Low Cost Decorating Ideas

With a new year comes new year’s resolutions and invariably one of them is to re-look at the interior of your home. Problem is that money is always tight at the beginning of the year so how can you change the look of your home by not getting further into debt? Here are some low cost decorating ideas that will not only change the look of your home, but you will still be able to buy groceries at the end of the month!

Take a look at our easy low cost decorating ideas

  • Canvas the Area – Hang canvases painted with interior latex paint to brighten blank walls. Think big: the canvases should fill the wall.
  • Create a Side Table – Stack modular storage units to make a stepped side table with surfaces for displays and lighting. Create miniature still lifes in the cubbies, or stack reading material that you’re going to get to…someday.
  • Hang Plates – Plates in unexpected colors make a fresh wall arrangement. Vary hues (within a family), sizes and textures. Put the most dramatic plate towards the center (lay out the plates first to experiment); attach wire plate hangers and hang plates on picture nails.
  • Lighten Up With Wicker – Inexpensive wicker that looks as if it belongs outdoors changes the mood of any room. Put chairs in a sunny corner of their own or mix them with your upholstered pieces.
  • Make Your Own Art – Even photocopied art looks sophisticated when it floats between two pieces of glass in frames. The wall color shows through the glass, creating the illusion of a custom mat.
  • Go Natural – Use shells and other beach bounty to warm up a kitchen, an entryway, or a stairwell by creating a rustic, relaxed display.
  • Think Visually – Add interest to a store-bought lamp shade with the help of ribbon, glue, and an eye chart. (Print one and have it enlarged at a copy center.)
  • Hang a Gallery of Photos – Mine your albums for your best shots (pick a theme: weddings, birthday parties, vacations) and put them in identical frames. Hang in a tight grid or a long line—you can’t go wrong if you stick to a geometric arrangement.
  • Reflect Your Style – Define a space (for example a foyer) with a mirror that adds both drama and light. You need not buy one, source one from a second hand shop and spruce up the frame with paint.
  • Bring in Shades of Colours – Coloured lamp shades can make a bold statement. Limit the colours to one per room, and select other lamp shades in neutral tones, such as parchment and white.
  • Stack Your Books – Piled books draw the eye. If shelves aren’t high enough or deep enough to accommodate oversize books, stack them on a flat surface, such as a bench or an end table.
  • Cluster Candles – Candles look best when massed, particularly on a spacious surface, like a coffee table. The larger the surface, the larger the candles should be. Group four or five pillars of different heights (same color) in glass containers.
  • Mix Patterns – No matter the season, your bedroom will look like spring year-round with floral sheets or pillowcases paired with crisp white linens. Pick patterns with white backgrounds to keep florals harmonious. Drape bedside tables with vintage floral tablecloths or white matelassé runners.
  • Bring the Outdoors In – Lend an entryway an earthy vibe with a coatrack made from found materials. Using polyurethane-based glue, attach a stone to the end of a wooden drawer knob, then screw each knob into a plank of wood.
  • Repurpose Furniture – Rickety seating can be given a second life as a bedside table. If there’s a hole in the caning, place a tray on the chair to hold an alarm clock, a reading lamp, etc.
  • Pump Up the Colour – Perk up a dull room with vibrant hits of a colour like green. Though this space is accessorized generously with the shade (starting with the big burst in the rug), even something as subtle as green blossoms can add pop.
  • Showcase a Collection – In the months when your fireplace goes unlit, use it to display a collection of vases or other objects. Gather similar pieces, staying in a simple palette, in a variety of heights and shapes.

These low cost decorating ideas will have your home looking like new in no time and you won’t have to get into mounds of debt!

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