Most of us understand going in that decorating a home from scratch is not an inexpensive endeavor. It isn’t hard to forget what you’re doing and get caught up in the “vision” of your home instead of keeping track of what you spend. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend, trying to create a good look and feel for your home can be incredibly stressful. Even if you don’t have a lot of money to spend you can still create a wonderful decorating scheme. Read on to get a few tips for cheap and great looking decor! You definitely want to visit a thrift store. Thrift stores and second hand stores are great for people who want to create a new decorating scheme but don’t have a big budget to do so. You can find lots of decorations and other items to use in your decorating scheme, you just have to learn to recognize them. With some creativity you can turn just about anything you find while thrift shopping into decor. All you need is some patience and even the funniest looking clothes on the racks can be turned into things of beauty for your home. The nicest and barely used and easy to refinish things can usually be found in affluent neighborhood thrift stores and second hand shops. Make your own original art if you simply must have something that is one of a kind. Creating your own original art is better for your budget and still let s you fill your house with original pieces. Art supplies are not exactly cheap but they will still be less expensive that buying up a bunch of original artwork that is done by others. Making your own art is a great way to spend an afternoon or a weekend. You could even turn it into a family activity. Your kids can use the art they make to decorate their rooms. All you need are a few “how to” books or videos and you can get started! You’ll feel a great sense of pride when people come over and compliment you on your decorating scheme because you’ll know that you made the art yourself. Be creative! There are plenty of things you already own that you can use to decorate your house. You could use your kitchen cookery as decorations if you take them out of the cupboards and hang them up. If you put your cookery on the walls, you won’t have to dig through the cabinets to find it! This was Julia Child’s favorite way to use her kitchen ware. What about the really pretty patterned blanket that you never get to bring out because you don’t want it to get dirty? You could get it framed and hang it up! There are no written rules that say quilts and blankets can only be used for warmth and bedspreads. Look around-what functional item can you display? For many people the decorations they crave are already accessible. Just take some time and let yourself be creative. Empty walls can be just as, if not more, beautiful than a wall crammed full of art. Store bought art is fine, but sometimes the decorations you make yourself are even better! Do some thinking before you start to decorate. The faster you try to finish your decorating project the more likely you are to deplete your savings.