Adding style to your home decorating can be easy, fast and free. Here are creative ideas to bring personality to any room, without spending any cash!

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Use fabric from clothing you no longer use. Pretty prints and textured sweaters make amazing pillow covers, can be used to recover chairs, and even as wall art! The Stone Gable Blog has a great tutorial on how to make sweater pillows.

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Renew your mats. No, not your door mats. Your picture mats! Cover them with paper, fabric or contact paper to give the room a jolt of freshness. Don’t have mats? Cut them from recycled cardboard and cover them. Use a straight edge and a utility knife. Make sure not to use a busy pattern, it takes away from the artwork. And of course, use a color accent that is part of your rooms’ scheme.  From ‘By Stephanie Lynn’, learn how to cover mats with fabric.

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Framed art. Anything can be framed. Remember, you probably already have frames filled with boring prints or old photos. Change it up! Frame maps, calendar pages, pretty fabric scraps, or even objects like old keys, your Grandmothers sugar spoons, or a collection of graphic labels.

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Use nature. Branches, flowers, seed pods…many things from nature can be displayed, and can be gotten for free. Just be sure you are not collecting irresponsibly.

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Tie it back. Get creative with your curtain tie backs. Bright scarves, belts or even jewelry will bump up the style quotient of your window treatments.

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Borrow from your linen closet. Sheets make terrific curtain panels, headboard covers, or table cloths.

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The kid’s art box. A marker and a little imagination is all it takes to add personality to a room. Need free graphics for your decorating, AND free tutorials on how to transfer them to your furniture, fabrics, etc? Visit The Graphics Fairy!

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Cover books with paper. You already have books, make them decor! Cover all your books with a pretty paper that matches your color scheme, or go natural and cover them in brown paper bags from the grocery store. (And you’re recycling!) Go to the Twig and Thistle to find out how they covered their books with decorative paper.

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Kitchen finds. So many things in the kitchen have decorative value, the trick is to use them purposefully. A collection of clear glass on the windowsill with a single flower in each one? A bowl full of fruits and veggies on the table? Platters, bowls and plates can be stacked and hung in almost any room of the house. Look through those cupboards with a new eye. See how Jenna Sue Design uses glassware, below.

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Image Credits: Elle Decor, Stone Gable Blog, By Stephanie Lynn, BHG, Pinterest, BHG, Twig and Thistle, Jenna Sue Design


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6 Comments

  1. winnie July 16, 2014 at 6:01 am

    i would like to join you people thanks. i want to know more about fabric decoration. i love that

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  2. Marietta July 20, 2014 at 6:21 am

    I love this site ,I am a tinkerer by nature and the ideas are right up my alley…….

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  3. Leah January 23, 2015 at 4:18 am

    This was a great article. Too many decorating articles start with the idea of go and spend. Sometimes you need a fresh look and your purse is squinched. It is great to see these no cost new perspective solutions. Good on you guys!
    One of my meditations is to wander/wonder through goodwill and think of how many ways one can repurpose a cheapo item with a bit of life in it. Frugal decorating can be fun, creative and beautiful. One of my favorite projects was taking a fugly wedding dress and cutting it down for a “lounging robe” beaded, bejewelled and surprising comfortable. I’ve also done a plant stand into a birdbath and a kitchen rolling microwave cart into a fancy corner bar for the living room. Creativity doesn’t cost a dime and thrifting is a very cool way to get a unique (cough cheap cough) base to work with.

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    1. Vicki April 4, 2015 at 9:01 am

      Beautiful ideas!

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  4. Deepali May 25, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    hey amazing ideas, planning to decorate my new house would like to know more

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  5. Richard November 28, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    amazing idea. hope to make one of them.

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