The difference between bare walls and decorated walls can be astounding. Just one photo, poster, or mirror can change the mood in an entire room. While I dream of someday hanging priceless works of art on my walls, budget doesn’t have to hold me back from style. Below are some ways you can cheaply decorate your space.
Re-use glass bottles as vases:
In my room, I keep forsythia in mismatched glass soda bottles on either side of my record player. I occasionally splurge on overpriced lemonade and soda when I find an interesting flavor, and then reuse the aesthetically pleasing bottles as vases. Particularly, Italian sodas tend to come in cute bottles and unusual flavors.
One option: Fentiman’s Rose Lemonade is particularly Instagram-able, and can be easily found at most grocery stores.
I use this bottle of Belvoir Elderflower and Rose Lemonade as a vase-I particularly love the roses that peek out on the inside of the label.
Milk jugs, wine bottles, and mason jars work just as well in bringing a rustic element to your room.
Hang Up Art Prints
Art prints are a cheaper alternative to the real deal. There are hundreds of online vendors and millions of artists and designers selling their work every day. Websites like Society6 and Redbubble allow users to submit their own designs, which can be used on not only posters, but phone cases, stickers, pillows, etc. The huge quantity of options on these websites really allows you to customize your room. You can find prints relating to your favorite band, tv show, or book, or simple designs that you can match with the rest of the decor in your room.
This print made by Society6 user Sofia Bonati is absolutely beautiful:
Obvious State sells a variety of literary-themed art prints and photographs.
I personally love their line of floral prints featuring quotes from Romantic Poets….
…and their “Wanderlust Collection”, featuring quotes from classic novels.
Obvious State sells literary-themed photo prints as well. This one adds a Parisian influence and a pop of bright color to any room:
Framing the prints makes them appear “fancier” or more expensive, but they still look great on their own.
Other Miscellaneous Tips:
Fairly lights are hugely popular now: hang them around your bed or along your walls-they will make your room feel cozier when its dark out. Add a candle or two to increase that comfortable mood.
Succulent and cacti plants are inexpensive and trendy, and they are also super low-maintenance, which is great if you tend to be a neglectful plant parent!
Hang maps, postcards, and other memorabilia on your walls to personalize your space!
I collect vintage postcards and have hung some on my wall, giving the room an antique, bohemian feel. In my dorm room, I hung up a small map of New York City–framing the map made it look much more professional. Hanging up the map reminded me of my past travels and great experiences every day.
I hope these tips help you to cheaply add a stylish and personal touch to your living space. Let us know how you decorate your rooms in the comments!