1. Ask your artistic friends if they have any paintings that no longer want. You can get art wire on the cheap, and use those removable wall hooks to place art strategically around your walls. Generally, the centre of a painting should be at eye level, but rules were made to be broken!
2. Fresh flowers! It’s probably rude, but I like to pick flowers from gardens I see while I walk home. Yeah, like flowers from bushes in front of people houses. It’s free, but don’t go telling peope I do this! I mean, you could always go to the grocery store, but that’s expensive, and this is sprucing things up on the cheap!
3. Glass containers. I love, love, love glass containers for storing everything from my lipgloss collection, to cups for pens. It is a cheap and easy way to instantly make a storage solution elegant. Comb through local thrift stores, garage sales and your parent’s basement to see what they’ve got to offer.
4. Decorate with books. No, not your textbooks. I’m talking all your favourite leisure books. Grab two bookends, which you probably have lying around anyway, then line up your favourite books along a desk. Arrange them in some sort of clever fashion. (I like to do height order, but colour order looks much more chic and takes much more time than I have patience for. ) Put a glass vase (see tip #3) on each end, fill with flowers (see tip #2) and you have an instant visual interest piece that doubles as a storage solution and triples as making you looks like a smart kid who reads.
5. Paste up pictures, notes, tape stolen flowers to your wall, etc. Change the elements often and keep the edges of your scrapbook fluid and uneven. If you’ve ever watched a PogoBat video on YouTube, you’ve seen this idea in action. If not, take a look at the wall behind Dan Brown’s head in this video:
6. (Bonus tip) I got this tip from a friend who’s landlord was a bit of a lazy bum: cover holes in your walls with strategically placed posters. So those are my tips for decorating on the cheap. Do you have any?