If you want lots of DIY home decor ideas and have the urge to decorate your home to reflect your personality or your family’s likes, you have no further to look than your imagination – and perhaps some help from DIY Home Decorating online guides and books.
No one wants a boring home!
It stifles creativity and doesn’t give you a sense of who you are and what you stand for when you or someone else enters the door.
You can easily change all that by finding areas of your home you’d like to change and then discovering a project that will make your decorating dreams happen.
For anybody, decorating on a budget can be a challenge, but it also can be very rewarding. It will also teach you how to showcase your home.
In this DIY home decor section, we will provide great ideas and tips for decorating various rooms within your home without going over budget.
Just by adding a few small, but creative and decorative details, you can make any home look like a million dollars.
As long as you approach your decorating on a budget creatively, it should not only save you money, but will be fun also.
If you want to create the perfect look for your home, and you are on a budget, then you need to get creative.
It is not impossible to design a new look for any room in the home on a shoestring.
So as long as you are willing to invest your time and energy, then you should be able to make a room go from plain to perfect in no time at all.
As already mentioned above, decorating on a budget can be fun. So instead of looking at the more expensive items that are available, why not instead start looking at their inexpensive counterparts.
There are plenty of companies around which offer items that look as good as the more expensive items for the home, at half the price.
The real test for anyone who is decorating on a budget is their ability to take an inexpensive item, and then be able to camouflage its real value.
So what they should be able to do is make a $10 item look like a $100 item instead. This can certainly be achieved, all it requires is a little patience, and a little decorating know how.
However, when decorating on a budget, it does not mean that you have to cut down on the quality of everything that you want.
Not only can decorating on a budget be fun, but if creatively undertaken, it can also be done with flair and style.
It is important when doing any decorating on a budget that you have a plan. So you need to know what furniture you need (if any).
What color scheme do you want for each room? What style do you want?
By doing this, you will not waste time and money in purchasing things that you do not need, and also that you do not like.
Your home is your castle and you want to make that castle look as attractive as possible.
Not only do you want your home to look attractive for yourself, but you want it to be inviting to your visitors, as well.
In order to give your home a uniform look and a design that you really enjoy, consider incorporating a theme into your home décor.
When selecting a theme for your home, it is always important to remember to pick something that speaks to you.
If you love nature and want to bring the outdoors in, consider decorating your home with a rustic theme.
For this design theme, use a color palette that features hues that can be found in nature; colors to consider include sage, rust, slate blue, muted yellow and ecru.
Incorporate the color scheme throughout different elements in your home, such as on the walls, in the linens, in the furnishings and in the decorative accents.
To give your home a real rustic look, consider adding architectural details, such as wainscoting on the walls and wood beams on the ceilings.
For the furnishings, opt for understated and comfortable pieces; couches covered in brushed suede and a headboard constructed of wooden logs, for instance.
For decorative elements, include items from nature, such as pinecones in a wicker bowl and river pebbles in a glass bowl.
Whether you live on the coast or inland, you can make your home look like a beachside retreat with these decorating ideas.
The colors in this theme should include hues that reflect the beach, such as aqua, sky blue, seafoam green and sand. You can either opt for washed, muted tones or bright hues, like the Caribbean.
For example, paint the walls a muted shade of seafoam and cover the floor with a tan area rug, or paint the walls a bright shade of aqua and use bright white furnishings in the space.
Cover the windows with light and airy sheers. Include pictures of the beach and the ocean on the walls. For decorative accents, set out pieces of driftwood and fill dishes with shells.
Give your home a sophisticated look with a French country theme. Use pastel shades with this theme, such as pale pink and blue, sunny yellow and pistachio green. Install a whitewashed wood floor and hang wainscoting on the walls.
For the furnishings, opt for antique pieces. Select lace and patchwork for the linens.
You can also include wrought iron and wicker elements, such as wicker baskets and wrought iron sconces.
Here are some DIY home decor projects (some quick and others that may take a couple of weekends) that can transform your home and make you proud that you’re the one that made it a reality:
Your bedroom is likely your favorite room in your home.
This is the one space that belongs to you and at the end of the day, you can close the door and escape the craziness that may lay in the rest of the rooms that make up your house.
If you are looking to add a little romance into your life, set the stage by creating a bedroom that will woo both you and your significant other.
Once you enter this bedroom, the romance will envelope you and you and your partner will be in for a real treat.
There really is no right or wrong paint color to make your bedroom a romantic retreat. Some may think that red or pink are the colors of romance, but this simply isn’t the case.
In fact, many men likely won’t appreciate the color pink on their bedroom walls. So, in the department of paint, choose colors that speak to you.
Whatever color you decide to go with, soft muted tones are a great option, as they really make a subtle, yet impressive backdrop for a romantic getaway.
The furniture for a romantic bedroom should be light and whimsical.
Try to stray away from heavy wood pieces, such as mahogany, and instead, choose more delicate pieces – a brass headboard and maple dressers, for example.
If space allows, include a small sofa or chair in the room; at the foot of the bed or in a corner perhaps.
The linens for a romantic bedroom should be soft to the touch and inviting. Some great fabrics to consider include crushed velvet, satin, silk and lace.
For example, you can make the bed with satin sheets and top it with a crushed velvet bedspread and cover the windows with lace draperies.
When it comes to selecting colors for these linens, choose hues that you really love. If you want to add touches of red or pink, for instance, the linens is the place to do it.
To complete the look of your romantic retreat, you will want to incorporate accessories into the space.
While you can absolutely display pictures, stray away from family photos and instead opt for landscape images, such as the Eiffel Tower or a lovely garden.
Set a truly romantic tone by suspending a tulle canopy from the ceiling above your bed. Candles are an absolute must in a romantic bedroom.
Place them on nightstands and on dresser tops and light them whenever you want to set the mood.
A coat of paint can do wonders for a room.
It’s also one of the most inexpensive ways that you can give the room a makeover without breaking the budget.
Paint an accent wall red to give it a burst of color and energy, or make a guest room into a place they’ll want to stay by painting it a serene shade of blue.
Stencils are fun to work with and can personalize a baby’s room, kitchen, office or just about any room.
Take a look online and in books about all the beautiful and fun patterns available.
be that you are just starting out in a new home, or that you would like to
revive an old tired space, but decorating any room, and especially the living
room, can be a real challenge.
But by looking at the items you already have in a different way, you should be able to create a cozy family room for almost next to nothing.
Paint one wall using your favorite color, and so make this the focal point of the room. Then hang a piece of interesting art on the wall (it could even be something you have made yourself).
Next, place a nice piece of furniture on that side of the room to provide even more accent to the wall.
If you want to add extra impact to the wall, then why not use a rubber stamping technique? Although it is extremely easy to do, rubber stamping can look very impressive when finished.
2. Use an Area Rug
This is a great way to define a conversation area and look for one which will complement the décor of the room.
Rather than lying it straight, put it at an angle underneath your coffee table (if you have one).
Or if not, then just place it in a central location where the seating is situated. Why not add some large cushions as well?
3. Pictures & Mirrors
Hang those which most reflect your personality. If you are able to, try frames that are more ornate.
Plus, when hanging a mirror, place it in a position where it will reflect either a nice view, or an interesting architectural element of the room.
Including a mirror in a room also creates the illusion of more space in a room because of the light reflecting off it.
Replace lamps, as these are one thing that will provide clues to your room being outdated. If you are unable to replace the whole lamp, then just consider replacing the lampshade instead.
5. Coffee Table
If your coffee table is looking tired or scratched, then cover it with a small decorative throw rug.
Or if you want to be a bit more adventurous, then why not consider tiling the top of it with mosaic tiles or colored glass instead?
6. Rearrange the Furniture
But do not think square; instead, put your furniture at an angle. By doing this you are giving a whole new look to the layout of your room, and is much more inexpensive than going out and buying new furniture.
Also pay attention to the floor space that you have left and use it. You could actually get some scatter cushions and use these as additional seating. It will provide your living room with a much more relaxed atmosphere.
Use plants to add freshness and impact to the décor of your room, and if placed strategically, will hide any ugly flaws in a room.
Finally, if you do not need it, then remove it. You can either donate it to your local charity, or ask a family member or friend if they could use it.
By de-cluttering a space, you will not only be providing yourself with more room, but you will also be gaining a whole new look.
You can keep your house “in bloom” all year round without having to purchase expensive flowers each week.
Dried flowers are inexpensive – or you can even learn how to dry them yourself from a summer’s harvest.
Use any old container you may already have for the dried flowers and place them anywhere in the home to brighten the area.
It’s so much more rewarding to creating your own window treatments than purchasing them at a store.
You can buy fabric on sale (don’t forget online fabric sites) and stitch them in a matter of moments from patterns in books or from online “how to” sites
If you’re living room, family room or den is like most, the sofa is likely the main piece of furniture in the space.
This is the place where people sit down and relax, so you want it to be as inviting as possible.
While your sofa may be lovely and draw people in on its own, accessorizing it can make it even more inviting and will help to tie it into the look of the room.
Read on to find out how you can easily accessorize your sofa.
Pillows are an obvious choice when it comes to accessorizing your sofa; in fact, many sofas actually come with pillows.
Instead of using generic pillows, think outside the box when using throw pillows as an accessory for your sofa.
You can purchase extra large throw pillows, use pillows that are all the same size or opt for pillows that are an array of sizes.
Pick colors that coordinate with your sofa, but are a different color and made from a different fabric – you can even go completely wild and use pillows that are several different colors and fabrics.
Nestle the pillows in a corner or arrange them haphazardly along the back of the sofa.
Use your imagination when accessorizing with pillows; there really are limitless options, but if you really want to make your sofa stand out, get rid of those matchy-matchy pillows.
Blankets are another great way to accessorize your sofa, as they come in so many different colors and fabrics and can really make the piece of furniture completely inviting.
As with the pillows, you really do have a lot of options when it comes to selecting a blanket for your sofa.
The best advice is to choose something that works with the décor of the room.
For instance, in a room with a country design, a patchwork blanket is a great idea, while in a modern space, a fluffy faux fur blanket will work.
Haphazardly drape the blanket along the back or one of the arms of the sofa, or neatly fold it and drape it on the back or one of the arms.
No, you aren’t going to place pictures on your sofa, but placing them on the walls or on the furniture that surround it is a great way to accessorize this piece of furniture.
To make a simple, yet dramatic statement, hang a single, large picture on the wall above the sofa.
For a more casual look, create a collage of pictures on the walls.
You can also arrange pictures in different sized and shaped frames on the end tables that surround the sofa.
You likely know that having a piece of furniture upholstered is an expensive and time-consuming process.
But, tackling an upholstery project can be easy, fun and less expensive than you think.
There are many self-help books and online help sites that can help you through the process.
We will now look at a number of different ways for decorating a dining room to give it a whole new lease on life, without breaking the bank.
1. Why not cover the table with some fabric in order to hide any ugly surfaces?
You could then use the colors in the fabric as the basis for the new décor for the room.
2. The use of inexpensive accessories will help to change the whole appearance of your dining room.
Get some candles and candleholders in order to provide a different look and feel to your room.
3. Why not make a wall hanging for the room.
If you can, purchase some Chinese posters (these are inexpensive) as they are easy to turn into wall hangings.
4. Why not see if where you live has a furniture bank.
This is where you can arrange to drop off any old pieces of furniture that you have and no longer want.
Then all you need to do is choose a piece from what they have there to replace the piece you have donated.
You may find the ideal dining table and chairs that you want for the theme of your room.
5. The rule of three.
Instead of placing items together as even numbered groups, do it in odd numbered groups instead.
Where 2 candlesticks together look symmetrical, by adding a bowl or another smaller candlestick holder, you will give the element of surprise.
Plus, by mixing colors and textures in order to form groups of three in a room, it will provide you with a whole new look also.
6. As previously mentioned, when looking to redecorate your living room, move the furniture. You can also do this in your dining room.
Instead of the table being horizontal to the walls, why not place it in the room at an angle (but make sure you have enough space to walk round it).
Also, move any cupboards etc., away from walls, and instead place these in corners of the room at angles. By doing this, you are giving your dining room a whole new look.
7. Why not build and attach a fold down shelf to one of your dining room walls?
It will certainly make it easier for you when entertaining, and can be used as a buffet area also.
8. How about giving your dining room cabinets a new lease on life and paint them to accentuate the color of the room?
Check at your local paint supply store or DIY store, as well as online for advice on how to paint unusual surfaces.
9. Use a mirror in order to create light and space in your dining room. Frame one in such a way that it creates a mock window.
You could even use one by placing it behind some artistic belongings in order to highlight them from all sides.
10. If your dining room chairs are looking a little tired and dated, then cover them with slipcovers…why not try making some covers yourself?
Why not purchase another tablecloth or two that matches the one you use for your table, and upholster them in this as well?
11. Finally, why not repaint the room?
You do not need to do the whole room, just paint one or two walls with an accent color.
Maybe go for a color which will accent all the various aspects of the room, and integrates well with any soft furnishings that you have.
And remember to make the most use out of your tableware and crockery to set the theme and colours in your diningroom.
There is a gorgeous selection here to check out of some china dinnerware sets that you can order online and have home delivered too!
Candles can make an ordinary room stunning when placed in groups of different sizes and shapes.
Light them all in the evening and create a romantic aura that rivals the Ritz.
You can also learn more about creating and using candles of all kinds, including soy candles and the very decorative gel candles in this section about how to make candles
Below are some beautiful candles you can buy online and have home delivered!
For many people, the thought of redecorating their kitchen can be frightening.
They start thinking that they need to replace everything in order to get a whole new look.
But redecorating your kitchen on a budget can be as simple as just giving the walls a new coat of paint, or changing the existing hardware or doors on your cabinets.
So just by making one small change to your kitchen you can give it a whole new look.
1. Instead of replacing the cabinets in your kitchen, why not repaint them?
There are many techniques around which are easy to learn and will provide your cabinets with an expensive designer look.
Such techniques as crackling, faux finishing and glazing are not only simple to do, but will save you money.
If you need help on looking for ways to up date old and tired kitchen cabinets, then take a look on the internet.
2. Provide your kitchen walls with a new lick of paint. By painting your walls in warm and inviting colors, you will make the room even more of the hub of the home.
Plus, if you have good quality wooden cabinets, a new coat of paint will help the wood to appear richer.
3. Why not spend a little of your budget on purchasing some new hand towels and potholders that will match the color of your new décor?
4. Another simple and easy tip for redecorating your kitchen, and will cost you nothing, is to get beautiful dishes and glassware out of the cupboards, and use them to accentuate the kitchen.
5. But a great way of changing the whole décor of your kitchen is by putting up new curtains. You could try this first before you do anything else.
They will help to create a fresh new look to your kitchen, and they certainly will not break the bank.
Plus, you may well find that just making this one change will give your kitchen a completely different look. By changing your curtains, you could actually bring out the personality of the kitchen with little or no effort on your part.
6. Why not use fabric in your kitchen?
If you have appliances that you wish to hide, then using a fabric is a cheap and cost effective way of doing this.
Just get some material that co-ordinates with the décor of your kitchen, and some wire and hooks, and then just place the fabric in front of the appliance.
Hey, presto, it’s covered up, and the fabric provides a new dimension to your room.
Plus, if it should get dirty, all you need to do is take it off and put it in the washing machine and wash it.
7. Why not consider replacing the cabinet doors.
There are many companies around which provided many different designs, colors and shapes of kitchen cabinet doors.
This is a much more cost effective way of giving your kitchen a whole new look without actually having to replace the whole cabinet.
8. Also why not just replace the ironmongery on your cabinet doors, and get new handles?
Just by doing this you will be giving your kitchen a whole new look.
9. One other affordable way of making your kitchen look different is by adding a kitchen island. They not only provide you with more counter space, but they provide a place where people can gather.
However, for those of us on a budget, instead of getting a permanent one, why not instead consider getting a kitchen cart?
Because they are on wheels, when not being used they can be put away, and so leave you with room in your kitchen.
10. Finally, if your kitchen redecorating budget is so small that you would be unable to do any of the above. Then why not think about replacing the backsplash instead.
Just by doing this, you can really dress up that drab and dull kitchen that you have.
The great thing about backsplashes is that they now come in a variety of different colors and materials, as well as styles.
But how much you spend on this will depend on what material you select for it.
Before you start thinking about any decorating you would like to do in your bathroom, you need to make sure that it is in good shape.
It is important that you make sure there are no leaks, and that all the caulking is tight.
You do not want to complete the redecoration of your bathroom, only to find a leak, and that you will have to completely redecorate after it has been fixed.
Unfortunately, although the bathroom is one of the easiest and least expensive to decorate, it is often the most neglected.
For many of us, redecorating our bathroom consists of replacing an old shower curtain with a new one and that’s it.
But hopefully, using the tips provided below, you should be able produce a whole new and inviting look to your bathroom.
1. You can make a huge impact on this room by getting rid of any dark wood and old hardware on cupboards. Just by using some paint and replacing the handles on the doors, you will give the room a completely different look.
2. Why not put some plants in your bathroom, as they thrive in such an environment?
3. Use light. Bright colors will create the illusion of space even in the smallest of spaces (which many bathrooms are).
4. Change the light fixtures, as the right type of lighting can make a huge difference to any bathroom.
5. Why not consider replacing the taps to your bath and sinks. Just by replacing the tired, old looking taps to your bath, you will give it a completely different look, and it’s an inexpensive way of updating an old room.
6. Instead of buying a new shower curtain, why not instead choose to use a regular curtain. This can be hung from a tension rod and backed with a shower curtain liner. Such liners come in a variety of colors and are inexpensive to buy.
You can make a massive difference in your bathroom DIY home decor themes by simply changing your bathroom shower rod or curtain too!
7. Get a few candles. Not only are they attractive, but they instantly add warmth (even when not lit to a space).
Also, there is so much variety of colors, shapes and sizes of candles available, that I think you will find it difficult to choose exactly what you want.
But it is best if you buy ones which will co-ordinate with the décor of your bathroom.
Plus, add a few bars of scented soap and your bathroom will soon feel warm and luxurious.
When starting any project where a child is concerned, it would be a great idea if you get them involved.
What you need to remember is that this is their room, and you want the space to reflect just who they are and what they love.
So why not grab a pen and some paper (as your child is likely to come up with 100’s of ideas) and get talking!
1. When decorating a child’s room, choose the wall color carefully.
It is important that you pick a color that matches the theme that you have chosen to make sure that everything complements and looks like they belong together.
2. If you want to add a splash of color to a child’s room, and do not want to repaint, then add a solid colored rug.
3. As curtains can be expensive, why not get a blind instead. Then hang a sheer panel in front of it.
You can also add some color to a sheer panel so that it further complements the child’s room by painting it with fabric paints (you could even let your child do it themselves).
4. Why not purchase a new light or lampshade to match the theme?
This is a great way of adding a new look to your child’s room, as well as being a cost effective way of reducing the light they use in their rooms.
Also, why not just buy a plain lampshade and then get some acrylic paints and let your child decorate it themselves?
5. If you want to have bedding that will compliment your child’s bedroom, but can not afford to buy new bedding sets, why not instead buy some flat sheets (only cost a few dollars and come in a wide range of colors) and can easily be used for duvet covers by being sewn together?
But not only can you use them to make duvet covers, but also for simple curtains and pillow cases which will compliment the décor of the room.
6. Also, why not personalize something for their walls? You could make photographs of them and the family and pets into a collage.
7. Another great way of making their room, and which will not break the bank, is to create a comfort zone.
All you need are some big pillows, or a plush or inflatable chair.
But make sure that it is something your child will enjoy sitting on and relaxing in.
Also, as they will use this area for reading, then you will need to place some books close by.
Do this by putting some small shelves or some plastic boxes on the side in the area and putting their books in them.
If you are planning on decorating up updating your Nursery or baby's room, you can see a heap of great ideas here for how to decorate with a Mural for Nursery Wall Themes
From small projects such as putting together a couple of decorator pillows from old pillowcases and a few stitches to creating a lamp from an old mason jar, you can easily find projects for DIY home décor that will make visitors ‘oh’ and ‘ah’ when they discover that you put it together all by yourself.
The first thing you should remember when decorating is that there are no rules except those that you set for yourself. However, having a plan is always a good idea and will help you to keep on budget.
1. Trust yourself
Remember, you will know more about what looks good for your home than you think.
2. Focal Points
Select the most important element in a room, say a fireplace, and make this the focal point. Then place furnishings and objects around it to draw a person’s eye towards it.
You could, if you want, direct the person’s eye towards, say, a window, which then directs them to look outside into the garden.
Provide each room with a theme. You may just decide on a color, or it may be a particular style, say French Country or Italian Tuscany, for say the kitchen.
Doing this will give you a starting point, and will help to guide you through the decorating stages.
When planning your design, work from the largest area of the room to the smallest.
For instance, start with walls, windows, floors, furnishings and then finish with accessories.
It is important to remember the larger the decorating surface, the more impact it will have on the finished design.
One of the biggest challenges faced by anyone when decorating on a budget is to stay within their budget constraints.
So before you start the work, make a plan and stick to that plan, and this will help you with staying on budget.
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