How To Add Personality To A Room (With A Small Budget)

One of the things I liked best about my new home was the clean, white walls. That was also something I didn’t like because it made my rooms look bare. It also created a lack of style and personality in the rooms despite them being full of furniture.

It doesn’t help that I’ve yet to do any painting because I’m still trying to really finalize my decorating style and don’t want to spend a lot of money on paint and painters only to find out it doesn’t work with my decor.

As a happy, cost-efficient compromise I started to add art to the walls. Once I started doing that I was amazed at how different every room looked and much more like a home it feels.

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I have a lot of empty wall space and while not all of it is getting wall art, what it could cost me thousands of dollars. Not what I need to or want to spend right now.

None of the wall art I have hanging in my rooms came from an art gallery or cost a lot of money. Having nice home decor doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Here are places you can get wall art at a budget price.

1. Ross

When I used to think of Ross I only thought about clothes. Now that I have a house I’m slowly decorating I’ve discovered the home section of Ross. They don’t have a huge wall art section, but they do have a variety of styles available.

2. Home Goods

I’ve probably shared this before, but this is my new favorite store. I always see something in there I like including wall art. Not only can you find painting and photographs, but also wall hangings made out of different materials like metal or wood.

3. Marshalls and TJ Maxx

Considering these are sister companies of HomeGoods it's probably not a surprise they made it on the list. Though most of both stores are clothing and shoes there is a nice little section in both stores that have some wall decor and other things for the home.

While I've never bought wall art in either store, I always love to peruse those aisles and think about what would look good on my walls.

4. Thrift and consignment stores

Two of my favorite wall art pieces were a surprising find at a thrift store. Also pretty much all of the wall art in the guest bedroom my mom decorated came from thrift and consignment shops. One thing to keep in mind, specifically for consignment shops, are the prices may start out high, but if the item doesn’t sale after a while the price may be lowered.

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4. Flea markets and yard sales

Confession, this is purely hearsay as I haven’t been to a flea market since my grandfather took me when I was a child. I also haven’t been able to find any art I liked at yard sales. But if you ever watch HGTV shows like Fixer Upper you’ve probably seen how pretty much anything that can hang on a wall can be transformed into wall art and some of the best places to find those types of items are flea markets and yard sales.

5. Children's drawings

When paired with a nice frame look like modern art. All of the images in one of my guest bedrooms are paintings I did in middle school and high school.

You can get nice, inexpensive frames from stores like Michael's or Hobby Lobby, especially when you use a coupon. Yard sales are another great place to get budget-friendly frames. As well as your own home by recycling picture frames from old pictures that no longer fit your decor.

What stores are your favorite places for buying wall art?


  1. Hi Leah,
    Great tips for decorating on a budget.
    I, too, prefer neutral colors for the walls and adding pops of color with artwork. Home Goods is my go to stop for finding great things for the house. Marshall's is a close second. :-)

    1. Thanks Neena! I also like Marshalls. I never went into that store or Home Goods until I became a homeowner. Now I visit them each about once a month whether I plan to buy anything or not!


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