A house is a collection of items – be it furniture or appliances – organised around certain functions and stylistically unified by interior design elements.
A home, on the other hand, is a collection of emotions, memories, and senses – feelings of safety, joy, relaxation, nostalgia, and bright hopes.
It’s when we add emotions and positive associations to “stuff” that they come together to create a home.
A terrific way to do so is by decorating you wall. In fact, no matter how exquisitely decorated your home is, if the walls are completely naked, the balance of the space will always feel off.
Luckily, there is a myriad of ways to decorate and personalise a wall, irrespective of its size.
The best part is that you can do it on any budget.
So today we’d like to share a few ideas that will allow you to create gorgeous, trendy customised wall decors with modest resources.
Photos & Memorabilia
Design a Picture Wall
Creating a picture wall is one of the easiest ways to customise your wall décor in terms of size and colour accents.
The trick when creating a picture wall lies in organisation.
Before putting a single nail in your wall, decide on the pattern of the frames.
It’s this intentionality and structure that elevate the style and make a gallery wall look chic and polished.
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You can purchase picture frames of any size at Ikea for as little as £3/piece.
Take it to the next level and further customise your frames by painting them a colour that best matches your interior design.
Here you will find a few useful tips on how to create a picture gallery on your wall.
Build a Ledge Display
Another simple, yet striking, way to display photos, drawings, and other memorabilia is on a ledge.
The added advantage over a gallery wall is that you can mix and match framed items with such décor elements as candles, books, vases, plants, signs, and souvenirs from your travels.
You can either purchase picture ledges for £5-10/piece or you can go the DIY route and build them yourself in the exact size you want. Here is a great tutorial that will teach you the process.
Remember that the key to a stylish ledge display is balance.
That applies to the size of items on display and their colours. You can’t go wrong with picture frames in the same colour.
However, a long ledge with all frames in the same size can look uninspiring.
Overlapping frames gives cohesion to your display, while adding too many items on a ledge makes it look crowded.
We recommend browsing Pinterest or Instagram for a couple of hours to source ideas before you get started.
From improving air quality, to reducing background noise, to adding warmth to the interior design – there are various benefits to having house plants. So why not decorate your wall with them? There are a number of different ways you can go about it. For example:
Place them in geometric bookshelves
Add smaller plants to picture ledges
DIY or purchase macramé hangers
Buy wall terrariums (you can find plenty of affordable options on Etsy)
Yes, they should be aesthetically pleasing.
However, do some research on what indoor plants are best suited for your climate, how much maintenance they require, and what level of sun exposure they need.
Adding paintings to your walls gives a more sophisticated vibe to your space, especially if it’s an original piece.
The great news is that art can be affordable. Here you have two options: buy or DIY.
There are numerous places where you can purchase original pieces for any taste without breaking the bank.
Etsy is certainly one resource. Others include Society6, Papermash, and Zatista.
You can also make a painting yourself and, guess what, you don’t have to be an artist to create something beautiful. It’s all about commitment and patience.
Painting geometric patterns is one of the easiest types of art work for beginners, but you will find an endless list of DIY tutorials once you start searching.
If you are more into a vintage/retro/rustic look, hit the nearest market and vintage stores.
We bet you can find a huge selection of old signs and plaques from restaurants, coffee shops, and storefronts.
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However, don’t just purchase random signs and hang them up on your walls.
Just like anything in your décor, it should be intentional and thematically thought-out.
Check out this article for inspiration on decorating your home with vintage signs.
Also, be careful with neon signs as they can easily make your space look like a frat house.
That doesn’t mean that you can’t incorporate brightly lit vintage signs into your décor.
In fact, if done right, they can add a mesmerizing pop of colour to your interior.
When decorating on a budget, you must always remember that the goal is to make this décor look way more expensive than it actually is.
Allocating a limited budget means making up for it with creativity, patience, and careful planning.
Luckily, you can find a project for any skill level, so you don’t have to be an experienced craftsman to create a truly spectacular wall décor.