Before you go on a decorating buying spree, “shop” your home. Use this excursion to take inventory of what you already have and discover what can be reimagined for different rooms or repurposed as decorative objects. Get inspired by these ideas that show how to decorate with items commonly found around the house. Plus, see what basic yet impactful items that you’ll only need to buy once but will use forever.
- Family Pictures
Display favorite memories and photos in a vignette that is personal and welcoming. Get a streamlined look by using fewer photos printed at larger sizes. Use frames you have and paint them the same color for a unified display. Or invest in inexpensive, basic black frames for a polished look.
- Outdoor Decor
Bring outdoor pieces inside for an easy addition. Garden stools work just as well indoors as they do on patios and porches for extra seats and drink tables.
- Remove Cabinet Doors
Sometimes decorating is just as much about subtraction as it is addition. Examine the inside of your cabinet boxes to determine if they are display-worthy. The insides may need a fresh coat of paint or just a good cleaning. Remove doors and fill any holes with putty and paint or stain to match the cabinet box. Display favorite dishes, utensils, and cookware or large jars filled with pantry staples, such as flour, pasta, and rice, inside the newly exposed cabinet.
- Book It
Bring hardcover books off the shelf for an interesting tablescape or mantel arrangement. Removing dust jackets can reveal a beautiful cover with eye-catching colors or designs.
- All Dressed Up
Even decorating basics can look extraordinary with a little embellishment. Wrap rickrack around a lampshade, hang picture frames with ribbon, or attach decorative veneers or gingerbread to plain bookcases.
- Display Jewelry
Take your baubles out of hiding and hang them along a bedroom wall on simple hooks. The colorful jewelry will add visual interest to yourwalls and keep items from becoming tangled.
- Budget Decor Essential
Paint is a must-have tool for budgetdecorating. But, this versatile medium is not restricted only to walls. It can also be used to give dated furniture and accessories a much-needed lift.
- Draped in Style
Bring a blanket out of storage to add an extra layer of color to a living room or bedroom. Fold a throw over the back of a sofa or the edge of a bed, allowing any pretty edge detailing, such as trim or fringe, to be visible.
- Household Hunt
For another way to wake up your bookcases, incorporate objects from throughout your house into the display. That serving platter you love, but never use? A horse figurine from your daughter’s past fascination with all things equine? Anything with an interesting shape or design can be a candidate. Look for objects that have commonalities, such as white finishes, to create a more unified display. And resist the urge to add “just one more” item. If you have a large collection, rotate objects in and out from time to time, rather than displaying everything all at once, to ensure the vignette strays from cluttered territory.
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