7 Cosy and Simple Home Decor Ideas for NZ: Transform Your Home On A Budget

Tired of looking around your home and feeling stuck in a decorating rut? If so, never fear! You don’t need to break the bank to make a stylish change.

RJ Eagar is one of the most trusted home decor shopping sites in New Zealand, and we are your one-stop shop for affordable, stylish updates.

Our interior decorating experts have put together this list of seven  home decor ideas for NZ homes, which includes some simple tips and tricks to transform your home on a budget!
Before we jump into these seven ideas, we took some time to answer a few burning questions that everyone has when it comes to decorating their home.

Quick FAQS on Home Decor – Don’t Skip This

What is home decor? – 9 pieces that will instantly transform your home

Making a house attractive and aesthetically pleasing is known as home decor, which includes physical objects and items, the location of these, and the colour and material of the room.

There is a wide array of styles and options for decor, with an almost infinite possibility of colours, furniture types, and room designs.

If you don’t have a big budget for new furniture, add these decor pieces to instantly level up the look and feel of your home.

What is the new trend in home decor – What’s big in 2024?

2024 promises a dynamic mix of trends, both classic and bold. Bold colour schemes are back in full force – as are luxe living elements!

We’re also seeing,

  • Natural stone surfaces
  • Mixed-metal finishes
  • Statement lighting
  • 60’s and 70’s influences – particularly in furniture design

For materials, go for for cotton, velvet and canvas, as these fabrics continue to be popular this year owing to their minimalistic elegance.

See all our gorgeous throws and blankets here

How do I decorate a new home on a tight budget? – 6 Tips to Get You Started

If you are just moving into your new home, and don’t have much budget for home decor, here are some quick tips to follow:

  1. Plan and prioritize – make a plan to decorate each room, over time and not all at once
  2. Repurpose what you already have
  3. Go green by adding plants – fake or real they both work
  4. Replace old light fixtures
  5. Shop antiques and secondhand sales– check out RJ Eagar’s secondhand store
  6. Have a housewarming registry – send your friends and fam this list of 20 Unique Housewarming Gifts for NZ Homeowners for inspiration!

Right, now that we’ve got the FAQs out of the way, let’s dive into our list of seven home decor ideas for NZ homes….

How To Decorate Your Home On A Low Budget – 7 Simple Tips And Tricks

Decorating your home on a low budget is all about being creative and resourceful. Here are some tips to help you decorate your home without breaking the bank.

1. Flowers, Flowers Everywhere! – Find Another Spot For Your Florals

Vase with beautiful artificial flowers

If you enjoy having fresh flowers in your home, why not spread that joy to other rooms?

Consider adding a different kind of vase to your bedroom or bathroom, like this eye-catching Tortoiseshell Tall Bud Vase.

If caring for real flowers is too much, opt for beautiful artificial flowers that look just as stunning.

Shop Online for Artificial Flowers to suit your house decor!

 2. Add a Mirror

Round Wall Mirror

Hang a beautiful mirror, such as this Bahama Rattan Mirror, over your fireplace or the hallway console table.

Additionally, consider adding a leaning mirror like our Bevelled Dress Mirror to an empty wall in your home. This will not only make your space look great, but it will also make the area appear bigger and brighter.

Choose from our wide variety of Decorative Wall Mirrors to brighten up your living space!

3. Create a cosy reading nook

Cosy reading corner to relax at home

If your home doesn’t have any space to spare for a dedicated reading corner, you can still create a comfortable and inviting spot to relax and read in your living room.

Select an affordable occasional/accent chair with a combination of elegant and inviting fabrics and shapes, and add some snuggly cushions and throws for a warm and inviting atmosphere.

View Collection of Colourful Cushions

  • black swamn cushions

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What’s an accent chair? Check out this Quick Guide On How to Style An Accent Chair For A Living Room

4. Re-Decorate a Bookshelf

Book shelf home decor

Bookshelves can be a great addition to your home decor, as they not only serve a functional purpose of storing and organising your books, but can also be a stylish statement piece.

Make your bookshelf or shelving unit more attractive by adding books that you love, along with decorative items such as bookends, vases and sculptures.

Additionally, you can arrange your books according to colour for an aesthetically pleasing look. Not only will the shelves look better, but the bright colours of your books will be even more visible.

A bookshelf can be a versatile and stylish addition to any home decor, so get creative and have fun with it!

View our wide range of products online for bookshelf decor!

5. Bring in Cosy Textiles

Colourful throws for home furniture

Adding eye-catching fabrics can give a space a unique flair. Adding a throw blanket like this coffee/mocha mohair blend throw to a bed or couch is a simple alteration that can make a big impact.

It’s also a great opportunity to try out different colours and patterns before fully incorporating them into a design.

See our gorgeous range of throws and blankets online.

Colourful rugs are also a good way to add a bit of warmth and personality to an otherwise boring room. 

Pick a rug that’s bold, with plenty of colour and abstract patterns like this Primera Cosmo Floor Rug.

Colourful rug

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6. Use Artwork To Bring Your Walls To Life

Wall Artwork

Bring boldness to your walls with a piece of artwork that stands out.

Select photography with a large presence or something abstract with bright colours to make a powerful impression.

Top Artwork and Wall Paintings

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You can add artwork to various parts of your home to create cheerful house decor, some of the ideas to add artwork are:

  • over the bed
  • over the sofa
  • above hallway console table
  • above fireplace
  • and on your shelves.

See inspiration for adding flower arrangement artwork in the hallway!

Flower Wall Artwork
Flower Wall Decor

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7. Illuminate your home with statement candles and candlesticks

Candle and candlesticks

One of the simplest ways to add warmth and light to any room is with candles. Incorporating candles into your home decor is an easy way to add warmth and ambiance to any living room – small or big. With these ideas, you can create a cosy and inviting space that you’ll love spending time in.

Whether you prefer classic pillar candles or trendy scented varieties, there are plenty of options for adding ambience and style.

Candles and candleholders also come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s easy to find something that will work with your decor. 

You can go for a rustic look with this Antler Candle Holder or choose a cute and whimsical option like this mint-coloured house candle holder.

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What was your favourite tip on how to style a living room? Let us know in the comments! Read our latest decorating trends here, or head over to our online home decor shop to browse our range of decor and accessories.

Happy styling!