The most inexpensive ways to decorate a space are to adjust the lighting, repaint the walls, substitute unique pieces of furniture and add wall decorations. When decorating must serve function as well as form, it is also relatively inexpensive to replace old cabinetry with standing bookshelves, recoat an ailing floor and cover old furniture with discount fabrics.
Changing the lighting is the easiest and cheapest way to remake a room. Softer light is achieved by swapping out bright bulbs for more efficient, soft white light bulbs. Adding additional light fixtures or removing overhead lighting are other ways to transform a room with the flip of a switch.
A fresh coat of paint or a change of color are inexpensive ways to change a room's mood. Bright colors such as yellow, white, peach and sky blue lend a room a new freshness. More subtle colors such as rose, green and gray can give a room a serious air. A coat of paint costs less than decorating projects requiring any sort of construction, and it has a much bigger effect on a room's feel.
Thrift stores offer renovators many low cost ways to decorate their homes. Antique end tables, chairs and lamps usually make for affordable and simple room additions. Eclectic fabrics and wall decorations are also in great supply at thrift stores. Adding these elements to a room can easily change the entire feel of space without a considerable investment.