Trends change so fast which can leave your home improvement budgets struggling to keep up however here we’ve come up with great ideas to decorate with what you have.
Adjust Your Curtains
You can change the whole appearance of a room simply by changing the position of your curtain pole. Place it higher to give the impression of high ceilings, lower, to add the opulent look of fabric trailing on the floor or extend it wider to let in all available light when the curtains are drawn.
Although general art and decoration is attractive nothing beats a home filled with personal memories. Pick some memorable events from your life and unearth items that surround them. For instance, in the master bedroom you can think of when you first met. Dig out old tickets, letters, even print off text conversations and make a montage.
For children’s bedrooms ask them to draw or paint their favourite days out and frame them, there’s nothing better than your own art.
Release the Clutter
Of course clutter is not fashionable but at the moment, carefully selected groups of items are. Assess all of your ornaments and group together on shelves according to colour, size, age or even material. You can add to the look by including a favourite book or simply leaning (not hanging) a picture behind.
Multi Use Textiles
Instead of throwing out old clothes, baby blankets and sheets see if you can reuse them. Baby blankets can add a great splash of colour to a chair as a throw while T-shirts can be easily made into cushions giving soft furnishings you know your children will adore. You don’t have to be a seamstress either, in fact, let the children loose and see what they produce.
Whether you have a patio or a farm there are many free items to find outside from real twigs (why have fake in a vase?) to pine cones, berries and leaves. You can create stunning seasonal displays by opening your mind and seeing what’s on offer. If you’re short of vases, use jam jars instead – it works for River Cottage so it will definitely work for you!
post by Martina Mercerby