How To: Do-It-Yourself Decorating

With the economy being the way it is today, who wants to dish out the cash for home décor? The correct answer is no one.

Get that perfect plush pad by using common items you already own and doing some bargain shopping. Embellish your living space in the blink of an eye. College students generally stay in dorms or in a rented space, which means painting is prohibited. Don’t settle for those basic white walls. There are alternatives to get around this rule. It’s simple.

Purchase a paper or linen canvas and pick out your favourite colour of paint and get creative. A typical canvas price ranges from $2.59- $99.99, and the paint only 99 cents- $ 3.

All these art supplies can be purchased at hobby stores. You don’t have to be a Picasso and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Make this a fun, creative project or make it a social project with friends. Just remember to have fun.

Pictures of family members, old high school friends or your favourite music artist can be used to make your space a timeless abode. From colour to black and white, pictures make any living space feel like home.

Katie Williams, a junior in apparel merchandising, said she printed off pictures she captured on her trip to Europe and had them enlarged and framed.

Instead of purchasing those pricey home décor pictures, she was able to save money by using her own pictures and purchasing frames from Target for only $20.

Local camera stores are also a good place to have pictures enlarged to poster size.

Relatives and friends are always willing to give away old furniture, but before you decline their offer think about the endless possibilities.

Ashley Strickland, a junior in interior design, said that her grandparents gave her an old chair which she repainted and reupholstered.

“It was very easy to do, and I saved a few bucks while doing it,” Strickland said.

This task is simple. Unscrew the cushion from the chair and paint the chair with the colour of your choice.

While the paint is drying, reupholster the cushion with a nice printed fabric. Secure the fabric by stapling it to the cushion with a staple gun and finally screw the cushion back to the repainted chair.

So before spending all that money on a $300 chair, visit your local thrift store, pick out a chair and make it your own.

Have fun with these inexpensive home décor ideas and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. The possibilities are endless. Happy Decorating.