Redecorating your home can be costly. But if you’re willing to put in the time to do it yourself, you can save a bundle. To get you started, here are six DIY decorating ideas that will put a smile on your face and keep more quid in your pocket.
1. Wall Art
Give your home a gallery-fresh look with art you’ve made yourself. There are innumerable ways to create something original and exciting with inexpensive materials like paper, found objects, flowers and more. If you need ideas, here are a few from the crafty folks at BHG.com.
2. Home Accents
Spruce up your space by creating one-of-a-kind home accents like decorative vases that you can enhance with paint, mirrors that you can reframe to suit your style, and repurposed products that you can turn into something new with a little creativity.
Painting is a tedious task, but when it’s done you’ll have the satisfaction of doing it yourself and saving money. First, choose a fresh colour to give your room a makeover. I tend to like bright colors that give my space energy and life, but the perfect colour is always a personal preference. Before you start painting, decide if you’d like an accent wall — that is, one that you’d paint a different colour than the rest of the room — or if you’d like to make a design on the wall. To make a cool design, all you’ll need is strategically placed painters’ tape. Here’s an example of what you can do with the tape and paint. Your design doesn’t have to be so intricate, but any design you make will instantly give that room an interesting new look.
4. Furniture Makeovers
Turn your old trash into a new treasure by rehabbing an old piece of furniture. Perhaps you have one in your home already, but if not, you can pick up a new piece at a neighbourhood sale or thrift shop. You can repaint the wood or metal, of course, and you can reupholster fabric portions with an exciting fabric from the craft store that coordinates with your style.
5. Lighting Ideas
Some of these DIY lighting ideas from Apartment Therapy are extravagant, but they just go to show what you can do with time, effort and a bright idea. If you’re looking for a project that’s a bit easier, perhaps one of these cool lamps is up your alley.
6. Yard Enhancements
If you have a backyard or any green living space, there’s no need to hire a contractor to enhance it. Plant a few nice flowerbeds around the yard and add homemade furniture to the patio so you, your family and friends can enjoy more time together outdoors. Here are some tips from Fine Woodworking on how to make patio furniture that will impress all of your guests.