I made the decision to study Interior Design with one goal in mind, and that is to be the African IKEA. I wanted to cater to the middle class who cannot afford luxury but would still like to have a nicely decorated space. I may not be the African IKEA “yet”, but I am still committed to my original goal. So in this post, I have put together ideas to transform your space without breaking the bank. These ideas are so simple, you will be surprised that you never thought about them previously. Here we go…
Tuck fairy lights into glass jars to create illuminating conversation pieces and fashion a tricked-out table lamp.
Adding colour to your walls is a quick, easy and inexpensive way to give your home an instant lift. Whether you make a statement with a feature wall, go all out and decorate an entire room in an intense shade, or opt for a stylish two-tone scheme, you’re guaranteed a striking look with oodles of glamour.
Create a stained glass effect in seconds, by displaying coloured glass jars and vases by your windowsill or wherever else you deem appropriate
Can’t afford a new sofa? Why not update your pillows instead. There are many affordable and lovely cushions that are unique and will zip up your space instantaneously.. If you’re not sure what colours to go for, take inspiration from the palette of your walls and floor. You can also make your own pillow, an internet search of ‘no sew envelope pillow covers’ brings up many tutorials you can follow.
For an affordable exterior upgrade, paint your entry door an unexpected shade, like pumpkin-orange or chartreuse-green. The result: a happy punctuation point that modernizes an old house yet doesn’t compromise its historic character.
Bring in a mirror, a single well-placed mirror has the power to make a small room seem larger. Mirrors also reflect most of the light falling on to them back into the room, making your space better lit.
Paint the ceiling, don’t ignore it! Although most people default to white paint overhead, colour gives you something interesting to look at and brings the room together rather nicely. Gray-blues, lavenders, and buttery yellows draw the eye up without being too brash. Notice how the teal ceiling in the image above compliments certain decorative pieces in the room.
Create your own DIY Artwork, purchase a frame (without the glass) at a thrift store for as little as 2 pounds, Paint it if need be and hang them on their own, or use them to draw attention to “floating” art e.g numbers, photos e.t.c.
You could also spray paint plastic/foam flowers of different sizes and stick them to a canvas. It’s a great way to quickly create interest on a plain wall without spending much.
Play with contrasting materials to create a unique look, like setting a glass vase on a wooden table such as in the image above.
You could also create interest with texture as in the Scandinavian bedroom above. A range of textures, from the natural wood to the touch-me throw and rug, add depth and comfort.
Use a great wallpaper to punch up an old shelving unit by papering the inside back section.
Be Inspired 🙂