- Home Decorating
8 Quick Practically No-Cost DIY Home Decor Changes
Decorating doesn't have to cost much or be labor-intensive. You can use leftover paint, scrap fabric or even a placemat to create a quick change! Be inspired by the seasons and use lighter colors and breezy fabric during warm weather and darker textured fabrics to feel cozy during cold winter months. Even swapping pictures from one room to another can make things feel brand new. Listed below are eight quick pick-me-ups that anyone can do!
1. Transform a Pillow From Tired and Frumpy to Boho Chic
Use a scarf to tie around a pillow to give it a new look! You can use a scarf you already have, purchase one, or use one that was a favorite of your mother or grandmother as a sweet memory piece. There is no limit to the looks you can create. You can change daily with your mood!
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2. Layer Metallic Paints for a Creative Faux Finish
You don't have to be an artist to create a new look with paint. Using basic acrylic paints, this wall emblem was transformed from an ugly yellow to a beautiful faux metal effect. Use a sponge or cloth and dab or rub different colors until you get the look you like. Let the paint dry in between colors. It's best to apply the paint lightly and work in layers, building the colors as you go. There is no right or wrong, and if you don't like the effect you can just start over or go with a more suitable solid color that will match your decor.
3. Use Place Mats or Serving Platters to Create Simple Wall Art
Placemats are not just for the kitchen! This trio of woven platters groups nicely to fill an odd space above the TV. And if you need to, you can still pull them off the wall and use at dinner time! Groups of three always work well when decorating. Sew a loop of thread to the back or weave through the fibers and hang by a small nail or even a thumb tack. You can use store-bought fabric mats or stylish platters like shown here, or you can make your own.
4. Paint a Chair an Unexpected Color
There are no rules when it comes to your imagination. Used in small doses, vibrant colors can add charm and playfulness to an area. Use your new chair inside or out! You could even cut a hole in the center of this seat and drop in a planter with delightful flowers!
5. Frame a Picture from a Magazine or Calendar for a Stunning Effect
Can't find a picture you like for your space? Create your own by using photos you find in everyday places like magazines or books. Making the mat large in comparison to the size of the photo will add impact. And you don't have to have an "official" mat. This one was made with white poster board in front of the photo and black construction paper behind the photo. Pop it all in an inexpensive poster frame and you're ready to go! You can also use sheet music, wrapping paper, or a section of wallpaper.
6. Hang a Tapestry or Rug on the Wall
You don't have to be limited to pictures on your walls. An Indian rug, a Mexican serape, or African kente cloth can be hung on the wall as the beautiful artwork that it is. If the item is lightweight you can use clip-on rings found in the drapery area of your local fabric or big box store to hang it from an inexpensive curtain rod mounted to the wall.
7. Rearrange Furniture
This is really a no cost change! Sometimes all you need to do to improve the appearance in a room is to shift some pieces of furniture around. It may be something as simple as moving a lamp to another table or putting the couch on an angle or placing an accent table between two chairs. You can use a design app like the picture shown below for major changes, or just grab furniture and start moving! Remember the flow of traffic and balancing large items so one side of the room does not feel "heavy". Give it a try! If you don't like it you can always slide things back the way they were.
8. Paint your front door an inviting color
The first place that people see when entering your home is oftentimes the last place you think about for a change. People usually don't give much thought to the appearance of their front door, but it is an important component of the front of your house and the overall curb appeal. Choose a subtle contrasting color or go for a vibrant splash like the red or blue shown below. Don't forget to add some planters by the door for more interest and to give your home a welcoming feel!