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How To Decorate Small Spaces On A Budget




Decorating Small Spaces on a Budget



I live in California, and let’s be real, it’s expensive living in the west coast. Although I would never trade my west coast living, learning how to decorate on a budget was a must for me.



I’ve always been interested in interior design and have always dreamt of the day I could finally afford a house that I can design from top to bottom. Having moved out after high school to live with my boyfriend(now husband), our main focus was rent, utilities, food, and transportation to work and college.



Setting my home decor dreams for a later date, I had to quickly learn how to apply minimalist, cozy, and cost efficient hacks for our small 1 bedroom apartment. Decorating a small space on a budget is not easy, but with just a few hacks any small apartment or home can feel spacious without breaking the bank.



Let’s face it, nobody has the time to learn about interior design when you have so many things going on. Life get’s busy and sometimes our homes can reflect that. In this post, my goal is to share a few simple tips anyone can apply regardless of space or budget size.




Tip #1




Adding mirrored/reflective accessories to a room is a must. By adding mirrors to a room, or even mirrored accessories such as a bedside lamp, you are creating the illusion of a larger space.



When you are working with a tight budget, or with a smaller space, it is so important to maximize that space. A minimalistic style will prevent you from over-crowding a room with unnecessary clutter. Focus on key pieces that can enhance your space.



By adding mirrors, or mirrored accessories, not only are you decorating but you are taking that space and making the most out of it. While it may look expensive, you can easily find affordable pieces at your local HomeGoods, Target, or TjMaxx store.



Do not be afraid to shop at these stores because you would truly be missing out on some home decor gems.




Tip #2




I simply cannot emphasize how important it is to incorporate wall art into your home. This is a key piece that represents your values, interests, or personality. Whether you live in a college dorm, or a house/apartment, wall art is an overall reflection of you.



Sometimes, apartments and dorms will not allow you to paint the color of the walls. Trust me, I know the struggle. The colors of white or eggshell can make your home feel pretty bland, wall art allows you to add that pop of color and make your vision come to life.



For my bedroom, I customized a canvas that represents my love of plants. Although I absolutely love plants, I have learned from previous experience that I cannot have any due to my cat absolutely destroying them. (If you have any tips for this please do not hesitate to comment below).



The print canvas featured in this post is from Photowall. They offer an amazing variety of wall art options at an affordable price. Not to sound like a commercial, but their selection of wall murals and canvas prints are environmentally friendly, and will not fade with sunlight exposure.



Photowall has kindly reached out to offer my lovely readers a discount code for 20% off any purchase made before the 16th of March. Simply use my code LearningLilyCampaign2018 and save some money at checkout.



Adding wall art is a budget-friendly and easy way to personalize your home without the worry of taking up too much space. Similar to mirrors, wall art does not take up space but enhances the look of your home with a touch of personality.




Tip #3




Sometimes when you are attempting a minimalistic style, it is easy for your home to feel like a “staged home”. A staged home basically means it resembles a home that is staged by professionals with the intent to sell by showcasing the home to potential buyers.



Everyone wants a home that feels like their own personal space. Like your own safe haven. This leads me to my last and final tip- create a cozy atmosphere.



This tip is simple, and requires no need to over-complicate. Some essentials to create a comfy atmosphere include string lights and texture. String lights are a must, not only can they make any room beautiful, but they add a touch of warmth to your home. By the way, you can find string lights at IKEA for under $5… yes, you read that correctly.



When it comes to adding texture, you do not need to go and purchase a variety of different accessories. In fact, this can be done with a simple throw blanket over the bed or couch. Or by simply adding textured pillows that represent your design style and personality.



Alright my lovelies, I hope I have kept this post short and simple. You do not need a huge budget to have a beautiful home. Although these tips are simple, they truly make a world of a difference. Focus on minimalistic design, stand-out accessories, warmth, and mirrors for the illusion of space.



Spend smarter not greater  




Follow my Pinterest for more home decor inspiration.




What are your tips for decorating a small space on a budget? 🙂






  1. February 11, 2018 / 8:36 pm

    Great advice, I have very little money and I still managed to add hanging art and a lot of fairy lights x

    • Lily Segui
      February 11, 2018 / 10:05 pm

      That can definitely add warmth and personalize your space ??

  2. February 11, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    I love interiors and I honestly can’t wait to decorate and put my own stamp on my own place. Thankfully my style is quite minimal. I love the tip about reflective surfaces! x


    • Lily Segui
      February 11, 2018 / 10:05 pm

      Thank You Sophie!!☺️?

  3. February 11, 2018 / 9:07 pm

    These tips sound amazing! My room isn’t very big and I want to make it feel more like home so I need to decorate! xx corinne

    • Lily Segui
      February 11, 2018 / 10:06 pm

      Hopefully these tips can help ? Thanks for reading Corinne ☺️

  4. February 11, 2018 / 10:51 pm

    Love that print above your bed! Also visiting California this May and I cannot wait!!!

    • Lily Segui
      February 12, 2018 / 5:40 am

      Thank you!! You’ll love it here ???

  5. February 12, 2018 / 4:21 am

    Love these tips! Definitely things I will think about when I move out. I started doing a Bachelor of Interior Design last year (only completed one year and have changed courses now) but it was more architectural which I loved. Interior design has ALWAYS been something I was interested in, I was drawing house plans before I even started school (maybe not to scale but that’s okay hahah), thank you for sharing these! Had a look at your Pinterest too and it’s so aesthetically pleasing!

    -Sophie xx
    Cherries & Perfume 

    • Lily Segui
      February 12, 2018 / 5:40 am

      It’s amazing you have such a creative passion! & thank you so much, I definitely put a lot of work into my Pinterest ☺️?

  6. February 12, 2018 / 3:02 pm

    These are great tips! I really want to redecorate some of the rooms in my house soon so it’s great to hear some new ideas.

    • Lily Segui
      February 14, 2018 / 10:05 pm

      I’m happy this could help, Lisa!!??

  7. Amita
    February 14, 2018 / 9:16 pm

    Such great tips! I love wall art and adding fairy lights, it makes my room feel so cosy and homey 🙂 x

    • Lily Segui
      February 14, 2018 / 10:04 pm

      Thank you so much Amita!!??

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