By Arwa Muffadal Taibali
The easiest and least expensive way to decorate your home is to use things you already have hidden in the depths of your house. Some of these items might need a little updating, and others will simply need to be cleaned up and properly displayed. Instead of spending money on something new, search through your closets and drawers to find items that can be recycled into beautiful works of art.
Decorating this way doesn’t just save money. It also saves the environment by keeping your rediscovered treasures out of a landfill. It’s fun to turn things you don’t like into treasures that you love.
Display Your Favourite Things
Do you have pretty dishes you love that just sit in the cabinet waiting for special occasions to be used? Instead of hiding these pieces, display them in your home such as beautiful plates.
Use Paint in Unexpected Ways
Transform something old and dreary into something stunning and new with a fresh coat of paint. Paint is typically used to give a face lift to lackluster walls. Painting walls undoubtedly makes a bold statement and can add style to any room. Painting one wall or a whole room takes less than a day. Don’t feel like you have to paint all the walls in a room the same color. Just painting one wall adds a nice accent to a room.
Create Photo Collages
If you’re like me, you have lots of family photos hidden in the closet that have never been framed. Pull them out, select five or six, and plan a photo collage for the wall.. Buy some inexpensive frames, or reuse frames you already have. Arrange the framed pictures on the wall in groups. Use mats that match your home décor to bring in some color. This is an easy project that can be done in less than a day if you already have the pictures. You will enjoy seeing photos of your friends and family displayed on your walls.
The article was originally published in a 2012 issue of Daily Times Tanzania.
Arwa Muffadal Taibali graduated from the University of Nairobi with a Degree in Bachelors of Arts, specializing in Interior Design. Arwa sees life as a journey to learn, and grow. She feels grateful for all the knowledge she has acquired in her field and only wishes to spread her creativity with others. She currently lives in Dar es Salaam and has started her own interior designing firm called, Ezzy Interiors.