In today’s world, we are all about saving money. When it comes to health, many of us are starting to cook our own food at home on a budget. When it comes to decorating our home or remodeling, many of us are taking on these projects without hiring a professional. But some are still hesitant. If you’re interested or just getting started, I want to offer you some basic tips to help you DIY your home decor.
Before we dive in, here are a few words of encouragement.
Shhhh … there really aren’t any secrets
No interior designer has or follows a secret rule book. We naturally love to imagine, dream, and explore – follow our intuition, so to say. Interior designers and decorators weren’t always in existence. Back in the old days, you basically designed or decorated the interior of your home by yourself, with no professional help.
I used to be a stay-at-home mom who was looking for a new hobby. I decided to try my novice hand at painting an old chair that I picked up from a garage sale. When I saw the transformation that I made, I knew that this was going to be more than just a hobby! I could decorate my home with timeless pieces of antiques that I transformed without paying an interior designer or decorator.
You can do it!
Decorating your home should be something fun and exciting! After all, it is your home and your home should be a reflection of you, your personality, your style, and your creativity! There are tons of home decorating tips that you can find in magazines, online (especially Pinterest), and through asking any of your artistic or interior design friends.
However, not everyone has interior design friends, let alone ones who may openly share their tips without a little charge. With the following list of home decorating tips, you’ll be able to DIY decorate your home without a professional.
#1 Get a color scheme
It doesn’t seem like it’ll do much, but a color palette sets the tone for home decorating. It’s good to start with a color scheme for the whole house and then break it down from room to room. The palette will begin to play itself out in different ways.
Don’t make it harder than it is. Start with the large patterns in your space, such as a large piece of artwork, a colorful rug, or patterned upholstery, and then begin to pull out your color scheme. You can also try to stay with the formal areas of your home such as the entryway, living room, and dining room. Once you’ve chosen a color scheme for those areas, pick out a color as an accent for another room – like the navy blue sofa in the living room to baby blue curtains or a powder-blue painted wall in your home office.
#2 Warm up your home with precious pieces
The right pieces in the right places are key elements to decorating. Here are a few to get you started in the right direction.
Mirrors, mirrors on the walls …
One of the more popular home decorating tips that I’ve seen is using mirrors! It doesn’t have to be big and grand, but it does reflect a different angle of beauty in your home. They add sparkle, create “windows” on walls, and disperse light in a dark room for a beautiful glow. Not to mention, they open up space in a small room. For all you DIYers out there, mirrors are great objects to transform into an elegant wall piece! Check out some awesome tips on Mirrors 101 to help you get your sparkle on!
Furnishings that either required creativity or money
I love yard sales and grabbing pieces of antiques and furniture from the dumpsters! Call me crazy but I’ll admit that I have been blessed with collections of “junk” at these yard sales. It’s amazing how much fun I get bringing new life to them without having to break my bank. It makes me proud to put them on display as home decorations. If you do have antiques and unique finds that you’ve invested money in, show them off, front and center!
Home decorating centerpieces that anchor a room
First impressions are not only for who we meet but what we see. Your living room is usually the first room of the house that a visitor steps into. It’s a multi-functional room where redecorating or remodeling can be maximized for utility and comfort. Whether your living room is for entertainment or chit-chat, having a focal point will anchor the whole room.
If you’re practical like me, an oversized sectional couch makes for a beautiful centerpiece and comfortable seating for your guests! Let the sectionals set the tone of your living room. A white sectional can have pillows and throws to match the season. Or a dark leather sofa will give off a cozy vibe. Go with minimalistic touches for the rest of your room and add a big candle or tea lights for added warmth!
#3 Show and don’t tell
Comfort at home is a natural expectation that we all have. You want your guests to feel welcomed and comfortable when they visit your home. Utilizing “refurbished-with-love” furniture pieces is a great way for your guests to get more than just a touch of your personality. For example, a drink, or bar cart is a great way to put guests at ease because it allows them to help themselves and relax.
A drink cart doesn’t need to look overly fancy or filled with expensive alcohol-only ingredients. As a DIYer, you can easily purchase a utility cart and give it a round of rose gold metallic spray. Hot glue some leather upholstery for the handle, and accent it with a variety of real, or fake, fruits! You can keep it adult only, child-friendly, or “family-thirsty”!
#4 Know your strengths when it comes to doing it on your own
Decorating your home on your own means that you don’t have to pay someone to do it. To add to that, you get to have results that reflect your personal taste. And you can claim all the credit for it! Plus, the more compliments you get from your relatives and guests about your results, the more confident you become in decorating.
I enjoy painting and transforming furniture on my own. There are lots of people who start off feeling scared about DIY projects, but they end up getting a little addicted, or for others, really addicted! Like me, they realize how much fun it is to fix or create something that can be displayed for everyone to notice.
However, all of this depends on YOU. Without a doubt, you want to do your best to decorate your home at affordable prices and with delightful pieces. And the more time and money you can save, the better it will be, right? DIY home decorating and projects can be done in stages, as your budget allows, so that you can avoid the challenge of conveying your likes and dislikes to a stranger who is collecting your money.
#5 Be prepared, it may not turn out as you expected
That being said, I know that mistakes can happen and flaws are sometimes unavoidable. Not everyone may enjoy do-it-yourself projects as much as they may have expected. Some may think it’s scary, intimidating, or they might mess up horribly! To make matters worse, they may have to live with the “mess up” for years to come or pay a large sum of dollars to make it go away.
Be sure to ask yourself if you can visualize the results of your projects and whether you’re the creative type who can produce those results. Otherwise, I’d say try to get some help and don’t be afraid to do so!
You might not save as much money as you’d hoped
Although DIY has a reputation of being budget-friendly, you may not always save money in the long run. Home decorating is fun and it can be a pleasurable thing for some. But it can be time-consuming with a high learning curve. Additionally, you might be faced with lots of decisions to make.
Be sure to consider the value of your time. Does the time set aside justify the fees you’ll supposedly be saving? Or will your savings be forfeited if you make a mistake and it has to be redone? These are questions that are good to consider as a reality check. Weigh out the realistic results of saving and spending money for home decorating, especially if it includes DIY transformations!
#6 Get help if you can afford it
Not everything has to be DIY in your home. There are professional interior designers who can help you with home decorating tips and figure out the best plan for revamping your home. Paying these professionals at a cost that covers their skills and advice can give you a pleasing and alluring home that’s been tailored to your style, your tastes, and your personality. Interior designers are also trained to apply functionality, quality, and durability in how they choose furniture. That’s another benefit that you’ll gain financially.
You may find that you need professional help just to get started. Once you see how they transformed one part of your space, you may be brave enough to try more on your own!
#7 Be adventurous
After I started painting professionally and seeing the possibilities I could achieve with redeemed antiques and furniture, I felt a huge sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Home decorating on your own can make you feel that way as well. You play the major role of coming up with ideas and turning those ideas into a personalized reality!
If you are really keen on becoming a DIYer, give yourself time to learn the baby steps of techniques and tools. Also, get to know the locations of where you can find things to transform and the supplies you need to do the transformation.
Take it all in and run with pride
Taking the bold step of doing something big all by yourself isn’t wrong or ill-advised, just be prepared for results that may not meet your expectations. Keep in mind that even if it didn’t turn out like you planned, it’s not the end of the world either. Observe your mistakes and run with them to achieve better results!
I wouldn’t have known how much I enjoy doing what I’m doing as a DIYer had I not ventured out to paint an old chair from a garage sale. And I absolutely love it! The things that you can repurpose or transform are endless. I would highly encourage you to give it a try and display your artwork in your living room as a newly added decorating piece!
Suggestions for where to start…
Check out my video about what I like to buy from thrift store shopping to repurpose. It’s a good start on practicing your creativity as a DIY novice. If you have girlfriends who enjoy handmade gifts, you’d be surprised how repurposed wooden candle stick holders from a thrift store can become a lovely gift! I usually paint them, distress them, and “shabby” them up and they’re ready for a cute gift bag with a few added candlesticks!
Wooden oval picture frames are quite easy to find in thrift stores as well. Paint the inside with chalkboard spray and give the frame a fun color. There! You have another cute gift for your girlfriends! Don’t underestimate what a few dollars can get you. Sometimes you’ll end up with rare vintage pieces that even my husband wanted me to keep instead of selling it off!
Can’t wait to see what you do with these home decorating tips!
Be sure to follow me on Facebook and share your repurposed projects and transformed pieces. Learn some home decorating tips while you’re at it. Enjoy your home decorating journey, DIYer!