As we head towards Christmas and New Year time, you may be starting to feel the urge to give your home a bit of a makeover to start off 2015 properly. However, as motivated as you are to do the work, you may not have the budget you would like or need. Is that really true though? We would disagree and we think you will too after reading our post below, full of easy and cost-effective decorating hacks and tips.
Have A Clear Out
Before you begin deciding on paint colours and wallpaper patterns, the very first thing you should do is have a good look at everything that is in each room you intend to decorate and see if there is anything you can get rid of. Even if there are some things you don’t want to throw away or sell, you could move them from that particular room and use them in a different one and just by having a good clear out and switch around you will be surprised at how different the room already looks. Check out this great post for more tips for clearing out your home.
Decorate With Your 5 Senses
It can be tempting to just concentrate on appealing to the eyes and your sense of sight when decorating. However, it is important that you give proper consideration to the other senses as well. You can add a bit of texture to the walls to give the impression that your home is a living thing, while adding some wood chimes or something similar will appeal to your ears and hearing. You can also add some bowls of potpourri and scented candles to arouse your sense of smell.
Creatively Use Bookcases
It can be a pain to hang wallpaper in every single room in your home. There are ways you can avoid having to hang paper on every wall though. If you have a bookcase in your lounge for instance, you could remove the backing and cover it with nice and pretty wallpaper. That way, for less money and effort there will be a splash of design and colour in your room that will catch people’s eyes.
No Ordinary Wallpaper
On the subject of wallpapers, if you are looking for something a bit different from the norm, why not take a look at the Australian company Pick A Wall, collection of customisable and trendy wallpaper. Their wallpaper is very similar to wall decals and you can choose images from a range of 80 pictures or upload your own photographs. The really great thing about them though is that because they have been designed like wall decals they are far easier to apply to a wall than ordinary wallpaper.
Make a Homemade Runner Using Rags – Create a Stunning Runner
In a similar way to clearing out and repurposing things you no longer want in particular rooms, this tip involves making use of old rugs you have stored away doing nothing more than collecting dust. Wash any rugs you have and then sew them together to make a long, stylish and very unique runner for your hallway. It doesn’t even matter if you don’t consider sewing to be your forte as your local upholsterer or dry cleaners will likely sew them together for you for a small fee. Take a look at this page for more ideas for repurposing old stuff.