Want to spruce up your abode, but don’t have the budget for a major renovation? There are some low-cost ways to change the look of any room without breaking the bank. Here are five easy tips on how to decorate on a dime.

 

Hang Plates

Hang unique and colourful plates on the wall to make a fresh wall arrangement. Mix up the sizes, colours and textures of the plates to create a stunning visual display. Place the most dramatic and eye-catching plate toward the center. You can find many vintage plates at garage sales and thrift stores for less than $5. Take a cue from your plates to come up with a shape for your arrangement and let that be a guide for your design. For a free-floating look, you can use heavy-duty, peel-and-stick Disc Hangers, which are available in range of sizes. The other option is using a traditional wire plate hanger. In both cases, you'll need to hammer a nail into the wall to hang it from. Make sure to adjust your marks on the wall according to where the plate hanger's hook is.

Hang Plates

 

Create Candle Clusters

Candle clusters look best when spread across a spacious surface, like a coffee tables. The size of the candles should be proportional to the size of the surface. Design a candle arrangement by grouping four or five different candles of the same color in glass plates or containers. Clusters of candles can also mean combining candelabras and candlesticks to create creative centerpieces.

Create Candle Clusters

 

Make a Statement with an Accent Wall

One of the speediest and cheapest ways to give a room a new look is by painting an accent wall with a high-contrast color. Accent walls are also a great way to create a defined area in a multi-functional space (such as an open-concept loft or studio apartment). To help you choose the best color for your accent wall, use a color from a pillow or your favorite painting as inspiration. Also ask yourself “How will it look with your main wall colour?” or “Would you enjoy living with accessories in that same color?”

Make a Statement with an Accent Wall

 

Bottle Up

Lighten up your living room with a DIY stained glass effect using colored glass jars. Display colored glass jars and vases on window sills. This is an easy and economically-friendly way to add color to your favourite room. Removable poster tape helps keep bottles in place, if you're concerned about them being knocked over. You can also add water and a fresh-cut flower to an empty bottle, or display stoppered bottles of oils and herbs used for cooking.

Bottle Up

 

Switch Your Cabinet Hardware

You’re able to add a whole new look to your existing furniture and cabinetry by simply changing cabinet handles, door knobs, and drawer pulls. Mix and match vintage cabinet hardware that you find at flea markets and garage sales to give an eclectic look. You can even go ahead and change your kitchen and/ or bathroom faucet handles for a quick, easy and cheap fix that can change the entire aesthetic of a room.

Switch Your Cabinet Hardware

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