Yes, you all knew I was going to say that, but try something a little different this year. Learn to sponge paint or rag roll, tape off wide stripes in a different shade of the same color, combine a painted wall with stamping or stenciling.
Use a rich color in at least one room, and paint your ceilings and woodwork too -- or try that brave new color on a key piece of furniture.
2. Use fabric
Fabric can be expensive, but there are ways to cut the costs dramatically. Shop your thrift stores for sheets, blankets and quilts to use as tablecloths and window coverings.
Also check the bargain bin at the local fabric store. They often have beautiful fabrics at discount prices simply because they have been discontinued, or are off-cuts that are too small to use for a big project. Use cheap muslin, then add a border of a decorative fabric to save lots of cash.
You can try using worn sweaters to stitch up a throw pillow cover. You may find many uses for good-quality clothing that doesn't fit or can't be worn because of an isolated stain. Once, I used a "never to be used again" maternity blouse to create gorgeous silk pillows for my living room. Look in your closets and linen chest for items in your color scheme that can be pressed into service.
3. Cover the matting in your wall art with colorful paper or fabric to coordinate with your room
And you don't have to limit the fabric to the matting -- many fabrics are works of art in and of themselves. Some have very unique dye patterns, such as batik fabric from India, which will make your artwork one-of-a-kind.
Don't stop there, though -- you can also paint your picture frames. This will bring color and interest to your walls, guides the eye upward, and ties your room together.
4. Look for accessories at the local dollar store
Many colorful candles, baskets, bowls, and statuettes can be found for just a buck. You may be surprised at what you can pick up for very little cash.
5. Add plants
Every room comes alive with plants, and they add a neutral but uplifting amount of color to your home.
Think you have no green thumb? Sprout carrot tops, ivy cuttings from the yard, or potato cuttings, then pot up and put in a brightly lit spot. Even if your thumb fails you, they cost you nothing, and can easily be grown again.
Once you start to train your eye to see that there are decor ideas everywhere, you will discover more and more ways to beautifully feather your nest.
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