Room by Room Decorating Basic Ideas

Decorate your home for less with savvy ideas for affordable, impactful updates. See how to give the rooms in your home a boost with DIY decorating projects from re-purposed items, or how to use what you already own to create a brand-new look. You can get the look you love while maintaining a budget that works for you.

You may well have a general home decorating ideas chosen for your entire home, but within the overall style, each room has its own purpose and style. How the room is used, and by whom, should be considered as you arrange each room and choose materials, accessories, and accents. 

Consider the needs of each individual room, and research related articles pertaining to those spaces. Home decor should reflect your personal taste and interests, but it must also address the particular function of those rooms.

1. Living Rooms and Family Rooms

Living rooms can fill many functions, from a formal “parlor” used to greet guests to a space where the whole family gathers for study, entertainment, socializing, and play. In modern homes, the living room is often a “great room” that is contiguous with the kitchen and dining area.

Living Room

One of the first considerations is choosing a focal point for the living room and especially where you want to create conversation areas. Your selection and arrangement of living room furniture should keep this element in mind. Only then can you move to the details of planning lighting, then choosing area rugs, art and accessories.

2. Bedrooms Decorating Ideas

You spend a third of your life in the bedroom, so you should carefully consider strategies for making it a restful place. Start with choosing the bed and the other bedroom furniture. While you may be able to save money in other areas, buying a good-quality mattress and pillows is always a sound investment.

Armchairs, rug and bed in modern bedroom

Your choice of color is also critical in a bedroom—choose a lighter hue if you are a morning person, or a darker color if you are a later riser. The bedroom lighting is important for setting the right mood, as well as for allowing you to read and get dressed in the space.

If you don’t have a large master suite, look for practical ideas for decorating small bedrooms. And guest bedrooms have their own unique needs for decorating. This gives your home decor an extra charm.

3. Decorating Children’s Rooms

For decorating kids’ rooms, it’s still common practice to use themes traditionally assigned to boys and girls, although today’s parents are increasingly sensitive to making kids’ bedrooms more gender-neutral. 

Woodland themed child's bedroom.

A nursery for an infant has its own decorating needs, especially where young families where budget may be a consideration.

4. Decorating Bathrooms

Do you want to turn your master bath into an elegant spa? Then research general design ideas for bathrooms, including how to make the room feel soft and sophisticated, and how to choose the cabinets, tile, sinks, mirrors, lighting, and accessories.

Modern bathroom

In small bathrooms, the challenge is decorating it to make it feel and look larger.

5. Decorating Kitchens

The kitchen can be an expensive room to remodel, so you’ll want to carefully plan your project. If a complete remodel is not affordable or practical, there are any number of budget kitchen makeovers you can consider.

Modernist new build in the south of Spain designed by Matteo Thun

By including giving your kitchen deep cleaning, freshening the paint, adding lighting, replacing cabinet hardware, adding new home & kitchen accessories, and replacing the sink and faucet. 


Finally, simple home decorating ideas all on their own can make your home and kitchen look brand new. And of course, these decorating choices are part of any budget home makeover or major remodeling project.

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