As we head full on into summer, you may be considering taking time off work to redecorate your home. However, if your budget is not as big as you would like and you do not feel particularly adept at decorating and DIY in general, then this is the post for you. Below you will find some easy and reasonably inexpensive decorating hacks that will make you feel great about injecting a new lease of life into your home.
The best way to start any decorating project is to have a good rummage through the things in that particular room and get rid of anything that has seen better days. If there is some furniture or accessories that are in good condition but have been in the same room since you moved in, it may be worth either repainting them or moving them into a different room, or completely repurposing them. For instance, an old vase that you loved looking at on your bookshelf or fireplace, might make a different room feel fresher.
Consider All the Senses When Decorating
Although it is tempting to just concern yourself with what appeals to your eyes, particularly when it comes to choosing wallpaper and paints; you should consider all your senses. Adding texture to walls and furniture can make a room come alive a bit more and in your living room for instance, it can often be nice to have a fountain on a bookshelf or some wood chimes to add a bit of magical sound. The simplest way to arouse your sense of smell would be to have scented candles or a bowl of potpourri obviously.
Put Bookcases to Good Use
If you don’t want to spend too much time or money hanging wallpaper in each and every room throughout your house, there is a simple solution. You could remove the backing of that plain bookcase and cover it in some nice and elegantly patterned wallpaper. By doing that you will add a splash of colour and design to the room that people will notice in the corner of their eyes.
Is it a Mural or Wallpaper?
As we are discussing wallpapers, it seems appropriate to mention Pick A Wall, an Australian company that specialise in truly unique and exquisite customised wall paper. Similar to wall decals, the mural wallpaper they sell can have any image from their catalogue of 80 pictures, or one of your own and are easy to apply, remove and reapply. This is great if you hate the thought of the wallpaper paste and table.
Create a Stunning Runner
We have already spoken about repurposing things and using them in different rooms, but this tip takes that idea one step further. Do you have a collection of old, tired looking rag rugs that are taking up space in a cupboard and collecting dust? If so, you could put them to good use by sewing them together to create a custom runner as a focal point for your hallway or living room. If you do not feel confident sewing them together yourself, you could ask a friend or relative or even contact your local dry cleaner or upholsterer to ask if they will do it for you.