Having a well-decorated and functional home is a priority for most people, and a new study has found that the average American homeowner spends a little over $9,000 a year on home improvement projects to improve their abode. Renovating or redecorating your home means having to go out to shop for supplies and materials to revamp your space, but sometimes certain situations may make it impossible for us to leave our homes. If you’re unable to go out, are pressed for time, or have limited funds to transform your living space, don’t fret. Here’s how you can revamp your home without having to ever set foot outside your house.
Shop Your Closet for Decorating Supplies
To find materials to beautify your space, look no further than your closet as some accessories and pieces of clothing that you already own can be used to decorate your home. For instance, if you have a few wraps and shawls, you can use your evening wear staples to add flair to an old couch or table. A warm pashmina can be used as a throw to give a couch a cozy feel, while a beaded wrap can serve as a table runner in a pinch. If you have braided leather belts or bangles, consider using them as curtain ties. Meanwhile, if you want a new piece of art without having to make it yourself, take a pretty scarf, frame it, hang it on the wall, and there you have it — instant art at zero cost.
Rearrange Your Shelves
If you have a built-in cabinet in the living room or a bookshelf, chances are that it’s been a while since you’ve rearranged the things displayed there. Rearranging your shelves will take a bit of effort, but it’s worth it once you see how it changes the look of the entire room. Create a color scheme for your shelves — a three-color motif is the most attractive. For instance, if you decide to go with a green, yellow, and white motif, try displaying books, vases, and other knick-knacks in these colors.
Move the items around, then step back to see the full effect and figure out if you need to relocate or remove a few things.
Recycle and Create Something Decorative
Take a look around your home and see if there are some items that you can recycle to turn into something that can spruce up your space. An old mason jar can be filled with a string of LED lights and turned into a mini lamp, while fabric scraps can be laminated and turned into coasters. You can also decoupage a vase using old magazines, or string together old CDs to make a hanging ornament.
Repurpose Existing Items
Chances are, there are some items in your home that can be used in new ways. An old ladder can serve as a towel rack — just sand it and paint it in white, then lean it against the wall outside the bathroom. A vintage suitcase can serve as a coffee table or a side table if you place it on a luggage rack. Meanwhile, chipped teacups can be used as planters for mini succulents. Be creative and see what else you can find to decorate your home in a quirky way.
Decorating with items that you already have allows you to beautify your favorite rooms without having to leave your home. Try these tips and see how easy it is to give your home a fresh and fun look.