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Four Affordable Ways to Update Your Home for the Holidays

Nov 25, 2021

A living room decorated for Christmas with a tree, lights, and presents

If you’re the kind of person who likes to switch up your home’s decor during the holiday season, then you know the challenges. Decorating for the holidays can get very expensive, very quickly. In fact, for many of us (no shame here!) it can become something of an obsession — and we quickly find ourselves falling down a mistletoe-lined rabbit hole. The simple truth is, the world has a virtually infinite amount of holiday decorations — and the price tags add up quickly.

Don’t fret! We’ve got some handy tips to keep your holiday decorating habit under budget — so you’ll have more money to spend on family, friends and feasts. There are plenty of simple and inexpensive ways you can switch up the look of your environment without spending a fortune. The holidays tend to be a time when we most often see people looking to make small enhancements in their homes to welcome in guests. But, truth be told, many of these tips will work for any time of the year. Read on to learn how to refresh your space without breaking your budget.

Rearrange Your Furniture

Here’s the most inexpensive tip of all — this one won’t cost you a dime! Rearranging your furniture provides an inexpensive way to make your space feel new, without actually adding anything new at all. Moving furniture pieces around allows you to reimagine the space and change things up, making a room feel brand new. You’d be surprised how reconfiguring your couch, chairs and tables in different ways can give off the impression of a completely redecorated space.

We recommend starting with this step, as the “new room” will provide a fresh palette for your holiday decorations. And a newly rearranged room will likely bring more attention and more “wows” from guests than any decoration ever would.


A fresh new paint job offers a great way to make a room feel brand new. First, there’s the idea of repainting your walls. This is a big job, sure — but you might have been considering repainting anyway, and the holidays could provide the perfect impetus to get you going.

If repainting your walls is more work than you bargained for, consider applying paint to furniture or other decor. Almost any piece can instantly become “holiday-themed” if you paint it in fun, holiday-inspired colors. Think silvers, golds, deep greens and ruby reds — a festival of colors to brighten your home for the holidays. The greatest savings come when you paint pieces you already own, but you can also consider painting new pieces. Consider visiting local garage sales or resale shops, keeping an eye out for that perfect table or mirror that you can repaint and revitalize for the holiday season.

Pillows and Throws

We think it’s a good idea to occasionally swap out your throws and pillows year-round, and the holidays provide that added incentive. Retailers release lots of fun Christmas and holiday-inspired patterns every year, often at extremely affordable prices, making it easy to make seasonal swaps and additions. Replacing light, fresh summer pillows and throws with heavier textures and darker colors can get your space ready for the holidays in no time. You’ll be amazed at how quickly a sofa or armchair can feel ready for the holidays with these simple additions.

Make Small Adjustments Throughout

Making big moves — like painting or rearranging furniture — can go a long way toward creating a festive atmosphere. But the true secret to sprucing up your space for the holidays is in the details. It’s all about fitting in little holiday-inspired elements, here and there, that make your space feel more seasonal. Get creative with the elements that you can replace.

What about transforming your bathroom, updating the bedside lampshades, beautifying your entryway, replacing the artwork over the desk with a wintery scene or switching out that area rug with a fun holiday design? Allow your guests to be surprised by your cleverness and thoroughness! Often, a forgotten or forlorn holiday decoration found at a consignment shop can prove an inspired choice — and for a very low cost — if you can think of the right application for it.

Furnish with Acima

The holidays are a great time to shop for furniture and decor pieces to brighten up your home for the season — especially because so many retailers offer seasonal holiday discounts. Make use of Acima’s lease-to-own alternative to financing, and shop all things home furniture — without using credit!* Updating your home for the holiday season has never been more fun or affordable than it is with Acima leasing.