Feeling like our homes are “ours” is super important, but not all of us have the money to decorate our houses and apartments like the perfectly designed spaces we see in catalogues. It’s why knowing some solid DIY home decor tricks are key for those of us living on limited budgets who still want to totally love our home decorating.
In an article for Health, Feng Shui expert and author Jamie Barrett said that your home furnishings can definitely affect your personal energy. A room’s design and decor can make you feel drained or frazzled, or conversely, can help you feel calm or cheerful. So as frivolous as it may seem, home decorating is actually kind of important.
My own bedroom was initially pretty small and simple, but as soon as I reorganized some of the furniture, painted the walls a calming lilac, and added a few easy DIY wall decorations, it became a cozy safe haven where I literally love spending time. Not only that, but my roommate’s mom is kind of a DIY maven, and a single weekend visit transformed our common space from dull and barren to completely homey in a matter of hours — and none of the changes were too hard on our wallets; so I’m a firm believer in cheap and creative solutions to decorating dilemmas.
If you’re moving into a new space and are looking for some cool decorating tips, or are just on the hunt for some ways to accent the space you already have, here are nine super creative home decorating ideas that should definitely help inspire you.
1. Create A Gallery Wall With Cheap Frames
Home decor author and blogger Laura Putnam recommended using your wall space, or “gallery walls” in a piece on her site about simple ways to decorate your home. “Gallery walls have become very popular over the last few years. The great thing about them is that pretty much every single one of them is different,” Putnam said. Just gather picture frames in various shapes and sizes and arrange art and personal photos on one central wall space. And don’t be afraid to paint your frames if you want them to match.
2. Use Mirrors
In a piece for Real Simple, interior designer Michael Garvey recommended using mirrors as an incredibly simple decorating tool. He suggested putting a small table up against a mirror, and then placing a plant with big branches or flowers on the table on the mirror side. This will instantly make the plant look twice as large and will also help open up a small room by creating the illusion of a larger space.
3. Stick-On Wall Paper For A Super Cool Accent Wall
Stick-on wall paper is an amazingly cheap alternative to traditional wall paper and gives you a ton more pattern variety than simply painting. You can find stick-on wallpaper in retro florals, faux hard wood, or even brick.
4. Candle It Up
Candles are another amazingly cheap and easy way to add a personal and cozy decorating touch. Place a candle in an old mason jar for a rustic look, or put them up against a few small mirrors for an amplified glow.
READ MORE HERE