1. Hang Sheer Curtains
Switch out your heavy winter drapes for light, flowing materials. Try whites, light greys, and subtle pastels for an easily matching colour scheme. If you’re feeling more confident, play around with designs, flowers, or other patterns on different gauzy backgrounds. Don’t limit yourself to covering windows! Sheer curtains can be used as bed canopies, “walls” for your back deck or patio, and room dividers. Try hanging some fairy lights to shine through- but be careful of fire hazards! Check here for some inspiration! (Photo: lovegrowswild.com)
2. Incorporate Driftwood
Although (sadly) every day can’t be spent at the beach, you can bring the beach home with you with driftwood decorations! What better way to decorate your house? Driftwood makes for thousands of simple and effective DIY decorations. The natural look will automatically make any room feel lighter, and offers the perfect blend of modern and rustic. Re-purpose the treasures your kids bring home into picture frames, candle holders, clocks, and more! Small crafts like these are the perfect way to spend the afternoon with your kids, and the end results are great memories decorating your house. Don’t have kids? Tackle a more difficult project with a friend or family member! Gather bigger pieces to turn into furniture such as coffee tables, coat racks, or dining room lights like this one! (From 52 Ideas to Use Driftwood, digsdigs.com)
3. Switch Up Your Walls!
Get creative with your walls as well! While there is plenty to be said for traditional paintings, there are so many other great options for wall decoration. One of our favourite ideas is printing and framing a map! The map can be a nod to your birthplace, the location of your destination wedding- you name it! For the kitchen or kids room, why not add an easy chalkboard wall? You can buy chalkboard paint at the Home Depot or similar stores, and a few coats is all it takes to transform your wall! Write out grocery lists, cover your playroom walls with doodles, or put up tonight’s “menu” when you have friends over. (Photo: freshome.com)
4. Plants, Plants, Plants!
We love plants. Plants will freshen the air in your home, releasing oxygen and removing toxins from the air. Herb and vegetable gardens are a great way to satisfy your inner chef and interior designer. And, with the emergence of trends like cactus terrariums and air plants, they really are for everyone- even if you don’t have the greenest of thumbs! Try growing indoor vines for tranquil rainforest vibes- it’s easier than you think! For the true beginner, start with bright red and orange cacti, or a money tree. If you’re looking for a challenge, try stringing a sweet potato vine on wire across your kitchen ceiling! Large potted plants help pull a room together, making your living room feel more homey, and adding the perfect fresh touch to your kitchen. Try this video tutorial on air plants- easy, low maintenance plants that you can place just about anywhere! Hang them from the ceiling, attach them to wood for a quick wall deco, or simply place them on your bedside table. No matter what your style, plants are always the answer! (Photo: craftionary.net)