6 Fun and Stylish Home Office Organization Ideas and Tips

6 Fun and Stylish Home Office Organization Ideas and Tips | Tipsaholic.com #home #organization #office #storage #diy

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Has your home office become a dumping ground for old bills, pens, office supplies, computer and electronic gadgets and their accouterments, kids’ drawings, receipts, photos, and more?  It’s easy to let an office succumb to the chaotic activity – especially since it’s a highly used area with a lot of uses.  Chances are, if you’ve got a dedicated office space, you can use some organization inspiration.  Don’t let the clutter overtake your work area, and don’t let storage turn things drab  - use these tips and handy list of 6 fun and stylish home office organization ideas and whip that space into shape!

 

1. Everything Chalkboard

The chalkboard fad isn’t going away anytime soon.  And why should it?  Chalkboard paint and vinyl make it readily accessible and DIY-able.  You can even make your own chalkboard paint – in any color!  It goes on just about anything, from labels to boxes.  Since you can easily change what’s on it, it’s ideal for labeling office items, like these great drawers from Polka Dot Chair, or keeping lists.

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Check out these other chalkboard projects, too!

Giant Chalkboard Calendar Wall from Tatertots and Jello

Chalkboard Paperweight from Assemble

Chalkboard Clipboards from Anderson and Grant

 

2. Unique Shelves

Every office requires some kind of shelving.  Small spaces can take advantage of vertical height by building shelves up instead of out. Really tight spaces can install small shelves under desks or on the back of doors.  Shelves hold our storage bins and boxes, keep our books tidy, and offer us a place to display some decor.  They don’t have to be boring either; just take a look at these beautiful reclaimed wood shelf drawers from Not Just a Housewife.

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Here’s more fun shelf ideas!

DIY Ladder Shelves from Woonideeen

25 awesome DIY shelving ideas from Remodelaholic

 

3. Repurposed Utensil Holders

A home office inherently builds up tons of office supplies, writing utensils, scissors, punches, you name it.  The clutter from utensils can get way out of hand, if you don’t find a way to corral it.  A great idea is repurposing other household items (like this pencil holder made from cork trivets by Design For Mankind); it’ll save you money and have unique personality.

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Here are some other great solutions using items around your house:

Stemware Rack Caddy System from Better Homes and Gardens

Lazy Susan Tin Can Caddy from Cynthia Shaffer

 

4. Peg Boards,  Cork Boards, and Magnet Boards, oh my!

One easy way to get smaller items neat, organized, and out of the way – but still within easy reach – is to put up some kind of organizational board.  This makes use of wall space instead of surface space and keeps things tidy.  Bulletin or cork boards are typical options for offices, but you can use magnet and peg boards as well.  Or a combination, like this one from My Blissful Space!

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Here are a few more fun examples:

Fabric Cork Board with Nail Head Trim from Beach House in the City

Clear Lucite Pegboard System from Fashionably Organized

Oil Pan turned Magnet Board from Nic and Kate

 

5. Unexpected Filing Systems

Maybe you don’t have room for a large filing cabinet.  Or maybe you think ordinary filing cabinets are cumbersome, bulky, boring, or even downright ugly.  You can find ways to file those necessary papers that don’t involve your typical beige, metal rectangle.  Just look at this beautiful and stylish solution from Erica Lee Style!

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Check out these other smart filing solutions!

DIY Pull Out Filing Drawer from Beneath My Heart

Striped Filing Cabinet (with CHALKBOARD labels!  See?) from bugaboo, mini, mr & me

 

6. Recycled Baskets and Bins and Catch-Alls

Obviously you’ll have to store some items.  Whether in baskets, bins, totes, jars or bowls, storage containers don’t have to be ordinary.  And they are definitely not one size fits all.  Baskets can be hung on a wall instead of placed on a shelf.  Some storage totes are perfect from hanging on a rod with hooks.  Recycle diaper boxes with duct tape or fabric.  Look at normal items in new ways, like these magnetic dishes that A Girl and a Glue Gun used!

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Here are some more creative storage solutions:

Large Glass Jar Storage from Remodelaholic (check out the awesome wire baskets, as well)

Embroidery Hoop Storage Bins from Curbly

Belted Storage Totes from Brit and Co.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

Featured image courtesy of Polka Dot Chair.

8 Ways to Decorate Your Home with Flowers

8 Ways to Decorate Your Home with Flowers | Tipsaholic.com #home #decor #design #ideas #floral #flowers

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Bring spring into your home with floral decor! Florals are on trend and they can be a lot of fun to decorate with. Today’s florals are bold, graphic, and colorful, making them more modern than the florals of years past. Here are eight fresh ways to decorate your home with flowers.

1. Floral Wallpaper

Wallpaper has been trendy for a while, but with the emerging popularity of florals in home decor, we’re now seeing an explosion of floral wallpaper.

For an excellent example of how the right floral wallpaper can instantly add beauty and character to a space, check out this girly-glam closet makeover that includes an amazing floral wallpaper.

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2. Floral Pillows

For the past several years, pillows covered in geometric fabrics have ruled the home decor world. Right now, however, floral pillows are in demand. If you already have geometric pillows, you’re off to a great start. Geometric pillows pair very nicely with today’s colorful floral pillows.

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3. Floral Art

When you think of florals in art, you might conjure an image of a still life painting of flowers in a vase. That’s fine, but try to think bigger and just a bit differently. Can you imagine this rose painting blown up and hung in a bedroom? Gorgeous.

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4. Floral Lampshades

Jazz up your lamps by turning a plain white lampshade into a floral one. You could wrap a lampshade in a floral fabric or find vintage floral wallpaper and paste that to a lampshade. Of course, you could always simply buy new floral lampshades and swap out your old ones.

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5. Florals on the Bed

The bedroom is a natural place to include florals for the home, especially on your bed. Try to mix patterns so you don’t go too flowery. You could DIY a headboard with your favorite floral fabric for a bold statement or add a couple of floral pillows for a smaller change. Or go big and do both!

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6. Floral Rug

A soft floral rug adds softness and beauty to a room. Bright and cheery flowers on a rug can bring a lot of life to a fairly simple room, like this one and this one.

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7. Floral Curtains

Add whimsy to a room with a pair of beautiful floral curtains. Your favorite floral curtains could be a great starting point to a room design or makeover — just make your decor choices based on the colors in the curtain and you’ll have a cohesive and attractive room in the end.

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8. Floral Upholstery

The right floral upholstery can look really striking on a pair of chairs in the living room or on your dining chairs. You could even cover a sofa with floral upholstery if you absolutely love the fabric. Just be sure that the lines of your furniture are modern or at least contemporary so they don’t veer into grandma-land territory. Although, there’s nothing wrong with that if that’s the look you’re after!

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Life is busy, so don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers!

For more decorating tips, check out 9 Ways to Add New Life to an Old Space and 6 Ways to Use Crates in Decor.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

Featured image courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.

27 DIY Play Kitchens

27 DIY Play Kitchens

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Up-cycled, hand-built, or repurposed, play kitchens are a great way to spark imagination in your little ones! Customizing your child’s play space is easy when you see the inspiration and tutorials in this fabulous roundup of 27 DIY Play Kitchens!

27 DIY Play Kitchens - Tipsaholi.comA play kitchen can be made from just about anything and made to fit almost anywhere! With so many trends and ideas for these fun projects scattered around the web, it can be hard to find the kid kitchens that will really spark creativity in you and your children. This list narrows the ideas down to the best of the best – the custom builds, the recycled furniture, the most creative accessories, and some of the simplest and most budget-friendly play kitchens out there, all gathered into one place to get your wheels turning. So whether you are looking for an extra-special project that will last for decades or an easy fit for a small space, this roundup of 27 DIY Play Kitchens is the perfect place to start!

1. Fancy cottage kitchen from Remodelaholic

2. Handbuilt kitchen from A Happy Nest

3. Playroom market by Pretend Fancy on Remodelaholic

4. IKEA nightstands kitchen from Small+Friendly

5. Dresser top kitchen from Kate’s Creative Space

6. Cabinet and plywood kitchen from Young House Love

7. Recycled microwave stand kitchen by Dans le Townhouse on Remodelaholic

8. Elegant kitchen from Apartment Therapy

9. Play kitchen by “cathinca” on Flickr

10. Plywood hand-built kitchen by The Crafting Chicks on Remodelaholic

11. Country kitchen by “sli015” on Flickr

12. White and yellow kitchen from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop

13. Upcycled nightstand kitchen from Vintage Songbird

14. Glamorous kitchen by Twice Lovely on Remodelaholic

15. Mint kitchen from Mint in the Middle

16. IKEA kitchen makeover from Visual Vocabularie

17. Hand-built kitchen with window from Craftiness Is Not Optional

18. Upcycled nightstand kitchen from Nikki’s Nacs

19. Upcycled entertainment center kitchen from Giggleberry Creations

20. Boy-friendly play kitchen from Always Preparing for Peanut

21. Red and blue kitchen from BoligLiv

22. Build-it-yourself kitchen from Better Homes and Gardens

23. Cardboard kitchen from Parents Magazine

24. Reclaimed deck board outdoor kitchen from B Organic

25. Outdoor mud kitchen from Simple Toys, Simple Living

26. Simple outdoor kitchen from The Adventures of Tig & Serena

27. Nature-inspired outdoor kitchen from Growing a Jeweled Rose

The best of the best in diy play kitchens

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

Feature image via Vintage Songbird

Introduction to Basic Woodworking Tools Infographic

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I thought this infographic about basic woodworking tools was interesting and very helpful! It has some great tips for beginning woodworkers!

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6 DIY Projects for Renters

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Tipsaholic - 6 DIY projects for rentersAre you loving all the DIY projects you find on Pinterest and blogs but bummed that you live in a rental and not your own house? Don’t let being a renter stop you from being the best DIY-er you can be! Here are six DIY projects for renters to try. All of these DIY projects for renters are also budget-friendly and won’t take up too much time or sweat.

1. Put up shelves

As a renter, you might not be allowed to make too many holes in your walls or you’d rather not have to patch up 30 holes when you move out. That doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a whole bunch of art on your walls! Just put up a couple of shelves, which will require only a few holes in your wall, and then fill them with your favorite artwork, vases, frames, and anything else you want to display.

2. Paint furniture

Maybe you can’t paint your walls, but you sure can paint your furniture! Look for thrifted wooden furniture, such as mismatched kitchen chairs, and paint them in your favorite color to make the space uniquely yours. There’s no limits to this one and you can take it with you when you move.

3. Grow herbs at home

Dreaming of a garden but don’t have a backyard? Get a couple of terra cotta pots and plant a herb in each pot. You could paint each pot with chalkboard paint and label them with chalk.

4. Paint your own art

Another great way to add color and personality to your rental is to take some time to create your DIY art. You can find large pieces of stretched canvas at great prices at stores such as Michael’s and Hobby Lobby — just be on the look out for 50% sales. Use any paint you have on hand and go to town. Abstract art can be beautiful, so just have fun and don’t worry too much. And remember, you can always start all over again with a coat of primer if you don’t like your results.

5. Decorate with fabric

Fabric is another great way to decorate a rental space. You could DIY pillows with your favorite fabric and recover a bench with a complimentary fabric. Stuck with vertical blinds for your sliding door? Cover it up with DIY curtains using geometric fabric. Bored with your built-in shelves in your dining room? Line the shelves with removable fabric using rubber cement. The decorating possibilities with fabric are endless!

6. Turn washi tape into wallpaper

Washi tape comes in many different colors and patterns and you can find them on Etsy. The tape is very similar to masking tape, so it can go on your walls easily and should not cause damage. Decide on a pattern, do some measuring and then tape away — you’ll end up with a wall that looks like it’s been wallpapered without the effort and permanence! Jenny from Little Green Notebook used pretty aqua tape to make a diamond pattern in her entry. And here are 27 more ideas of how to decorate with washi tape.

Just because you rent doesn’t mean that you can’t decorate! Try one of these DIY projects for renters and make your rental a more homey place to live in. What other DIY projects for renters have you tried recently?

If you’re new to the world of DIY, read about the 10 tools you need to have!

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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Decorating with the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year: 6 Simple Tricks

Pantone has been designating colors to capture the essence of the coming year since 2000. Every year, they choose “a color that will resonate around the world…a reflection of what people are looking for, what they feel they need that color can help to answer. Not necessarily the hot fashion color of the moment, but a color crossing all areas of design which is an expression of a mood, an attitude, on the part of the consumers.” (via Pantone’s website)

For 2014, the Pantone Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid – a vibrant and enigmatic purple. Pantone’s reasoning behind their choice? It’s modern and versatile, and offers an invitation to innovation. The rosy undertones emanate joy, love and health. Radiant Orchid is also known to encourage creativity and originality — a DIY-er’s dream come true!  Here are some simple tricks for incorporating Radiant Orchid into your home decor.

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1. Think small  

You may not have the budget, time or even desire to completely overhaul your space. But the good news is YOU DON’T NEED TO! Easy, small changes can make a big difference. Big ticket items don’t need to be changed — even if they aren’t a specifically neutral color. Orchid is a great color that’s versatile and meshes well with many other pallets. Just remember to keep your pallet to two or three colors, and one or two neutrals (with one extra pop of color if you want). This may mean you have to rearrange a few things — take some items to storage or find a new place for them if the pallet gets too busy. Then just add Radiant Orchid to the existing pallet a little at a time.

2. Consider impermanent options

Think about adding to or switching out your current storage items with temporary or portable options. Bar carts, small shelves, or DIY storage options can be found in orchid (like this awesome industrial style cart from Fermob) or painted with your favorite Radiant Orchid hued paint. You could paint just the inside back of a shelving unit, leaving the shelves themselves the original color. Take a look at this fantastic DIY tables turned shelves designed and executed by Isabel Quiroga or just use crates stacked together as shelves, which would be easy to paint any color.

3. Don’t ignore the floor

Rugs are a great way to add visual interest to a space! They ground seating arrangements, add layers and textures, and are easy to change to meet your current decor needs. It can be a very budget-friendly way to add a bright pop of color to any room. Take this super eco-friendly, modern Blue Dot Last Newspaper Rug in bright purple. Perfect!

4. Get warm and cozy

Just about the easiest (and most affordable) way to add new colors or switch colors from time-to-time is through your textiles. So don’t forget about throws, blankets  (which can be folded and stacked, draped over furniture, rolled in baskets or hung on racks) and throw pillows. This super affordable orchid throw with its subtle pattern is great, or if you like a more plush blanket, try this one. As for pillows,  you can find them in just about any design and fabric at most department or home decor stores for a very reasonable price. Check out this velvet stripe pillow. And don’t underestimate the advantages of making your own pillows, too!  Another textile that can easily be changed is your curtains. This can have a dramatic effect as the eye is naturally pulled to windows, doorways and archways. These soft and airy curtains are neutral with pops of Radiant Orchid in them. You can even DIY your own curtains by painting them.

5. Get artistic  

Dress your walls up with spray painted frames. Buy some inexpensive paintings, posters or photographs or make your own art. Then, put items together in a Radiant Orchid inspired gallery wall. Create custom plates in the right hue and design a fun plate wall. Wreaths can also add a fresh and fun look. You can make them from just about anything from feathers, to yarn, to fabric, or even paper!

6. Think thrifty

If you’re afraid of investing a lot of money into a color you may not like or keep around forever, think about buying trinkets and decor at thrift stores or garage sales and then simply spray painting them the perfect purple shade. Krylon “Rich Plum” or Rustoleum “Gloss Grape” are two good options.

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

9 Ways to Add New Life to an Old Space

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Guests coming? Change of seasons making you antsy for some change indoors? Whatever the reason, it’s fun to change up a space! If you’re wanting to get the fresh look of a room makeover without the time commitment or budget, try one of these 9 simple ways to add new life to an old space.  (featured image via Better Homes and Gardens)

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1. Buy fresh flowers

If you haven’t tried this before, it’s time. Even the simplest $5 bundle of daisies on your way out of Walmart can brighten a room or two. Clean them up a bit, cut them down to size, and spread them around your home in vases, mason jars, old glassware, or even teacups.

 

2. A pop of color.

No, not a neutral. A pop of color. What speaks to you? A bold red? Vibrant purple? Blazing orange? Get a little crazy. Step outside your typical boundaries. Add it in via a piece of art, a throw, a pillow, or a stack of books in various shades.

 

3. Add in new patterns

You might think you’ve got enough going on with a couple of plain pillows on your sofa, but you’d be surprised what you can do with another set of patterns! Floral, polka dot, and daring geometric patterns can work together in a single space to take it from “meh” to “yeah!” For some tips and ideas, check out these articles from Remodelaholic and see great examples for mixing patterns in kids’ rooms and in the master bedroom.

 

4. Reflections

Strategically placed mirrors can add depth and height to a small space. If you don’t want to put holes in the wall, try angling one or two tall mirrors as they rest on the floor. A mirror placed across from a window will add depth and light to a room.

 

5. Create a focal point

Do you have a space that is a bit lack-luster? When you walk into a room, are your eyes drawn to a specific point, or do they wander from place to place? If they land on a single area, is it the area you want to be drawn to? Take control of the room by rearranging furniture, adding color, or bringing in something new.

 

6. Unpile the piles

Declutter, one step at a time. Give the piles of paper and lost things in your home a true place to call their own. If you need some inspiration, take tips from blogs like IHeart Organizing, Organizing Made Fun, and I’m An Organizing Junkie.

 

7. Give old accessories a new home

Have some of the items in your decorating arsenal been placed in one spot and remained there, perhaps for years? A clock, a painting, a favorite collection – any of theses things, when moved to a different space, can begin a transformation.

 

8. Make a statement at the front door

A bold pattern or print, a bright color, or some great art to greet your guests as they come into your home will surely become a conversation piece. Look for places you could add these things: a bench, an empty wall, a doorway, or something as simple as throwing a rug down.

 

9. Familiarity

What do you have, perhaps buried in a keepsake box, that is uniquely you? Old black and white family photos or a hand-written recipe from your mother add character when placed in a frame and displayed in the appropriate space. Fill your blank walls with things that mean something to you.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyineperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

How to Incorporate Emerald in Your Home Decor

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This year, Pantone has named Emerald, “a lively, radiant, lush green,” as the color of the year for 2013.  According to the Psychology of color, Emerald is a very positive hue, which feels luxurious and up-scale.  The executive director for the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, explains, “The most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum.  Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world.”  If you could use a bit of clarity and rejuvenation, along with some luxury, adding the color of the year to your home decor may be just what you need!  Here are some simple and budget-friendly ideas for adding Emerald to your living spaces (and read this article for more tips on how to pick colors for your home!).

How to Incorporate Emerald in Your Home Decor

1. Paint!  Any DIY guru will point out that painting gives you the biggest bang for your buck as far as re-doing a space.  Not thrilled about the prospect of a green room?  Don’t worry!  Add an accent wall in a solid or patterned emerald.  Don’t want that much commitment?  Spray paint some frames for photos or a small console or end table.

2. Start small.  The easiest way to incorporate any color into your home decor is to add it in pops, here and there.  You don’t need to change your entire living space (who has the time, energy or money??) but you can easily switch out small decor items like figurines or vases.  Thrift stores can be a treasure trove of small tchotchkes and unique glassware.  Remember you can spray paint mason jars, or even use a “ DIY stained glass” technique to clear vases.  (just don’t use them for food after!)

3. Textiles.  Another inexpensive way to add pops of color is through the fabric you use in your room.  No doubt your living space has seating of some sort, and this seating is the ideal home to throw pillows.  Create your own pillow covers, or if your pillows are neutral, add green sashes, belts or bows to give them new life.  You can create your own inexpensive curtains by stenciling with fabric paint on drop cloths or sewing together flat sheets for bold stripes.  It can be pricey to find a large rug with an appropriate color and pattern, so consider painting your own or piecing together small rugs to make a large one.

4. Be artsy.  Create your own artwork for your walls.  There are many different ways to make family word art or print meaningful quotes to frame.  You can use paint, embroidery, vinyl, monograms, flowers, buttons, and mod podge on stretched canvas frames to create personalized works of art.  You don’t even need to pick up a brush to create these fabric-wrapped canvases, from Remodelaholic, and you can easily use any color or pattern will suit your living space!  Even easier, there are scads of free printables in graphic or quote form ripe for the picking – all you have to do is Google it and frame it!

5. Cover up.  Another idea to consider is how the items you bring into your room will affect the colors already present.  If your couch isn’t a neutral color, for instance, consider buying a slip cover.  You can slip cover wingback chairs, or even straight-back dining chairs if you want.

Emerald home decor product sources from image above:  Emerald rug,  lamp, geometric lamp, clock, vase, pillow, monogram pillowtable, chair, sofa, chair.  Check out this useful and easy to follow guide for changing your living space based on the season – including color combos to try out!

Author: Kimberly of Bugaboo Blog