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7 Ways to Decorate with Things You Already Have

7 Ways to Decorate with Things You Already Have

I am not a decorator. Not even close. And while my home is lovely, I know it will never appear in House Beautiful or Better Homes & Gardens. And the thing is, I am totally okay with that. My goal is not to win any decorating awards, but to have a comfortable place that I like. For me, that means an area that is organized, tidy, and reflects my family's interests.

From time to time, this itch arises, and I tend to get a little interested in doing a little interior decorating. Be it images from Pinterest, a pictorial in a magazine, or a memory from the last trip to a visit to a friend's home, I suspect that it's a result of the coronavirus situation we are currently facing. In light of my experiences, I can see that change and aesthetics are necessary to maintain our urge and inspiration, so I am always searching for new, interesting, and inexpensive ways to give my d├ęcor a breath of fresh air, without leaving the house.

Anyone who has considered a remodel knows that actual, serious, redecorating can be an intense project, not just because of the investor's schedule, but the costs to your cash flow as well. 

The process of planning a new interior design can wreak havoc on the finances and your sanity! But sometimes we need to get a small refresher for our home space. Rather than going to the pricey Pottery Barn or IKEA (which we can't do right now), there are simple ways that anyone can benefit from a new look, even on a tight budget.

Here are 7 Ways to Decorate with Things You Already Have

1. Rearrange

One really simple, inexpensive thing to do is rearrange the furniture inside your home. Try moving a bed, separating the sectional, or changing the end table to a different side of the chair.

Ask for aid from a colleague or patient friend, and consider whether changing things up will help you. If you're particular about a process, try utilizing a measuring tape and sketch out your master plan beforehand. If moving large objects is involved, remember to keep artwork, wall hangings and lighting in their proper spots.

Arranging your furniture can be a simple job or a prolonged undertaking. If you're looking to make your case for a particular arrangement, or you cannot do without any of the furniture in the room, try rearranging the items as much as you can. Move the accessories into the living area or move a lamp from the bedroom to an area in your office.

2. Apply a Fresh Coat

If you don't have any paint lying around but you are looking for new paint, why don't you pick up something that you don't mind refinishing? Sand it down, apply a coat of paint, and suddenly you have changed the appearance. Try to look for something at a thrift store, flea market, or garage sale. Paint bookcases, tables, or planters. Bookshelves will really stand out once they have an updated color in the back.

Many shops offer small-sized sample paint containers that have enough paint to cover a tiny area. Spray paint can work wonderfully and can really add a lot of oomph for just a few dollars.

If you have a box full of outdated knickknacks, you will be amazed what a coat of white paint can do. Cover picture frames and a few vases or flowerpots with a glossy white paint and all of a sudden you have a collection of chic porcelain accessories that appear dazzling and uniform on a shelf. Try black, red, or any other color.

Iron-on decals and other canvas-like fabrics are receptive to latex paint. Rugs and pillows (although not as well) can be efficiently covered. An old standby known as Rit Dye can be used to dye washable fabrics, such as blankets, curtains, and throw blankets. Read the instructions before using the item and test the dye initial. Mistakes can occur, but happy occurrences can also happen.

3. Add Accent Colors for POP!

A room characterized by a contrasting color, whether it is red, orange, or rosy and happy, can liven up engaging decorations. Add red ribbons as tiebacks on blue curtains or attach them to a white lampshade to give it more character.

If you're unsure about which colors go with your old color scheme, visit a fabric store to look for swatches with the main colors of your decor, plus an accent. Check remnants for cost savings, sometimes even including free shipping. Depending on your particular tastes, covering a few throw pillows may provide an easy look. If you can t sew, try covering a dining chair seat. No matter how much stretching and stapling you do, an instant room makeover is bound to occur with minimal trouble.

Also look for subtle shades that are already in the room, such as a hint of gold in an accent rug, or a little bit of blue in a piece of artwork. Once you have found a shade that speaks to you, experiment with it here and there, and watch as it brings the room to life.

When in doubt, metal can definitely make a big statement plus, it goes well with nearly everything. Chrome paint, silver trim, or brass accents can be attained with a little paint. New vintage style drawer pulls or handles can be purchased from home improvement stores or closeouts, adding a big bang for your buck.

4. Get Artsy with Decoupage

The simple ideas of decoupage can lend themselves to famous possibilities when used on merchandise. It's an inexpensive option, available at large online retailers, and only takes a few minutes to finish. Simply follow the instructions and follow the product's guide to finish.

You can put transparent bottles (reusable candle jars) behind tissue paper and decoupage medium for an unbelievably beautiful and glass-like effect. Use stickers, paper, or origami papers in attractive designs to cover aluminum cans and turn them into terrariums or herb planters in a kitchen window, or cover an old cookie sheet with eye-catching fabric for an instant tray.

Frames and boxes are also beautiful with a decoupage cover made of the wrapping paper or decorative paper. If the funkier option is selected, try a map or a vintage magazine picture and clipping collage. Keep things fresh by sticking with the same color scheme, such as black and blue.

5. Share Meaningful Memories

Designing the most attractive space utilizing things that are most meaningful to you helps out a lot. Framed illustrations created and drawn by your beloved ones? A framed picture showing the route of the very last family vacation? Some of the best art I've looked at!

The next time you go on a hiking or beach trip, pick up shells, pebbles, or other small items and mount them on a bookshelf. Create a wine cork out of your wedding's anniversary date with a shadow box, and decorate it with family photos.

If you don't want your room to feel dated or contrived, avoid being tied to just one theme. Themed rooms quickly become outdated or feel contrived. By adding just a few elements of significance and significance, you can be certain that your home reflects your family and does not feel cluttered or overwhelming.

6. Go Big

If you are on a budget or value high-impact artwork, a DIY art project on one wall can save your money. Even though the artwork is not at all easy to create, it's worth taking a shot at. The picture above is one I made in the vast quantity of wall space above our library. It is large and took me forever to do, but five years later, I still adore it. It is also the first thing most people are quick to comment on at home.

By painting a few canvases with a solid color, in addition to adding the effect of fading one color into another, you can try the new trendy look for your residence. Young Picassos can have fun taking painting lessons as well, and so will you! Your children will be delighted when their accomplishments are being appreciated as the trendy wall art in the living room.

Black and white photo prints really sell any picture. Try converting some family favorites to black-and-white then grouping the prints together on a wall. Printing them out and decorating them with dollar store frames creates an eclectic display. To enhance the overall look, consider painting a series of vintage frames the same color.

7. Declutter

It's hard to create a space that's visually engaging when I'm overcommitted with too many objects. Even though I may believe that a flash visit to Target will straighten out my house, the actuality is that my decorating apprehensions occur when I've too many goods, not too little. It is incredible to me how much better I value my rooms once I've finished getting rid of the points I do not like so much.

Take it Slow!

With just a little effort and time, you can have the change you desire without spending a great deal. And don't feel worried about doing anything all at once. Decorating is not about expensive designer items, but about using the items that are significant, meaningful and joyful to you and using them to inspire within your home. Figuring out what you prefer will take some time.

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