Regardless of whether or not you’re staging your home to sell, Spring is always a good time to revisit some decor options in your home. Spring cleaning is a great occasion to usher in new colours and patterns, while retiring others until next fall.
Because not everyone can afford a plethora of custom pieces and original art, I’m sharing my top 5 budget friendly wall decor ideas:
1. Decal wallpaper: starting at 45.23$ a sheet
Okay, so this is not my most budget friendly option if you’re looking to re-do an entire room. It can be easier to swallow if you’re looking to do a statement wall to detract from the fact that you have NO closet space, or even better if you’re looking to add some flavour to your kitchen and don’t want to tile a backsplash.
Etsy is full of options for prices and patterns. If you don’t want to do a full sheet, you can opt for cut-outs like stars or hearts or polka dots, and layer them over an existing painted wall. I did this in our front entryway on the closet doors, and the space has POPED!
I did a post last year about places you can use peel and stick wallpaper, check it out here
If you’re staging your house I’m going to seriously recommend you shy away from sayings and words. They may mean the world to you, but someone else might find them tacky and worry they’re painted-on (and will therefore have to repaint the entire wall/room?).
Some great stores for this on esty are:
Leen the Graphics Queen: fantastic for cut-outs of all shapes, sizes and colours.
Accentuwall: great for entire sheets of stylish and modern patterns.
WonderwallDecal: great if you’re looking for kid friendly decor
But if you type in various combination of decal wallpaper or peel and stick wallpaper, you’ll get tons of options. If you’re using stores on etsy, don’t hesitate to contact the shop owners about discounts if you’re buying in bulk. That’s the noted advtange etsy: you can talk to the shop owners.
2. Fresh coat of paint: 25$ a can
Okay so this one is super obvious, but you’d be surprised what a fresh coat of paint, even if it’s white, can do to a space. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your taping lines and make outlines on the wall that you can use to frame-out your existing art.
I did just that in our dinning room and sitting room, and I love the end result. I did a tutorial post here, so take a look! You’ll need a weekend to do a room or two.
3. Add mirrors: 10-100$
Mirrors can be super fancy and made of venetian glass with mercury glass and inlaid etchings. Those cost about 300$+, but since most of those are way too fancy for PMQs, your standard homesense/big box store options are great.
I’ve placed mirrors at the top of stairs to ad light coming from a small window, I’ve used them along large walls to give more depth to a room, and I’ve also used them to frame-out a space. Your options are endless with mirrors, because as long as they’re well placed they’ll work with whatever decor you have.
I suggest you avoid she awkward mirror placements (like the “strategically” placed ones in a bedroom…ahem) and take a tour through pinterest to look at how everyone else is doing it.
Some key places that I can suggest are :
– Entryway: above a table, or as you walk through the door. They’re a great way to “create” a space where you may not have one.
– Dinning room/eating nook: They’ll make a small space seem bigger if used correctly, and will play with candlelight really well. They can be hung, or placed on a buffet or sideboard.
– Stair case: There is rarely an abundance of good lighting in a staircase, so why not create some with small mirrors? You can get bunches of small decorative mirrors from stores for a good price. Intermix them with family photos and art, to add a new dynamic and element of light to your collection.
Okay so maybe this grand staircase with the empire chandelier and large baroque mirrors is a bit much, but you get the point!
– Bookshelves: Placed with art and decorative objets, small mirrors can enhance built-ins, or a bookshelf much the way they would in a stair case.
4. Gallery walls
This is my favourite way to spice-up your walls. You can make them pretty much however you want, but Emily Henderson at HGTV has a very well written how-to guide.
Some budget friendly tips for gallery wall art range from using free printables you can find on the internet, to purchasing full sets on etsy.
Gnosis Picture archives has great quality and variety, I’ve purchased from them a couple of times. You can see my kitchen gallery wall here. However, if you have bit more to spend, look at original artists who sell by the piece. The quality of pieces I have received so far has been great. I am definitely a repeat customer.
I’ve created some great gallery alls using images for free and printing them at staples. You can see my Fornasetti gallery wall here.
You can also use fancy wrapping paper, or frame children’s art. Mix different medias together and you’ll get a really nice personal product.
5. Carefully placed art
Although the gallery wall is a great way to fill space, what if you prefer the single piece? Sometimes all you need is one piece on the wall, but it has to be right one.
Consider the size, space, lighting and flow of the room before hanging. It can be as simple as decluttering a busy room and only leaving one piece on the wall, or adding a piece to a previously empty wall. You’ll get the most bang for your buck if the walls are clean and there are no previous nail holes.
How do you dress your walls?