The following is a guest post from Emmalee Smith from DIYMother.
Whether it’s reupholstering furniture or simply adding some accent pillows, it adds up pretty fast. However, there are some things you can do to spruce up your home without breaking the bank. By adding some extra touches and even adding some new DIY items to your home, you can change the look and feel of an entire room. These are some simple, cheap ways you can spruce up your home.
Add Some Indoor Plants
Adding some plants can help make a room feel airy and lively. Besides simply bringing in some potted plants, there are a few other ways you can bring plants indoors. You can create your own vertical garden to hang on an inside wall. Vertical gardens can do more than just add to a space, but can also help bring in some flavor to your kitchen when you plant different spices and seasonings. Creating a vertical garden is a lot easier than it seems, and a lot cheaper than buying a pre-made one. Start by building a small box, than add some potting soil and cover it with lattice or chicken wire. You can then plant things like herbs, spices, or succulents then hang it on a wall inside. Another option is to build a litter terrarium. Terrariums are great ways to bring in some greenery and plant life, with out taking up a lot of room. There are all types of dishes and vases that you can use for a terrarium so you can set it on a side table, hang it on a wall, or even set it on a self in your bookcase.
Add New Switch Plates
This may not seem like something that would make an impact on the overall look of a room, but it can really change a space. You can find lots of different decorated faceplates for your switches and electrical outlets. With these switch plates you can add splashes of color to your rooms, stay within a certain theme, or find the perfect finishing touch for your home. If you have kids, you can also find light switches that will work perfectly in their themed room. You can also make your own decorated faceplates with some stencils and paint. If you are feeling really crafty, you can make your own moving light switch.
Scent It Up
While adding different smells to your home may not help with the decor, it can help with the overall feel. In the winter you can also throw in some dried orange peels to your fireplace to have a nice sent to compliment the warm fire. You can also boil a few orange peels, apple peels, cinnamon sticks, and whole cloves to add some spice to the air. However, if you want to remove odors throughout your home, or just have your favorite scent throughout your home without having to buy expensive candles. You can use your own air filters and dryer sheets. Simply pin the dryer sheet to your air filter and as warm air passes through it, it will release the scent of the dryer sheet. You can also spray a cotton washcloth with different oils and pin it to your filter to freshen your whole home.
Add Some Accents to Your Walls
A big trend now is to hang a collage of empty decorative frames on a wall. This will liven up the space, add some texture, and can even add some pops of color. Another option is to add wall stickers or decals. These come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors making it great to add small accents or a new focal point to an empty wall. There are also tons of designs made specifically for kids so you can quickly and easily decorate their rooms. They have decals in many different designs; even have some that have sayings that would go great in a kitchen or in a bathroom.
Use a Floor Rug
Sometimes the best idea is right under your nose. Changing or adding a new rug can change the feel of a room instantly. You can add a rug from another room in the house, buy a cheap rug, or even make your own rug. There are tons of tutorials online for how you can make your own rug out of a variety of different things, like old shirts or blankets. If you already have a rug, you can always stencil on a new pattern using acrylic paint to give your room an entirely new look. You can also turn things like your old tablecloth into an area rug by coating it with water based, polyurethane floor finish.
These are just a few ways that you can breathe new life into your space without spending a lot of money. If there is something you want to do to your home to spruce it up, but think it is too expensive, do some research to see if there are DIY projects or advice to help you liven up your home while keeping some cash.
Emmalee Smith graduated from The University of Texas with a degree in interior designs. After working as an interior designer, she decided to start helping others with their projects by writing for DIYMother.wordpress.com. She likes to teach simple DIY projects and tips for decorating. Emmalee enjoys photography and learning about the latest trends in home renovations and design.