Decorating with Prized Posessions
1. If you collect something, you can use your home as a display case, placing collectibles on shelves and even hanging them on the wall throughout the house. Showcasing your collection will be pleasing for you to look at and also a hint for friends who see your house to add to your collection. It doesn't have to be Faberge eggs; it could be a collection of retro mushrooms, shot glasses, Pez dispensers or comic books; anything that is meaningful or pleasing to you. A collection that graces a fireplace mantle will get a lot of attention.
Decorating with Photos
2. Photographs can be an inexpensive but effective way to decorate. Any image can be printed in an 8- by-10-inch size, often for less than a dollar. Family photos, landscapes, nature or architectural images can be the center of an artful display.
Decorating with Paint
3. A gallon of paint can be had for as little as $10 a gallon. A new color changes the personality of a room and provides a lot of bang for the buck. Check your local home improvement store for "oops" paint, the result of wayward custom-color blends. Even though they're not the perfect color for another customer, they might work for you, and cost less than their normal price.
You can turn a mismatched set of tables or dressers into a coordinated set by painting them. Be sure to sand down the original finish a bit, so that the paint bonds, and use an exterior paint for longevity.
Decorating with Plants
4. Houseplants can be acquired for free, quite often, from friends and family. Department stores and drugstores often sell dying house plants at a deep discount because their staff members can't dedicate the time and attention to bringing them back to life. Let everyone know that you are looking for houseplants, and you may end up with more than you bargained for. Not only do they add color and life to a room, but they also become more of a presence each year.