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We all dream of a home interior that expresses our unique style and suits our tastes down to the ground. But if you don’t have an unlimited budget, can you go further than uniform Ikea style and add some bespoke style to your home? Creating an interior decor scheme that is quirky and has vibrancy is possible without deep pockets – it’s all in unique combinations of finishes and accessories that will set your house apart.
There is an alternative to bland, beige flatpack, even if you don’t have tonnes of cash for decorating and need to make savings – and that is upcycling. Searching through local sales or even online sources like Freecycle or Gumtree, you can find some amazingly constructed pieces of furniture that just need a little TLC to make them shine again. Most of it is fairly straightforward – from recovering old seats using a staple gun to renovating a chest of drawers with paint and new handles, you can do a lot with a little knowledge and create something truly unique and tailored to your style. There are a world of video tutorials on upcycling furniture out there – all you need is some basic supplies and a free weekend.
Change Up Your Lighting
The lighting scheme in a room can do a lot to change the mood, and it doesn’t cost much to change it up. Adding a bold cluster of pendant lights, or making a room more intimate and cosy by including a few lamps is a time-honoured way of creating a mood. If you have a larger, open-plan space you can also zone it using lighting – brighter, task-focused lighting in areas like the kitchen, and something softer and more convivial in seating areas.
Add Some Art
Art is one of the quickest and most definitive ways of making your home pop. But art doesn’t have to mean lots of expenses. The rise of affordable art fairs now means that originals by up-and-coming artists are now available at a low price, or mediums such as collage art are a great way of spicing up a space. If you’re a little creative and into abstracts, you could even have a go at purchasing a canvas and acrylics and making something truly original! And sometimes it’s all in the presentation. Scour local charity shops for a collection of unique frames and spray paint them all the same colour, then use them to frame art prints and postcards you’ve picked up or even your own photographs, for a display that looks sophisticated and co-ordinated and shows off your taste and personality.
Create A Collection
Grouping similar things together in a collection display has a huge decorative impact – instead of just being random objects scattered around your home, they take on a new style and significance when deliberately placed together. From a shelf full of coloured glassware in the same palette to a display of beach shells, if you can arrange similar objects artfully, they’ll look amazing. Just make sure you stick to one unifying theme – be that colour or type of object, things need to have a thread that pulls them together.
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