Rekindle your youthful spirit with fantabulous home décor
You might be working full time in that high-end office building or immersing yourself in more mature culture, but that doesn’t mean you must set aside what inspired or amused you in your youth. If there’s one place where you can take a break from facing serious matters and feeling old every day, it would be your home. Come check out these awesome ideas on how to revive the energy and creativity of your youth.
Bought or Made
As with anything worthwhile, remodeling or redecorating takes time. Exactly how much time you need to set aside for your home improvement project depends largely on whether you prefer to purchase the décor or make it yourself. If it’s the former, it won’t take up so much time because you only need to install hooks or nails where you would attach art or clean up a bit to allocate space for the décor. However, if you choose to make your own because you can’t find one that matches what you want, plan ahead and set aside enough time to implement your plans.
Scale the Space
The first thing you have to decide on before implementing plans is how much space will be allocated for your art. Would you like to keep the décor in your bedroom so only those permitted may see it? How about showing off the awesome art to anyone who visits by displaying it in the living room? Perhaps you wish to have a sense of uniformity by adding bits and pieces in every room. If you have to create a draft design on paper, do it. Your sketch may help you decide on what to do. By determining the size of the room you’ll be working on, you will also have an idea of the amount of materials you will need.
Get Your Hands Dirty
By dirty, we mean the good, colorful kind that will give you a chance to express your creativity. Choose your medium: would you rather use recycled materials or a new canvas? Perhaps you’d rather display print-outs and cut-outs than paint on the walls. It’s up to you how to utilize your space based on your vision. Here are some décor and wall art you may want to try out if you’re still unsure of your design:
1. Framed Art
Collect different frame sizes or make new frames out of wood or cardboard. You can frame photos of yourself, your family, the landscape, or any shot you took. If you don’t want to display your photos, you can frame your doodles and sketches. You can even ask your artistic friends to sketch something for you and have them sign it so you can frame and display it on your wall of art.
2. Themed Rooms
Create different moods in every room by decorating it differently. Imagine a bold and serious black-and-white home office or a colorful living room. That way, you can easily get into the proper mood as soon as you enter the room.
3. Inner Peace Rooms
Do you want a room where you can easily go into your dream retreat? Now you can do that by either posting photos of amazing places or painting the imagined places your mind wanders to when it wants to relax.
4. Strategic Designs
You don’t always have to remodel an entire room to create a big impact. You can choose a specific theme and decorate a specific part of your home with it. For instance, you can paint the outside of doors to look like different places (e.g., desert, sea, space, etc.). It doesn’t even have to be realistic. You can choose your favorite places in the world, including fictional ones. If that is still too much for you, choose a character that you can place in specific areas of the room. It can even be a stress reliever for you or a game for your guests. Challenge them to find Waldo in every room in your home. Just make sure you really paint him in strategic locations.
5. Compounded Art
You don’t have to create or prepare a huge wall of art at once. You can draw art one at a time, at any time inspiration urges you to. It doesn’t necessarily have to be themed right away because by the time you finish painting your entire wall, perhaps after a month or a year, your art would tell a story all on its own. Start small, start simple.
6. Functional and Decorative
Do you have an extra string of Christmas lights lying around somewhere? How about a silk screen or canvas? Here’s an idea: combine those two and turn it into a nightlight or ambient light. Just use a stencil to leave the design on the silk screen and carefully attach the Christmas lights behind it. When you plug in the lights, voila!, you have cool lighting for your room! Check out instructions on how to make this at DIY Projects Journal.
7. Inspiring Words
If you don’t feel you have the skills of an artist, put up words that inspire you, instead. You’ll only need a stencil for that and that’s not as difficult to make. It may be a big quote painted on your wall or a framed word cloud using print-outs or cut-outs from magazines.
8. Collector’s Heaven
If you’re more of a collector than an artist, display your collection. It doesn’t matter if you’re collecting stamps or action figures. Just frame or encase them and put them up to be admired. You can even add special lighting to the case to give it your desired effect.
May is known as the Creative Beginnings Month. So what are you waiting for? Use your creativity and begin a project or two. Who knows, you might even discover a special talent you didn’t think you have.
How about you? How would you decorate an empty wall?by