Home is the place where you drop your anchor, where you return at the end of the day. Therefore, decorating your own living space is one of the most life-affirming activities there is, in my opinion.
Personalizing your space is of utmost importance in creating a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for both yourself and your guests.
But maybe you’re just a little low on resources right now—what then?
Then nothing! Just because you are on a budget, doesn’t mean you can’t, or won’t, decorate your home to your heart’s desire.
So today, I’m going to give you a few ideas on how to do just that. Keep reading to see how you can transform your home on a budget!
Don’t Throw it Away
You know the old saying—old is gold. You can easily DIY décor pieces from items that previously served a different purpose before, such as old wine bottles, tablecloths, scarves, or bedsheets.
So, whenever you think about throwing something out, first consider whether it can be repurposed. We’ll look at a few such ideas in detail below.
Repurpose Old Liquor Bottles
This is one of the oldest and most trusted tricks in the book because it works! There’s so much you can do with old empty liquor bottles.
The most popular choice is to use the bottles as flower vases. Once you strip away the labeling of the bottle, the translucent sheen of the bare surface automatically makes the bottle look romantic and quaint.
You can use the bare bottle to display fresh flowers (with a little bit of sugar water), or you can customize the bottles with paint. Even better, why not get a string of fairy lights and gather them up inside the bottle for a beautiful DIY glass lamp?
Give Your Door a Paint Job
A door acts as a signifier of centrality no matter which room it’s leading to. They are a big part of how the décor theme of your house is brought together. So if you really wanna make a change, why not consider painting your door(s)?
The best place to start is the front door. If it’s white or beige or another neutral color, why not paint it a radically different color? You don’t have to use vibrant colors if you don’t want, but something like forest green, black, or even midnight blue can bring a huge change.
And remember, it’s just paint! If you don’t like it, you can always change it.
Use String Fairy Lights
This is probably the easiest way of livening up literally any room in the house. Doesn’t matter if it’s your bedroom, dining room, living room, kitchen, or even bathroom.
That’s because the purpose of string lights is to illuminate a space—but when they look so pretty doing it, it won’t matter where you place them. Put them on the walls, arrange them around your mirror, or place them around your bed headboard.
Fairy lights are cheap and widely available, to begin with, but if you wanna go all out, consider buying in bulk online.
Reuse Old Frames
Don’t throw away that old picture frame! Especially if it’s a big one, it’ll work great as a way of livening up your home space, because you can use them for both aesthetic display and functional purposes.
For example, why not have an old frame double as a jewelry display rack? Pick up some metal alloy wiring at a craft store and use it to create a net against the back of the picture frame. Now you can hang up your jewelry on it—not only will it look great, you’ll probably use the jewelry more often.
Hang Up Old Plates
Do you have a few old plates lying around the house that you no longer use because maybe they’re chipped or cracked? Don’t throw them out! Hung up in groups of twos, threes or more (better not to go above 5), plates can double as unexpectedly fresh wall candy.
Arrange them so that they create a sense of fun—take your most dramatic, biggest plate, and put it in the center. Take three or 4 plates of identical sizes and arrange them in a row.
Different colors and patterns of plates will also look great.
Make Use of Mirrors
This is probably the most underrated DIY hack there is. We often underestimate just how much of a difference a large mirror can make inside a room, even though they act as an automatic centerpiece.
Especially if you want to create the illusion of a bigger room, a mirror is a perfect way to do it. Plus, because they reflect light, mirrors can automatically create an uplifting effect inside the room.
Not just that; the framing of the mirror can also bring a big change to the décor theme of a room. You don’t have to shell out and buy an expensive designer mirror; get one with a regular wooden frame, then paint it to your heart’s desire.
DIY Tapestry or Canopy
This is one of the easiest ways of livening up the interior of a bedroom. If you have any old bedsheets or tablecloths lying around that you’re not sure what you should be doing with, why not have them double as a tapestry on your wall?
You can even think about creating a canopy above your bed using old curtain rods or hula hoops. It will require some handyman work, but I can guarantee you’ll have a fun time.
Even if the bedsheet in question has a boring print or shade, you can always tie-dye it; the method is supremely easy.
There’s no reason why only wealthy people should get to decorate their homes. In fact, I can almost guarantee that you’ll have a much more fun time doing it—you’ll know that you were the one to do it.
I hope you are able to create the perfect living space for yourself. Good luck!