Thursday, April 2, 2009

Decorating on a budget

Money is tight now-a-days for most of people, but that doesn’t mean that you should avoid home improvements. Modern furniture and decorations can be expensive. People tend to think that a modern looking decor is simply out of their price range. Luckily, there are several projects you can do yourself to help give your home a little more style on a budget.

Rather than buy new furniture, consider doing some renovations on your existing pieces. In the bedroom for example, you could spruce up the décor in your room by adding some style to your existing headboard. Find a fabric color or pattern that you like and use it to create a padded headboard. All you need is some fabric, some stuffing, and a staple gun. Attach the fabric to the headboard; add the stuffing material for some added padding, and then staple it closed. Creating your own padded headboard instead of buying one from a furniture store can save you hundreds of dollars.

Here is a neat tutorial from Charissa that will teach you how to make your own tufted headboard.

(above) Ultra modern look achieved by just attaching 2 large closet doors together with metal brackets. Feels kinda like a chic boutique hotel, doesn't it?(via)

What to do about those drabby walls at home? Adding wall art to the home is a good way to cover up those bland walls, but it can really drain your budget. Splurging on expensive modern pieces may not be the best way to decorate on a budget. Rather, wall flats are a great way to cover up those walls while simultaneously providing a modern, futuristic look. Wall flats produce deliberate,modern patterns to complete that simple, yet contemporary look to your room. Not only that, but it is an easy, fun project with very rewarding results. These modern wall flats I found at All Modern are a great way to add some texture and breathe life into an old wall.

(above) Inhabit - Braille Wall Flats available at All Modern. Designed to expand in any direction with an automatic pattern repeat, the Braille Wall Flats - Set of Ten can be used to cover an existing wall, help disguise a not-so-smooth wall or add a modern pattern to any room setting

(above) Inhabit - Seesaw Wall Flats available at All Modern

Unique center pieces and sculptures don’t need to be purchased at an art auction. You’d be surprised by the number of great looking pieces you can find and flea markets and garage sales, such as these cool looking orange reconditioned phones. What was one persons junk could easily become a decorative accent piece for your home. Do a little leg work and you can probably find some interesting pieces at a fraction of what it may be worth!


Caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

Loving your ideas ... especially the brown headboard!

bkhdesign said...

Picture with dog and the bed covers are really nice

Sarah Klassen said...

Great post! I must say, that orange phone is too cute for words! There's something so rewarding about finding a wonderful treasure in a sea of vintage/flea market pieces, isn't there?

Ivory Pearl Interiors said...

The orange phone is my favorite. I'm really into retro style, and this phone is the epitome of the retro designs!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for posting the link to the DIY tufted headboard. Such a brilliant idea.