This post in the Everyday Creativity series is all about finding ways to be creative when decorating your home. Our homes are basically a blank canvas for us and there are lots of ways for us all (even renters!) to make a place our own and get creative at the same time.
The Everyday Creativity Series
Welcome to the fourth post in the Everyday Creativity series! The first post was all about finding creativity in keeping in touch with friends and family and the second looked at creativity in cooking and baking. The third post focused on finding creativity through the gifts we give.
Creativity can be found in almost any task and pretty much any person. Too many people think they aren’t creative just because they can’t paint watercolour masterpieces. There are so many other ways to be creative, and that’s what I’ve been looking at in this blog series.
Being creative in your everyday life and tasks is no less creative than sitting down to create something just because you can. Life is busy these days, so let’s find the creative moments where we can, rather than writing off the mundane tasks as dull and uncreative.
With that in mind, I planned out this blog series to look at how we might find creativity in the everyday. As well as today’s post, I have another five articles planned for this blog series:
But now, on to today’s post…
Getting Creative While Decorating Your Home
There are so many ways you can get creative when it comes to decorating your home. And best of all – perhaps most important of all – it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to do.
In fact, some of the most fun projects cost very little, and there’s nothing more satisfying than making something beautiful out of things you already have around the house.
(I can’t be the only person who has ever looked at a tutorial and been really excited to give it a go only to realise that I’d need to buy several items to make it. And one thing is really expensive. That really takes the shine off it…)
There are some amazingly simple but effective things you can make to brighten up your walls. A great example of this is the abstract painted canvas that I made recently for our living room. All you need is a large canvas, some acrylic paint, and a bit of time (the hands-on time isn’t that much but it does need to dry after each new colour).
Every home has fabric items to make it cosy and comfy. You might have cushions on the sofa, a tablecloth on your dining table, curtains at the window, a quilt on your bed, an apron and oven glove in the kitchen, a draught excluder at the front door… You get the picture.
Making these items yourself is a great way to make something unique for your home. You’ll also be able to make something that is exactly to your taste.
And when the time comes where you want a change, you’ll be able to knock up an alternative that you can switch to without having to go on multiple painful shopping trips looking for the perfect item.
A sewing machine will make creating these items so much quicker and easier, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t sew them by hand. Although I would say that the hand sewing method is best for the more patient amongst us… (Ahem, not me.)
Whether you like your knick knacks and ornaments or you prefer a more minimalist approach to decoration, chances are that you want things around you that look good.
It’s also totally possible to make functional, practical items look pretty. You could decorate the frame of a plain mirror. You could use some twine or ribbon to tie sticks or dried flowers around plain tealight holders (making sure nothing dangles into the tealight holder where it might catch on fire!).
And I also have this handy tutorial for painting a plant pot to make it a little more interesting than that plain terracotta colour.
Upcycling Old Furniture
This is where you can carry out some of your most satisfying work. There’s nothing like turning an old/ugly/outdated/all of the above piece of furniture into something beautiful again.
And these pieces of furniture are often available really cheaply, as they’re waiting for someone just like you with the imagination and creativity to perk them up.
These projects often take a bit more time and require a bit more equipment, but the results can be stunning. An electric sander can be really useful, as is sandpaper, chalk paint, paintbrushes, and wax to finish.
Because upcycling furniture can be time-consuming, I think it’s probably best to start small. An end table or a wooden stool are great places to start, as they can be completed in a relatively short time. If it turns out that upcycling really isn’t your thing, you won’t be stuck with a project that’s half completed!
I bought a solid wood end table in a charity shop for £5 recently. Yes, £5! It wasn’t very exciting to look at, with its severely scraped finish and dark stained wood, but I could see that potentially it would be a lovely piece with a bit of TLC. (I just had the urge to start singing Waterfalls… Be thankful you can’t hear me.)
The best thing about it was that there were no gouges out of the wood, just lots of scratches in the finish. All I needed to do was sand it down a little to even it out and then paint it with chalk paint to match the living room. I went for two different shades of blue, a dark and a light one, and I’m really happy with the result.
If you want to go big, how about updating an old dining table? That’s actually on my list of things to do. My parents gave me and my boyfriend their old dining table when they got a new one. It’s a lovely solid pine table, but because it’s seen some use over the years (especially from my brother and me when we were kids) it’s a little scratched up.
You could also update an old armchair by making a new cover for it. My brother’s girlfriend did just that when they redecorated their living room. The chair just didn’t match any more. Since it has the new cover, it looks amazing, and just perfect for their living room. (I’m not going to pretend I have the first idea how she did it, though.)
For More Ideas…
As usual, I have a couple of Pinterest boards that might help you out with some more ideas. Check them out below.