Whether it’s a brand new home or a more traditional property, every house needs some love. You may have just moved in and are looking for fresh ideas. You may have been living there for years and decided it’s time for a change. Whatever your situation, home decor is very important.
It’s all very well and good wanting to decorate something, but you may be out of ideas. There are a million things you could do to that kitchen, but how do you know what to go with? How do you know the finished product will gel with the rest of the house? It can be tricky to get right, and since most changes are irreversible, can be risky.
Your garden is important too, so don’t leave that part out. Whether it’s a finely trimmed lawn or a festering collection of weeds, give it some attention. Summer is just around the corner, so having a space to spend in the warm weather would be a fine treat.
So, if you’re out of ideas, you should carry on reading. This post will run through several wonderful house/garden decor ideas that you may have neglected. The perfect home won’t appear overnight, you’ll have to work for it! Luckily, the finished product will be more than worth the effort.
Quirky Wallpaper Ideas
It’s often the first thing people notice when they walk into a home. Your wallpaper is such a huge part of that living space that it can be hard to ignore. Many people will opt for some basic cream wallpaper with a feature wall – and that’s fine! It works beautifully. That being said, some quirkier ideas can add more personality to an otherwise standard looking home.
One other thing people notice when they first come over is the lighting. So, why not combine your lighting and wallpaper? Believe it or not, but you can actually buy LED wallpaper (see here https://www.ingo-maurer.com/en/products/led-wallpaper). This can be an awesome way to spruce up a tired room area. It can also be good for a chill out room, or a movie theater room. It’s a talking point that can revitalize even the most tired looking of living spaces.
Additionally, LED wallpaper can help save money on your energy bill. It looks beautiful to turn the lights off and let your walls do the talking, saving you cash in the process. It’s not always easy to add style without breaking the bank, but this is one awesome way to do so! Pro tip: consider combining your LED wallpaper with some starry ceiling paint. The bright lights combined with the stars can give the illusion that you’re soaring through space.
Aside from this, there are a number of other brilliant wallpaper ideas. You can get some that mimics a bookshelf or an entire city. For the kids, or the younger people out there, superhero wallpaper is a safe bet. Having Iron Man plastered all over your bedroom walls is a sight that will never get old.
All in all, just consider who will see the wall most. If it’s your living room, then a simple texture will probably suffice. The extravagant stuff should be saved for your spare rooms and bedrooms, which makes it feel all the more special.
Fencing, Decking and Creating a Garden Seating Space
Putting chairs up on the lawn is disastrous for a number of reasons. One, if it’s a damp day, you’ll have to walk over a muddy lawn to get to the chair. Two, it can damage your finely pruned grass, the chair legs slowly sinking into the earth below. So, it may be time to upgrade your garden with a nice seating area – protecting that lawn in the process.
Decking is a great idea for those that have a sloped garden. It can be a great way to level it out and provide a seating area in the process. Look at some beautiful ideas like this one, with the plants dotted about and the bench to the side. You don’t have to have a huge garden, either; smaller spaces can be built that resemble a small patio.
Fencing to lace your seating area also has a number of benefits, especially if you like to play sports in your garden. Fencing can shield the seating from any balls being thrown or kicked at it, which can cause breaks in the wood over time. Additionally, a fence can provide additional protection if it’s a windy day, making sure that cold air doesn’t hit you.
Once you have that wood built, make sure you look after it. It’ll be an expensive investment, so be sure to make it a long-term one. A site like http://www.collegiatepainters.com/ can give you a ton of information on wood protection. The benefits are numerous, and include saving it from the damaging effects of snow and rain. I’d also recommend reinforcing the base of your fencing with stones or bricks. This can stop them swaying in strong winds
A garden is a communal area, a place to relax in over summer and soak up those rays. It’s a waste to not be able to sit in it, so laying down those benches should be a top priority of yours.
Unique Home Storage Solutions
Storage is often the number one thing people struggle with. You may have belongings you don’t want to throw out, but don’t really need. You’ve run out of drawers, and out of space, and those books are now strewn across the floor.
Luckily, it doesn’t have to be this way. It’s time to get creative and think up some spacing ideas! Hanging a chair up on a wall may sound like an odd idea, but it works. It has the twofold benefit of being an extra seat should you need one, and acting as a pseudo shelf. Win/win.
These quirky ideas don’t end there. How about combining your mirror with a shelf for a perfect all-in-one solution? You can keep all your beauty products here for extra tidiness. When you pick up that hairbrush, where do you usually go? The mirror. Already having the brush there kills two birds with one stone, as it were.
Not everybody likes owning stacks and stacks of bland wooden drawers, and that’s understandable. Replace them with canvas baskets instead, for a number of reasons. One, they’re easier to store should you need to move home or hide them temporarily. You won’t have to dismantle a chest of drawers to do so!
Secondly, because they’re made of fabric, they open themselves up to a whole host of unique looking patterns. Whether you’re prone to zebra stripes or something else entirely, there will always be something that fits your style.
On top of this, canvas storage is a hell of a lot cheaper than buying a chest of drawers, or a cabinet. You can pick up a small fabric basket for as little as £10, where a good wooden set of drawers will set you back at least £30. Getting your home to look perfect doesn’t have to break the bank, after all!
Still Stuck? Browse Social Media for Inspiration
Visual based sites such as Pinterest and Instagram are gold mines in this particular scenario. They’re driven by pictures, and can give you that perfect look at the decor you’ve always dreamed of.
Pinterest even has a section dedicated to quirky home decor ideas. While not everything you see here will work right for your home, it can be worth a quick browse. You may find an idea that you never thought of, or an improvement on a particular house area that appeals to you.
A lot of the time, these pictures will also link straight to a product, so you won’t have to scramble around looking for it. Many companies use Instagram and Pinterest for this very reason, so keep your eye open for them. Be sure to ‘pin’ anything you like and come back to it later!
So, if you’ve followed the above tips, you’re probably well on your way to the home of your dreams. If you already have a dream home, great! But as the saying goes, there’s always room for improvement. Evaluate the needs of each room and focus on what could be done to make it stand out.
One final tip; mind that budget. Many household jobs can be done yourself, without hiring anybody else to do it. Yes it would save you a job, but think about that bank balance. On top of this, many of the decor ideas I mentioned are cheaper than their bland counterparts, and can save cash. That LED wallpaper will cut your energy bill, and decking spray can make that wood last a lifetime. Consider your costs carefully folks! Is that race car bed really worth it?
Do you have any quirky home decor ideas?
What about that poor old garden? Sound off in the comments section below!