To enjoy a cozy, beautiful atmosphere in your home, you don’t have to buy bland, run-of-the-mill decor items at a premium price from a store. With a little ingenuity and a do-it-yourself spirit, you can try out these house decorating ideas, and create your own gorgeous decorative accents. You just might save some money, too!
Fill a few clear, square vases with kosher salt or clear glass beads, then stick in slender branch tips you’ve pruned from the bare winter trees around your home. You can prune back some of the side shoots of the branch if there is too much bulk. Place one branch tip in each vase, settling it into the salt or beads. The vases can all be the same height, or of varied height for a less uniform look.
To put focus on a decor item, try painting an empty picture frame to coordinate with the color of an object, then hang the decorative object on the wall, mounting the empty frame so that it is framing the object, like a showpiece. This creates a focal point. Be sure there is enough empty space between the decor object and the empty frame, so it doesn’t look crowded.
For a soft, romantic feel, wrap the outside of a mason jar in jute twine or strips of lace, gluing them into place. Put a tealight candle inside the jar and light it. This looks even more beautiful if you have jars of varying size, each with different types of lace.
If you have an instant photo printer that you use to print off your phone camera pictures, here is a great way to display them with rustic flair: Paint a large empty picture frame (about 2 feet wide by 3 feet tall) with milk paint, then stretch four lengths of twine across the frame, from side to side, stapling them into the back of the frame. Then using wooden mini clothes pins (the spring-action kind), hang your pictures from the lengths of twine. Set on a mantle or hang on your wall, wherever you want your pictures to be seen.
For global appeal, take an old paper map and cut it to fit, and decoupage it onto a lamp shade or to the front of your dresser drawers.
An old window used as a picture frame adds shabby chic elegance! Choose a window that has six or more separate panes in it. Trim pictures to the size of the window panes, and mount one picture behind each frame, and hang the old window over your mantle or sofa. (Be sure to choose a window that was made after 1978 to avoid potential peeling lead paint.)
To bring a soft, dreamy atmosphere to your bedroom, run strings of white LED Christmas lights inside long, billowing lengths of white tulle or gauzy material. Then drape the lights and material around your bed canopy or headboard.
These simple DIY house decorating ideas will add an elegant flair to your home, while helping you stay within your budget. Soon, you’ll have the confidence to tackle even more spectacular decor projects in the future!