Great Decorating Ideas Under $500

There is no time like the present to add some style to a bare wall. Today we are examining a few great design ideas for adding some fantastic and beautiful decor to any area of the home that needs a little warmth and color during these grey, cold winter months. Not only are these ideas stylish and comforting but they are also affordable.


Professor’s Study

Who does not like the idea of having their own private study? There is nothing more iconic than a wall filled with the shelving of classic literature. A study has long been that perfect spot to plop down on the couch in front of the fireplace and take in a good book, take a nap, or have a cup of tea.

Capturing the look of a study is relatively easy. It does not take a thick stack of cash to line a wall with two to three bookcases. The main problem here is finding the books to fill the shelves. But do not fret; books are usually available in abundance and on the cheap at garage sales, thrift stores, second-hand bookstores, or a local library clearance sale.


The Lodge

Ever dreamed of a rustic and woodsy modern aesthetic? Look no further than the lodge look. Inspired by the lodges found in Scandinavia, this particular style is modern but still feels very connected to nature.
Accompanied by warm colors this look can bring a lot of warmth to the cold winter days.

The lodge-style can be easily accomplished on a small budget. One great idea is to cover one wall, preferably around a fireplace with light-colored wood planks such as pine or hickory. These planks can be installed either vertically or horizontally, whatever your preference. You could stain, paint, or whitewash the planks to compliment the style of your home.



The Boho style is all about layering and colors. To get the Boho looks means flat-weave rugs, embroidered pillows, and throws over the upholstery, along with mixed-media art adorning the walls. Boho captures a relaxed and homey feel that adds color and style to any space.

The Boho style can also be a part of your home without breaking the wallet. Start at the floor and work your way up. Begin with rugs as the primary element of the design. Rugs tend to pull in the rest of the decoration in a room. You do not need a large, expensive rug to fill the room; in fact, several small and inexpensive rugs are a better option.

If you own a home, then we hope these design tips can brighten up and warm your home. If you are still looking for a place to call your own then be sure to check out our listings of rent-to-own homes.