Decorating interiors can be fun and fulfilling—and expensive. But sometimes, in an attempt to save money, we cut a few too many corners and the result is anything but beautiful. The good news is that you can decorate your home inexpensively and elegantly by avoiding some common cheap decorating solutions. 

No matter your decorating budget, the goal is the same: to add to your home’s beauty and create an aesthetically pleasing and inviting space. Before you start, take care to avoid these 10 mistakes that can leave your living quarters looking cheap and less-than-stunning.

  1. Mass Produced Art- Art is one of the most important elements of a well-decorated home and few things can cheapen a space quicker than mass production prints and artwork. This living space from Beauty EQ features a beautiful, original piece of artwork that looks expensive and purposeful. But even if you can’t afford to attend a luxe art show, sites such as Etsy make it possible to afford original and unique art on almost any budget. And if you have a streak of DIY in you, you can easily and frugally create your own original artwork for your home.
  2. An Overstuffed Entryway -Take a note from this entryway from Bless’er House and keep your space as tidy and well organized as possible. It’s fine to use your entryway as a place to toss odds and ends, but it’s easy for that to spiral out of control.Your entryway should look polished and sophisticated because it’s the first thing people see when they come into your home. Invest in a few pieces of functional furniture and unique artwork to keep the space beautiful and useable. 
  3. Overdone Themes – Theme decorating works well in a pre-teen kid’s room. After that, decorating themes should be replaced by decorating styles—and this requires a different approach.One of the fastest ways to cheapen any space is to have too much of a good thing. Indulge in subtle expressions of style for maximum effect. For example, if you want to demonstrate your love for the seashore, you can scatter a few nautical found objects throughout your home—but an overabundance might make it look like a cheap seaside motel.
  4. A Too Small Rug -This beautiful living room spotted on Nesting With Grace does everything right … almost. The jute rug used in the middle of the room may go with the decor, but its size makes the room feel off balance.When picking a rug, make sure it’s large enough to fit right under your furniture so it is not simply floating in the room. A rug that is too large will make your space feel too full while a too-small rug looks haphazard and, well, cheap. 
  5. Cluttered Rooms -Leaving too much stuff sitting on the kitchen counter is a classic decor faux pas. A decluttered look makes a room feel expensive and updated. Find a place for your stuff so your house doesn’t look unkempt and cheap. There are endless ways to hack your clutter and get rid of it for good.