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Budget Friendly Summer Decorating Tips

A clean, uncluttered room gives the impression that it’s a lot cooler than a room that is heavily furnished and filled with large furniture. During the warmer seasons, the single mom is probably looking for decorating ideas that will be easy to take care of, make her family comfortable and invite them to spend time together. If the decorating changes can be done for little or no money, so much the better.

There are several summer decorating tips a single mom on a budget can use to give her home a new look for spring and summer without completely overhauling each room and buying new accessories.

Window Treatments

A single mom who doesn’t depend on window treatments for privacy can take down heavy drapes or dark curtains and replace them with panels of sheer material for summer. For more coverage or to partially block the heat of the afternoon sun, consider stitching together light color panels from bed sheets.

Fire Place

A fire place is seldom used during summer, but that doesn’t mean the single mom can’t use it as a visual focal point. Clean it well and set plants inside. A basket of dried flowers or fake greenery will also brighten up a space that would have otherwise been neglected.

For the single mom who likes scented candles, make an arrangement of candles and candlesticks of various sizes and colors that are used elsewhere in the room. The candles will give the illusion of a working fireplace while filling the space with a light scent.


Artificial flowers and greenery can often look natural in a room. Look for items at rummage sales which are everywhere during the summer, thrift shops and even dollar stores. Place the greenery on surface that would be wasted space, like on the top of cupboards, in containers you have on display, or tucked in bookcases and display cabinets.

Kitchen Ideas

If you can take an item off of the counter, do it. Hang shelves from beneath the cabinets to store items you need within reach.

Replace the dark tablecloths with light colored place mats.

If you have a kitchen window, fill the ledge with pots of herbs. The herbs will not only make the kitchen smell good, but will give it a clean and airy feel.

Cover a cork board with a remnant of material to use as a family communication center.



Redecorate for Free? Just Rearrange!

Imagine giving your rooms a whole new look without spending a penny. For the single mom on a tight budget, this is the first trick she should try when she decides it’s time to redecorate. Simply rearranging the furniture can give a fresh and totally new look to any room.

Decorate within your budget and give your living space a new look by taking the time to recognize the things you like about the room as well as the things that you want to change. Identify these concerns by standing in the entry way of the room and taking notes.


Is it easy to get around in the room, or do the furnishings get in the way of going from one part of the room to another? What are the most important pathways and how can they be improved?

Some pathways are more important than others and must be more easily navigated. Paths to the room exits are more important that an easy pathway to reach the storage cabinet that only needs to be rummaged in occasionally.


Large pieces of furniture make a room look smaller. Did you buy a matching love seat when you purchased your couch because it came as a set or because you need the seating space? A love seat doesn’t have to be in the same room as the couch. If you have another area in the home that could benefit with the addition of the love seat, consider moving it. Two smaller chairs will offer the same amount of seating and make the room look larger.

As far as seating goes, does the furniture in the room address the seating needs of your family?  Unless you entertain regularly, you don’t need to provide more seating in the room in preparation for the unexpected guest. Accommodations can easily be made for the drop in visitor by bringing a chair in from another part of the home.


Does each piece of furniture in the room serve a function, or did you just place it in the room because you thought it was right to do so? Side tables aren’t a required piece of furniture in the living room any more than nightstands are absolutely necessary in the bedroom. Unless a piece of furniture is cherished or serving a specific use, consider finding another place for it.


A room can get a whole new look just by changing the way the eye moves from one area to another. Consider adding height contrasts by rearranging wall hangings. Put large decorative pieces on top of flat surfaces to add height.

Before you act on the ideas you’ve jotted down by inspecting the room and start lugging furniture around your home, remember that function and attractiveness is not the only reward of the decorating project. Your room has to be inviting to you and your family. Keep the items you cherish, no matter if they serve a specific function or not.

Decorating Tips Anyone Can Do

No matter how hectic a single moms life is or how tight the budget, she wants an attractive home that she can relax in to just enjoy her family. When it’s time for a change of décor, there is no reason to spend money that isn’t in the budget. Just a few simple and inexpensive decorating tips can change the ambiance of any room.

One of the cheapest ways to change the look of the room is by giving it a fresh coat of paint. If the whole room doesn’t need painting, don’t bother painting the whole room. The area can be refreshed just by painting one wall. Choose a color that corresponds well with the existing paint. The task is easier if the chosen wall is one without windows and doors, but it doesn’t really make any difference which wall you choose.

Replace the coverings on the electric wall sockets and light switches. Even designer type plates are inexpensive and go a long way in making the room look fresh and up to date.

Let the room be a reflection of the family. It’s not a showroom, after all, but your living space. Bring in baskets from other areas of the house as attractive receptacles for the toys. If you don’t have baskets, you can almost always find them at the thrift shop or a nearby garage sale. While you’re shopping for the baskets, keep you eyes open for other inexpensive items that you can re-purpose as a decorating item for your home.

If your home lacks art for the wall, use the next rainy day to let the kids create some. Single moms are always looking for rainy day activities to keep the kids busy. Pop the masterpieces into some frames and hang them on the wall. You’re now the proud owner of instant art that will not only make the room feel cozy but will surely be noticed by your guests. If the frames are in bad shape, let the kids decorate them with seashells, colored glass or even twigs. If the experiment doesn’t produce the result you were hoping for, they’ll be proud to display them in their own rooms.

Areas under the window are often wasted space. A narrow bookcase, laid on its side will make an attractive storage or display area. Give the bookcase a coat of paint and add wheels or casters to make it easy to move. Staple a piece of cloth to match your accessories to the back of the bookcase.

Drape a favorite old quilt or blanket over the chair or couch for a shabby chic look that will invite your family to relax with a good book. Add some throw pillows in matching colors to bring the whole room together.

A single mom doesn’t have to break the budget to decorate a room. She just has to break out in creativity.