A DIY project is a great way to give your home a minor makeover without burning a hole in your pocket. If you are looking to make some changes to your existing decor but are not keen on a full-fledged renovation, here are some DIY ideas that you can use.
Do your walls look plain and boring? Do it up with some tasteful art. You can hang up frames of your holiday pictures or some art portraits that you have tucked away in the attic. Make your own art if you please. Framed fabrics seem to be a popular idea in contemporary homes, they are easy to make and add a stylish appeal to your room.
Take a fabric of any color or print that you would want to adorn your walls, and place it on a flat surface. Then place a canvas over it. You want the fabric to be at least 6-inches longer than the frame, so it can be secured in place. Staple the cloth to the frame on each side, by holding the fabric taut. Hang up the frame on the wall, and you are good to go. Abstract or non-symmetric prints look good, as do fabrics in linen or cotton.
If you want to revamp your sofa but are not keen on spending on a re-upholstering project, then you can add a new slipcover on it. There are many pre-made slipcovers that are available in the market. Just make sure that the slipcover sits and fits right, you do not want it to slide out. You can make sure that the fabric is secured tight in the couch corners, and use non-slip padding on the cushions.
Paint and paper
Spruce up your solid-colored furniture with some paint and paper. For example, you can do up your dining chairs with patterned paper so it catches the eye. Flowers, abstract shapes, stripes, and so on, there are many pattern styles that you can play around with, to have it sit in perfect harmony with the existing room decor. Remove the top layer finish in the furniture with the help of sandpaper, and wipe it clean. Create patterns that you want on the furniture with painter’s tape, and then paint a coat. Once it dries, add another coat. You can use wrapping paper to cut out other patterns to go up on the furniture, securing it in place with decoupage glue.
Once you’ve managed changing your walls, you may wish to change your window treatments. Roman shades are an excellent choice as they are rather simple to make (which would leave you only the cost of the fabric and supplies) but they are not the only option. I would recommend some sort of curtains as a form of window treatment as they are much more personal than the typical mini blinds found in so many homes today. Curtains or Roman shades can be purchased to match the colors on your walls and should not be a terribly expensive investment.
Lamps can be a great addition to any living space. Ornate-patterned lamps look lovely even when they are not lit. You can suspend tinted glass lamps from the ceiling to give your room a tasteful touch. Just do not overdo the lights, you want to create a tasteful ambience, not one that is festive. Solar energy-powered lights are a good option for your outdoor area, as they are eco-friendly and keep your energy bills low.
What is a patio or balcony without some plants? Hang plants on the patio walls or place them on the ledge so it becomes an extension of the garden. You can even suspend potted plants in your balcony in case you are working with limited floor space in your balcony. Rotate the potted plants that you have in the balcony with those indoors, to change its appearance every once in a while. Choose potted plants of different sizes, and colors that match with your existing patio decor so it sits in perfect harmony. Do not be afraid to pick up unused metal washtubs and wooden crates to hold your plants.
Artwork, candles, vases, and floral arrangements can be purchased one piece at a time in order to give the room a more polished look. Once you’ve decorated one room in your home with these budget tips in mind you can move on to other rooms in your home and incorporate the same ideals as you go. Remember that decorating your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune but it will require some patience and planning on your part. With this in mind, there should be nothing to stop you from heading out today and getting to work on your new home decorating plans.