Here in Oklahoma we are lucky enough to experience all four seasons throughout the year; sometimes we even experience all four seasons in one day! Fall has finally arrived, and one of my favorite things about the change in seasons is that I get the chance to try something different with my home decor. I don’t know about you, but I get tired of looking at the same things for months on end, and find that rotating my decor for the seasons is a great way to keep my home fresh and interesting. Here I’ll share 5 of my favorite frugal ways to incorporate seasonal decor into my home.
- When choosing seasonal items, use colors and styles that complement your year-round decor (such as art, furniture, curtains, pillows, etc). This will save you money by allowing you to use pieces you already have and reducing the amount of “seasonal” decor you will need to purchase in order to create a unified look. For instance, during the spring and summer months I use lots of grey, blue, green, and yellow. So I kept these colors consistent with my fall decor, and simply added a few accents of a light orange shade. You’ll see more example of this in the photos below. The most important thing is to think of your home decor as a whole and look for pieces that interact well with each other. If you don’t think it would blend seamlessly with the items you already have, don’t buy it!
- Use a chalkboard to display seasonal messages! I got mine from Hobby Lobby for $9.99, and I use some chalk pencils to do the calligraphy myself.
For this fall I chose “Eat, Drink, Give Thanks”. Here are some other phrase ideas to get you started.
Winter: “Eat Drink & Be Merry” “Baby it’s cold outside” “Have yourself a merry little Christmas” “O Holy night”
Spring: “Bless our nest” “Bloom where you are planted” “He makes all things beautiful”
Summer: “You are my sunshine” “Love, Laughter & Happily Ever After” “Amazing Grace”
Fall: “Happy fall y’all!” “Fall in love” “Autumn, the years last & loveliest smile”
The options here are endless, have fun with it!
3.Use vase fillers as a cheap and easy way to change up your decor!
I bought three boxes of this filler from Hobby Lobby for $8.39 each, and I’ve used it for literally everything from my apothecary jars, to decorative bowls, and centerpieces. For an even thriftier way update your home’s look, visit your back yard or a local park to find leaves, pinecones, acorns, flowers or other FREE items that can be incorporated into your decor. I’ll admit I’ve even used my fresh produce as a decoration from time to time, I guess I never really learned not to play with my food.
4. A good accent pillow and throw blanket are the #1 quick fix for your living area! They require almost no effort, and will make your home feel cozy and welcoming. Here is where shopping within your color scheme really saves you money. I could easily go out and spend $100 on a new set of pillows and blankets for every season, but instead I chose a pumpkin accent pillow and plaid throw blanket that compliment my year round color scheme so they can be mixed and matched with pieces I already own, like my paisly pillow. I’ll also be using the blanket through the winter season as well so it will do double duty. These two pieces ended up costing me about $35.
5. Change out your framed photos! Almost everyone has access to a smart phone capable of taking great photos, and it only costs a few cents to get them printed at Walgreens or from websites like shutterfly.com, that’s what makes this my favorite frugal way to update my home for the seasons! Choose some of your favorite family “throwback” photos from the current season, or go outside and snap some of your own. Either way it will add a touch of character to your home, and you will enjoy seeing the faces of the people you love most. To make this even easier, store the unused photos behind the one currently being displayed so you can find them for next year.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my secrets for creating great seasonal style on a budget. I would love to see photos of how you use these tips and tricks in your own homes!