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I remember when I was little, there were days when I went to school and when I returned in the morning to eat home, my mother had redecorated the living room without leaving home.
I changed site furniture, decorative elements, pictures, books, etc. And all this without buying anything, without adding anything other than what was already there, but the change was a completely new room. A new look.
The truth was that back then I did not care, but today, looking back I admire the great work my mother did with what she had, and the radical change she achieved in the living room.
Surely you also have a similar memory, right?
The fact is that with what we have we can redecorate the house, free of charge, and without having to leave it. And that is what we are going to see next: 20 ideas to decorate the house with what you already have and without leaving it. We start:
- Change the furniture on site:
Photograph by Lee Medina
If space allows, give a new approach to the living room by changing the furniture. Start with the sofa, since it is the one in charge in the living room. Then, based on it, redistribute the rest of the furniture.
Don’t do it randomly. If not, think first about what would benefit you from that change right now. For example: Moving the sofa to that wall that receives sun in the morning, I can sit on it and enjoy the sun in the morning sitting on the sofa. It is just an example: study your living room and take advantage of any change.
Change and redistribute objects
You will see how effective these changes are. You will not know how much until you do, but then you will be surprised.
- Change the rugs:
Photograph of Loren from @bluebarnandcottage
I’m not telling you to buy a new one, but to move the carpets. For example, do you have a carpet in the living room, and do you already have it well seen? Move it to the bedroom. Or vice versa. Put that rug in your bedroom, put it in the living room. Do you have a rug on the side of the bed? Move her into the hallway. Etc etc.
A change of place, a change of context for a decorative object produces a huge change in how we perceive that object. We give it a new look, a new approach that will make both the decorative object and the space look different.
- Change and rearrange the pictures on the walls:
Photo by Jan Skacelik Art Instagram @janskacelik
The same thing happens with the pictures on the walls. You can take that painting that you have in the living room and put it on the head of the bed. Or vice versa, the picture that dresses the head of the bed, take it to the wall of the sofa.
But not only changing the site tiles will help you redecorate the house, but also its organization. That is, you can create a new gallery based on the frames of the paintings. Put together the ones with wooden frames, or the ones with thick frames, or the ones with black frames.
You can also play with the box content. Pair them by color, shape, content …
In some cases you can use the same fasteners and supports for the paintings, in others you will have to put a new one. But, unless the frames weigh a lot, and by far I mean more than 6 or 7 kilos, you can use the new fasteners that allow you to install frames without having to make holes, such as Command strips, among others, which you can buy online here for € 5.
Let’s keep going.
- Rearrange your shelves:
Not Just a House Wife Photography
You can rearrange the items you already have on your shelves by changing them and creating beautiful decorative sets. By colors, symmetrically, asymmetrically, etc.
The contents of the shelves, including books, have enormous potential to redecorate the home. To get it right and take advantage of those objects and make the change effective, here are 20 ideas for decorating shelves and how to do it.
- Change the decoration of your coffee table:
The whole set of Kenay Home
On the coffee table in your home you have decorative elements on it. Change them and it will change the look of your table. It will have a renewed air and simply by changing four little things, as it is commonly said. Here you can see 40 ideas to decorate a coffee table and get inspired.
- Change the decoration of your dining table:
The whole set of Kenay Home
Also on the dining table you will also have a centerpiece decorating it. Well, it is time to change that center for other objects that you already have at home and give it a different touch. Here you can see 35 ideas to decorate a dining table. So you can see what you can put on it.
Redistribute your cushions:
Photography Erika Wittlieb
Cushions are another of the objects that contribute most to a decoration. Gather all the ones you have. Both those on the sofa, as well as those on the beds, armchairs and others, and change them, match them differently than you had them and give a new look to your sofa and therefore to your living room, bedroom, etc.
It is a simple resource and in one hour you will have made a great change to the house, free and without leaving it.
Do you have any leftover paint at home that you had left over from that time you painted the hall, for example? Well, you will see the changes you can achieve.
Paint a wall accent:
Photograph and colors of Bruguer
If the rest of the paint you have gives you to paint an entire wall, you can create an accent wall in the living room, bedroom or any other place you want to redecorate, and the change in space will be radical.
- Paint some geometric shape:
Photograph and colors of Bruguer
Another way to take advantage of that rest of paint is to add a geometric shape to some wall, creating an accent. A circle, a square, hexagon … What you like best.
- Create a mural with different colors:
Photography by Leroy Merlin and Houzz
To carry out this idea you will need more than one color. But if you have it, it seems to me a perfect solution to use and decorate the house with what you already have without spending anything.
- Paint a plinth:
Photography My Deer Art Shop
Baseboards are another wonderful resource that can completely change the style of a living room. Also, right now they are very fashionable. If you like this idea, here you can see 20 ideas to paint a socket.
- Paint the bottom wall of the shelves or shelves:
The Sweetest Digs Project
If you have open shelves, which have no background, and the end of the shelves are the walls themselves, you can redecorate and renovate your shelf by painting the background in some contrasting color. It is a very simple resource and with tremendous decorative power.
- Paint your terracotta pots:
Bohemian Kate Project
Plastic paint or tempera, are perfect for painting the clay or terracotta pots you have and change their style. If you can’t think of anything, here you can see 60 ideas for painting and decorating terracotta pots.
You can take advantage of that rest of paint in many ways on your walls and other surfaces and create a great change at home, free and without leaving it.
And speaking of pots …
- You can add more plants:
Photography Thousand Decoration Ideas
You don’t need to buy new ones, you can plant cuttings from the ones you already have, and in no time you will have new plants. Of course, what you will need are pots or create a container to put them, but plants, you can add more.
Let’s continue with more ideas to decorate the house for free with what we already have:
Do you have washi tape? If so, as you well know, with it you can redecorate everything. And when I say everything, I mean decorate from the walls to the doors, through furniture and decorative objects. Let’s see some examples of what you can do with this tape in one morning:
- The walls:
Little Green Notebook Project
You can add style and personality to a wall with a little bit of washi tape or colored electrical tape. You have a lot of inspiration on the internet to get good ideas to decorate the walls with this tape.
Brit + Co Project
Renew and give a second life to that piece of furniture that you have that you no longer like with washi tape. Don’t tell me this example doesn’t really look good.
- Ceiling fan:
In My Own Style Project
Decorate its blades, each one in a color, and when it rotates and the colors mix they will create an interesting effect. And if they don’t rotate, you add a very attractive color note to your entire space.
They are just some examples of what you can do with this tape. And if you do not have it at home, you can always order it online. Check out this pack of 50 rolls for € 16. And here you can see 30 more ideas to decorate with washi tape.
We can also take advantage of the scraps of wallpaper that we had left to put in the bedroom or in the living room or any other part, and we have kept it there for years. Depending on the meters you have, you can do different things. I give you some examples of what you can do with scraps of wallpaper to decorate the house for free without leaving it.
Photography and BMK Studio project
If it does not come to you to wallpaper a whole wall, which I am sure, since a patch does not give for that, perhaps it will give you to create an accent, or wallpaper a specific part of the wall, such as the headboard area of the bed , creating a very attractive decorative shade.
Stickers Coloray paper
Whether it is the front of the drawers, or the bottom of the shelves, as we saw before with the painting, you can completely change the look of a piece of furniture with those scraps of wallpaper.
Wall Sweet Home Paper
If you have old doors that you want to change, before you do, try giving them a second chance. Either with paint, here you can see ideas for painting interior doors, or taking advantage of that scrap of wallpaper we are talking about.
As you can see, with these 20 ideas you can transform your entire house for free and without leaving it.