for $20!

  • Pro Tip: By choosing neutral colors in furniture and using throw pillows to add texture, style, and color, you can keep updating your home as you wish without breaking the bank!

The Bedroom

​Ah, the bedroom. The ultimate retreat from the world. Let’s check out this design which converts extra bedroom space into the book reader’s retreat.


​Avid reader? Creating a reading nook in your bedroom is on trend. Creating a private sanctuary does not require high priced built-in bookshelves. Check out this stand-alone Billy bookshelf from Ikea for only $7. Combine two or more depending on your book collection.

The Chair

​Nothing completes the perfect reading nook like a big, comfy chair. This Remsta armchair (also from Ikea) fits the bill perfectly. Bedside Lamps: There is no shortage of affordable lamps on the market today—great news for your nightly reading ritual! This cream accent table lamp is only $28 at Kirkland’s.

The Laundry Room

​Between the kids and pets, let’s be honest: the laundry room takes a beating; however, adding just a small touch of design can bring some life back into this essential space. Let’s take a nice, long gander at this fun laundry room.

Wall Décor

​It’s all about making this space fun and functional with fun memory points. This laundry plaque is only $20 at Kirkland’s.

Pet Zone

​Make space for everyone in the family. If the laundry room doubles as the pet zone add some character with these customizable portraits on Etsy for just $24!

Countertop Style

​Create more interest in the space by combining a dog treat jar from Target for $20 with a 2-pack of artificial plants like these from Amazon for just $14.

​As you can see, these small touches and affordable dupes make decorating on budget fun and easy. Making your home uniquely yours only takes a little inspiration (but if you need more, we’ve got you covered)!

​We cannot wait to see what you come up with!


Nicole Marcangelo
Nicole Marcangelo


As Internet Sales Manager in Tampa, Nicole’s passion for real estate drives her enthusiasm and dedication to help you find your dream home at one of our many communities as well as decorate your beautiful new space and find the best things to do in the Tampa Bay Area. In her free time, Nicole enjoys taking fitness classes (#Peloton), cheering on Tampa’s sports teams (#GoBucs), and enjoying the beautiful local beaches with friends (#SunshineState).

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