The winter months can get dismal. Bringing some new, brightly colored design aspects into your home can pick things up. Unfortunately, the holidays don’t leave many people with a lot of money sitting around. Follow these tips for decorating deals that will add spice to your space.
Empty Picture Frames
This is a great (and inexpensive) way to add color to your corridors. Old wooden picture frames can be found very cheaply in thrift or craft stores, antique malls and dumpsters. You can easily match a grouping of odd frames by painting them a common color. (Choose something bright for winter) Doing this will also cover-up all the scratches and dents 2nd hand frames usually have.
There are a number of ways to hang these. I like to plan the wall before I hang. Lay your frames in a desired formation on the floor; then, cover with a large sheet of paper. Make a mark on the paper where each frame would need a hanger, then tape your paper to the wall. This should create a template for where you need to install hardware. You can hang frames with nails, Velcro or command strip hooks. After the hangers are up, tear down the paper and place your frames.
In a similar vein to the picture frames, real (cheap) gems can be found if you are willing to hunt. Check out garage sales, antiques malls and thrift stores for some great buys. You don’t have to take on a substantial project, think small. A scratched-up end table or even reclaimed doll furniture can all work. Give them a little life and they’ll add a ton to your space. Before you paint your new treasure clean it thoroughly. You may not need to sand the entire piece before painting, but you should sand around the edges of drawers and doors. Too many layers of paint can keep them from closing properly. You may even want to sand away parts of your fresh paint job after the fact, to stay loyal to the antique feel.
The winter is sparse for fresh plants. That’s why people began dressing their homes with evergreen trees and boughs so long ago. But just because it is winter outside does mean is has to be inside. If you have a woody-stemmed tree or shrub on your property that blossoms in the spring (or know of one that wouldn’t mind giving up a few limbs) then prune off some branches. Cut limbs to your desired length. I prefer boughs not much thicker than a pencil but still 18-30 inches in length. Recut the ends at a 45-degree angle before placing them in a vase of tepid water. From here, try to recreate spring to trick the plants into blooming. They’ll do best with 50 to 60-degree temperatures and being misted often. You can cover them with a garbage bag to encourage the process, just keep them out of direct sunlight. Once they bloom, treat them as you would a regular bouquet, changing the water often.
Holly is a stay-at-home mother, crock-pot cooker and decorating pack rat. She spends her days revamping furniture, blogging and hiding new lamps in the attic. Holly has never seen a deal she didn’t like.