By Gidget Yappy
The desire to live in a beautiful home with beautiful décor is nearly universal, but attractive interior design often comes at a high cost. So, how can our desires be reconciled with our limited budgets? It’s easy! Get accustomed to shopping at thrift stores for hidden gems at great prices. Here are some of the common but spectacular finds to be had at thrift stores that can revitalize your home’s interior design without breaking the bank!
Prints of Flowers
Flower prints are bright and pretty. They are not expensive to buy and are rather easy to make. It’s easy to change the flower prints all the time, to keep updating the look. It’s a simple way to freshen up the décor by season.
Collect Glass: Colored, Depression, and Carnival
Glass items look gorgeous in a home, as the many glass collectors out there already know. There are three main types of glass to collect, and they are depression, carnival, and colored glass. Colored glass comes in many hues. Great Depression-era glass is machine-created glass. Carnival glass has a metallic shine.
Blue and White China
Blue and white china is the type favored by many grandmothers. It remains charming, whether for display or for everyday use. It’s readily available in secondhand shops. It’s inexpensive and durable.
Frame Special Lace Pictures
For those with any special lace in the home, it’s valuable to know that lace looks very attractive in a frame. Merely take a simple frame and insert any lace that’s around the house already. It looks delicate in a dining room and protects the lovely lace at the same time.
Display China with Family Photographs
Sometimes, an elegant effect may be achieved with a combination of items. Certain things achieve enhanced appeal through being paired with a related item. One such idea is to display china with family photographs. When china and family photographs are displayed together, they enhance each other.
Put Black & White Photos on a Room Divider
A room divider is a good item to purchase to ensure privacy. However, sometimes they can appear plain or as if they are just chopping up a room. One way around this is to put black and white photos on the room divider. This decorates the room divider and makes an interesting conversation piece all at once.
Use Shadow Boxes for Photos and Collectibles
Shadow boxes are one of the most appealing ways to display photos and collectibles. Three-dimensional items may be placed in there alongside photos. It creates a very interesting visual effect. Also, you can create memory boxes for special times from the past.
Combine Quilts and Photographs
Are there unused quilts lying around the house? These may be displayed together with photographs. If the quilt isn’t in use but is being hung on the wall, then simply pin photographs to it.
Gold-Framed Black & White Photos
Every person has some photos that are special to him or her. If there are some striking black and white photos, it’s a good idea to frame them in gold frames. The gold frame sets off the black and white of the photo and makes them look even more special. They will achieve an old-world look that’s married to a high polished elegance.
Shakers pegs are useful items to have. Anything that’s decorative may hang on a shakers peg. Some ideas of what to hang include dried flowers or umbrellas. Also distinctive is photos hanging from ribbons or hat collections.
Quilts as Tablecloths
A family quilt is a unique accessory to have. People have a tendency to forget that quilts have many uses. In addition to bed coverings and wall hangings, quilts can be used as tablecloths. A handmade quilt can make a table look very special.
Guitars as Decorations
Instruments can be powerful home and décor accessories. Guitars that are arranged as leaning in a corner provide a touch of interest to a room. Guitars may also be hung on the wall for a splendid effect, Learn to play the instrument to make it functional as well as decorative.
Use Umbrellas as Decoration
Umbrellas are a whimsical item that can enhance a room. The main problem with using them is that an opened umbrella takes up a great deal of space. Some people have achieved a stunning effect by hanging umbrellas from a roof. Umbrellas are also good party décor.
Arrange Clear Glass Bottles in the Pantry
A pantry does not have to look disorganized and messy. It can be embarrassing when the pantry door is ajar and everything is just thrown around haphazardly in there. Using clear glass bottles in the pantry solves this problem. It causes everything in the pantry to look tidy and visually interesting.
These examples are some of the ways that home and décor can be inexpensive but still look professional. Display china and use shadow boxes. Mix quilts with lovely photographs and use black and white photos. These simple additions can make your home and décor achieve a successful interior design and become a source of pride.
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