I’m a big fan of finding ways to decorate for less but not skimp on impact and loving the end product. Decorating can be expensive and I’m sure that, like me, there have been times when you’ve felt another cent simply cannot be added to a space. Sadly, wall displays get taken off the list. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve walked into a beautifully furnished room with bare walls. Such a shame! Well I’m here to help you see that you likely have treasures already lying around the house just waiting to add to your décor. With a few easy tricks, you’ll have your walls looking amazing in no time!
We obviously hold on to things we love the most. Random items that we can’t part with but we’re not sure what to do with. Instead of adding to your décor they actually cause clutter. These things reflect who you are and tell a story, which for me is what decorating is about. I think you should genuinely adore the space you call home and people who enter your house should get a feel for who you are. Go through old boxes and dig to the bottom of your drawers to see what you’ve kept. It’s time to love your walls!
Postcards are such a fabulous and inexpensive way to decorate. They cost next to nothing but the memories associated with them are priceless. Think of all those trips with adventure and smiles! Create a travel wall with postcards you’ve saved over time or pick up a few new ones to easily fill a large space. I like the idea of floating the postcards when mounting them to add a little extra pizazz. Also use a larger-sized mat to make your piece feel more expensive than it actually is.
Seashells are another wonderful and yes…free decorating solution. Who would have thought that you were working on your home design as you strolled along the beach collecting shells! Trips to the beach have always been a family favorite of ours so I literally have bags of shells hanging in my garage. The wall above my love seat needed a little extra attention and nothing in stores appealed to me, or my price range. So out came the shells for a custom designed piece that I absolutely adore! This uses our very own Robert’s cut to create a box effect to give the depth needed to house the shells and allowed me to choose the molding I wanted. I decided on a more expensive frame since my shell art was a focal point in my living room and my shells cost nothing!
Books make fantastic wall art for any room and they’re something we all have. I have a stack of books from my childhood that I cherish but am reluctant to add to my children’s collection for fear of getting them destroyed. Frame them up and hang them in a child’s room, playroom or library nook for a personal touch.
I also love what antique books can bring to a room, especially in a kitchen, and they don’t have to cost a lot. This old cookbook was purchased for under $5 at an antique store and looks amazing all framed up!
Wallpaper, fabric or beautiful sheets of craft paper are so beautiful these days. The colors and designs truly look like art so no wonder scraps don’t get thrown away! When framed and grouped you instantly create interest to a room, making your item feel special. Because you’re cutting the fabric or paper to size, you have complete range on how big or small you’d like the piece to be (of course depending on how much of it you’ve stored away) so you can inexpensively cover a larger wall for big impact or add that perfect bit of colour to a smaller space.
You don’t need a lot of money to love your walls, just some creativity and imagination! Tag us @leframeshoppe with some of your creative designs!