My tastes in decoration may not be very conventional. I prefer clean spaces, uncluttered. I dislike overdone furniture, tight spaces, excess knickknackery.
I also love unique things, things that reflect our life and family. This doesn’t necessarily mean expensive things, just things we have a connection to. Attractive home decor is not for the rich only, creativity and inspiration can do as well.
You’ve caught peeks of these a couple of times, they have been moved around and I’ve made some changes to them, but let me show you one of my favorite, cheapest wall decoration: Sealife Shadowboxes. On a wall of our living room we have these. I made them. And after that, out of curiosity, I checked online to see if there was something similar available. To my surprise and horror there was, and it cost US$84 each!
The base are inexpensive MDF trays that I bought unpainted from a craft store for mere cents. I stained them with the stain leftover from another project. I covered the back with scrapbooking paper and used the glue gun to stick some sea life on them.
Another idea is to paint them white and cover them with paper with children motifs. Glue small toys, baby shoes, or other objects you want to display and use them to decor your child’s bedroom. Run with it, it’s a very versatile idea.
On the stair wall there is a gallery with family photos. They are all printed in black and white.
The frames are all cheap, plastic frames in several colors that we received as gifts, and that had accumulated in boxes over the years. To give them a uniform look I sprayed painted them brown, now they all look similar without being monotonous.
With some tacky frame I had (don’t ask) I did something similar. I spray-painted the frame brown and covered the even tackier picture with an abstract fabric print.
It’s the perfect way to display fabric that you love without breaking the banks
Over my office / craft room I hung large embroidery hoops (about 1′) with leftover fabric that I loved. The hoops are very cheap, and you can change the fabric anytime you want, it only takes a couple of minutes.
And if you like photography, remember that Facebook’s is not the only wall where you can show off your favorite images. Each picture in our living room was shot by me. The good thing is that I can print new ones and change it every time I feel like it.
It’s my own private art gallery.
And let’s not forget our little resident artists!
Give paper and paint to your little one and let their imagination fly. Have you heard somebody say “that looks like something my child could do?”. Well, some really could.
These lovely paintings were made by my daughter and now hang over our headboard.
Money is no substitute for creativity. You can make your home a lovely space without breaking the bank.