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How to Redecorate Your Space Without Buying Anything New

Anyone should be able to enjoy the feeling of a refreshed and renewed space without breaking the bank.

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With infinite Black Friday promotions being pushed to us via email and social media, it might seem impossible to fight the urge to purchase something new for your home. Don't get me wrong; I'm all for holiday shopping and saving up for large purchases around sales—but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the feeling of a refreshed and renewed space otherwise. In this article, I'm going to share five ways to refresh or redecorate your space without buying anything new.

Top five ways to refresh your home without buying anything new:

  • Shop for inspiration in your closet and use non-traditional items you already own and adore as decor.
  • Re-organize your entryway or other areas of your home.
  • Forage florals from your backyard to bring some greenery into your space.
  • Swap out decorative items around your home seasonally.
  • Create artwork from things you have lying around the house.


Let's get into it!

"Shop" your closet for inspiration.

The clothes you wear represent who you are, similar to how your interiors and decor represent your personal style. Whenever I need inspiration, I turn to the clothes in my closet. Everyday items like old t-shirts or bandanas look great hung up or framed on a wall. You could even intermix your framed piece of fabric with a standard gallery wall so it blends into your normal decor.

Gallery wall made of bandanas
I love the dramatic effect this wall of blue bandanas has on this blue-painted wall; Photo from Martha Stewart.

Re-organize your entryway or other areas of your home.

Re-organizing, rearranging, and decluttering are my go-to's when needing to give life to an old space. Areas in your home, such as an entryway, can often be overlooked and over-cluttered with things you bring daily. You'd be surprised by what restyling items you already have can do in creating a haven for yourself. Take this entryway by Jasmyne, for example. Her entryway was a blank canvas that occasionally housed mail and other packages. By bringing in a few decorative pieces, such as framed photos, pillows, candles, and hooks for coats, she completely changed the look and feel of her space.

Forage florals from your backyard to bring some greenery into your space.

Using florals, branches, and other greenery as part of your everyday decor will instantly change the feel of your home. By bringing the outside in, you're incorporating a familiarity into your home that will achieve a welcoming tone. Who doesn't love a bit of nature? When walking through the woods near my house, I love paying close attention to what's around me and what I can borrow from the land. I typically gravitate towards colorful florals, but I've recently been into dramatic branches a la Athena Calderone. Whatever you choose to bring in, I guarantee that pairing it with your favorite decorative vessel will become your new favorite way to decorate at home.

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Dramatic branches like the one shown here are total showstoppers; Photo by Eye Swoon.

Swap out decorative items around your home seasonally.

Linens, bedding, and even light fixtures are all items I like to swap out seasonally (or whenever I'm bored with my decor). You probably already have a solid collection of sheets or duvets around the bedroom, so use those to your advantage to refresh your space when you need something new. With light fixtures, sometimes all you have to do is move the placement of your lamp to see a room from a fresh perspective. You can also swap on the bulbs to give a warmer or more dramatic ambiance in a space.

Create a piece of artwork from things you have lying around the house.

Doodle on paper, finger paint, or create something from leftover scraps. The possibilities are endless when you have the creative mindset of a DIYer! I've recently been inspired by Leanne Ford's magazine Feel Free, where she shares many DIY design tips and projects, including these incredible doodles by Carolyn Kelly. Talk about creating a statement out of nothing! Another favorite of mine is LC of @allthepeachesplease, best known for her DIY projects on Instagram. LC has shown the world that you can make a beautiful piece of decor from practically nothing and has featured everything from ottoman makeovers, handmade plaster mirrors, plexiglass art, and so much more.

Leanne Ford interior design, doodle drawing on walls
(Left) Minimal white bedroom with ceiling doodles; Interior design by Leanne Ford; (Top + Bottom Right) Ceiling doodles on interior walls.

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Date Posted
November 25, 2022
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Design Inspo

How to Redecorate Your Space Without Buying Anything New

Anyone should be able to enjoy the feeling of a refreshed and renewed space without breaking the bank.

With infinite Black Friday promotions being pushed to us via email and social media, it might seem impossible to fight the urge to purchase something new for your home. Don't get me wrong; I'm all for holiday shopping and saving up for large purchases around sales—but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the feeling of a refreshed and renewed space otherwise. In this article, I'm going to share five ways to refresh or redecorate your space without buying anything new.

Top five ways to refresh your home without buying anything new:

  • Shop for inspiration in your closet and use non-traditional items you already own and adore as decor.
  • Re-organize your entryway or other areas of your home.
  • Forage florals from your backyard to bring some greenery into your space.
  • Swap out decorative items around your home seasonally.
  • Create artwork from things you have lying around the house.


Let's get into it!

"Shop" your closet for inspiration.

The clothes you wear represent who you are, similar to how your interiors and decor represent your personal style. Whenever I need inspiration, I turn to the clothes in my closet. Everyday items like old t-shirts or bandanas look great hung up or framed on a wall. You could even intermix your framed piece of fabric with a standard gallery wall so it blends into your normal decor.

Gallery wall made of bandanas
I love the dramatic effect this wall of blue bandanas has on this blue-painted wall; Photo from Martha Stewart.

Re-organize your entryway or other areas of your home.

Re-organizing, rearranging, and decluttering are my go-to's when needing to give life to an old space. Areas in your home, such as an entryway, can often be overlooked and over-cluttered with things you bring daily. You'd be surprised by what restyling items you already have can do in creating a haven for yourself. Take this entryway by Jasmyne, for example. Her entryway was a blank canvas that occasionally housed mail and other packages. By bringing in a few decorative pieces, such as framed photos, pillows, candles, and hooks for coats, she completely changed the look and feel of her space.

Forage florals from your backyard to bring some greenery into your space.

Using florals, branches, and other greenery as part of your everyday decor will instantly change the feel of your home. By bringing the outside in, you're incorporating a familiarity into your home that will achieve a welcoming tone. Who doesn't love a bit of nature? When walking through the woods near my house, I love paying close attention to what's around me and what I can borrow from the land. I typically gravitate towards colorful florals, but I've recently been into dramatic branches a la Athena Calderone. Whatever you choose to bring in, I guarantee that pairing it with your favorite decorative vessel will become your new favorite way to decorate at home.

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Dramatic branches like the one shown here are total showstoppers; Photo by Eye Swoon.

Swap out decorative items around your home seasonally.

Linens, bedding, and even light fixtures are all items I like to swap out seasonally (or whenever I'm bored with my decor). You probably already have a solid collection of sheets or duvets around the bedroom, so use those to your advantage to refresh your space when you need something new. With light fixtures, sometimes all you have to do is move the placement of your lamp to see a room from a fresh perspective. You can also swap on the bulbs to give a warmer or more dramatic ambiance in a space.

Create a piece of artwork from things you have lying around the house.

Doodle on paper, finger paint, or create something from leftover scraps. The possibilities are endless when you have the creative mindset of a DIYer! I've recently been inspired by Leanne Ford's magazine Feel Free, where she shares many DIY design tips and projects, including these incredible doodles by Carolyn Kelly. Talk about creating a statement out of nothing! Another favorite of mine is LC of @allthepeachesplease, best known for her DIY projects on Instagram. LC has shown the world that you can make a beautiful piece of decor from practically nothing and has featured everything from ottoman makeovers, handmade plaster mirrors, plexiglass art, and so much more.

Leanne Ford interior design, doodle drawing on walls
(Left) Minimal white bedroom with ceiling doodles; Interior design by Leanne Ford; (Top + Bottom Right) Ceiling doodles on interior walls.

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