When you look around your home, do you sometimes sigh and wish that you had a huge budget to redecorate? Though you loved all of your décor when you first bought it, it’s all been sitting in the same place for so long that you don’t even really see it anymore. You’re bored with it, and you’d love to do some redecorating, but you simply don't have the budget to do an interior design overhaul on even a single room, let alone the whole house. What can you do?
Get Fancy With Framing
Want to add some creative new artwork to your walls? Head to the nearest thrift store or yard sale, and grab a few cool frames. Some of these will have pictures and paintings in them, but you’re really just looking for frames that you like. When you go thrifting for these, you can usually get them for less than a dollar each.
Once you have a few frames that you like, it’s time to get creative with what you’ll put in them. You can find a lot of beautiful illustrations and photos in old books and magazines, so take a spin through these before you put them in the recycling bin. Then you can just invest in a little bit of matting material or use some poster board as backing, frame your favorite magazine illustrations, and hang them on your walls.
Want to get really creative with your framing project? If you have some leftover fabric from a crafting project, you can frame a section of that and create a fun piece of easy art to mount on a wall or to sit on your mantle or an end table. And the best part of this kind of decorating? You can reuse your frames and change up your wall hangings and conversation pieces whenever you want. You could even press some flowers this spring and frame them next year.
Hang Some Cool Plates on the Wall
And here’s another thrifting idea. When you head to the thrift store or a yard sale, you’ll often find a lot of interesting looking plates and dishes. Choose a color or pattern you like and then grab a few different plates that match or complement it. Take them home and hang them in a cluster on the wall, and you have a piece of DIY art that probably cost you only a few dollars.
Play Musical Chairs With Your Accent Furniture
Look at how you have your ottomans, side chairs, end tables, and other accent furniture placed right now. If you’ve bought these pieces so that they generally match or complement your larger pieces and the rest of your décor, there’s no reason that you can’t change things up by moving them around from one room to another. These pieces are smaller and lighter than your bigger pieces, so moving them around will usually be a one-person job, and you can have a lot of fun redesigning different rooms in your house without actually buying any new furniture.
Wrap Drawer and Cabinet Handles in Ribbon
Want to add a fun and colorful detail to the cabinets and drawers in your kitchen, or bathroom, or on your dresser in your bedroom? Grab some ribbon and wrap the handles. If your cabinets and drawers have knobs, you can tie bows around them in sheer black or white ribbon for a soft and sophisticated look.
Customize Your Lampshades
Ribbons aren’t just good for handles, though. With some ribbon, scissors, and glue you can customize your lampshades to make them work even better with the rest of your décor. Just wrap a fitted length of ribbon around the bottom and top of any lampshade, and glue it in place. It creates a framed effect on the shade that won’t take away from how much light it gives and will give it a more updated look.
Repurpose Empty Jars and Bottles
Take a look through your pantry at the different bottles and jars of food and condiments you have stored there. Whenever you finish one, instead of throwing it out or tossing it in the recycling bin, take some time to clean it out and remove the label. Then remove the top and take a good look at it. Glass bottles and jars are always interesting, especially when you group a few of them in contrasting sizes together. You can even paint them to match or complement a room’s décor, and you can use them as vases or attractive storage solutions, too.
You don’t have to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to redecorate any room in your home. In fact, you really don’t have to spend any money at all. You just need a little bit of creativity and a little bit of time. With these DIY home decorating tips, you should have a good start for your next interior design project. Have fun!
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