We've all felt the pinch of the struggling economy, especially in our everyday lives. Many of us are experiencing a shift in the way we think about and spend money. The great thing is, through the challenges and trials we face in life, we find the opportunity for growth and expansion. People are taking more time to learn to use what they already have, to recycle, reuse and add to. What might seem at first to be a shortage, or lack of, can actually be an opportunity to be creative.
For instance, you might look around your livingroom and think I don't like my furniture, my sofa and loveseat are boring and that end table is just plain ugly! If buying new furniture is just not in your budget right now, adding a few accessories can make a big improvement.
An easy way to start is with some decorative throw pillows. Just adding some contrasting throw pillows to a sofa, loveseat or chair brings new textures and color to the piece. A decorative throw blanket can have the same effect, in addition to the pillows. You can also use a decorative throw over an endtable or nightstand to completely change the look of a piece of furniture that you can't or don't want to replace.
One of the easiest ways to change the look of a room is by adding or changing the wall decor. If you love oil paintings but can't afford an original piece of art, buying a printed copy is a good alternative. There are endless styles and choices of different wall decor and whether buying something new or searching for lost treasures in yard sales, you can use your own creativity by making your own frames, combining items to create new decor and figuring out new and inventive ways of displaying the decor that you create. Browsing through blogs is a great way to find ideas and inspiration, as so many creative and talented people are using blogs to communicate and express their wonderfully creative ideas.
Lighting is another way to enhance the look of any room in your home. Starting with the basics, candles and decorative candle holders including wall sconces are an excellent way to add accent lighting and a warm, cozy atmosphere. The primordial glow of a flame seems to evoke a sense of peace and comfort, perhaps going back to ancient times when fire provided light in the darkness as well as warmth from the cold. Table lamps, floor lamps, chandeliers and hanging pendant lamps and lanterns have the dual purpose of providing general, task and accent lighting while also being objects of decor themselves.
Other decorative accessories that help enhance your space include indoor fountains, art glass, collectible figurines, decorative vases, wall tapestries, pottery, clocks, mirrors, copper tiles and panels and the list goes on and on. While you can certainly spend a small fortune on decorative accessories for your home, you can also find creative ways to recycle or reuse just about anything sitting on the curb on garbage pick-up day. All you really need to become your own decorator is the desire to create.