10 DIY Decorating Tips for 2019

Refresh your home for the new year -- on a budget.

As the new year approaches, it’s time to start thinking about resolutions. Whatever habit you are looking to start, stop or change in 2019, one of the best ways to make it stick is by changing your environment. New styles, colors and landscapes can go a long way toward shaking up your daily routine, but redecorating can be a costly endeavor, which won’t do much to get any budgetary resolutions off on the right foot.

Fortunately, with a little elbow grease and creativity, there is no shortage of ways to refresh your home on the cheap. Here are 10 DIY decorating tips for the new year.

  1. Living produce. Plants have long been one of the most popular ways to add pops of shape and color to any room, but don’t stop with succulents. Growing herbs and vegetables in your kitchen is a great way to add a functional new design element to your home.

  1. Glass jars. When you’re picking up jars for your produce, grab a few extra to fill with pebbles, sand or candles. Better yet, run your used jam jars under hot water to remove the labels and give them a second life.

  1. Pallet furniture. Reach out to local businesses to see if they have any old or damaged pallets they might be willing to part with. They can be easily re-crafted into rustic and tasteful shelves, tables, trays and a variety of other furniture.

  1. Curtains. Curtains can be used for much more than just window decorations, especially if you live in a smaller apartment. Hang curtains strategically to demarcate differences spaces in your home, such as kitchens and living rooms in small, open-concept apartments.

  1. Wood-plank accent wall. One of the best ways to make any room more dynamic is by painting an accent wall, but you can add even more character by affixing wood planks to create a rustic, cool-toned wall.

  1. Industrial shelving. Lay wooden planks across a scaffolding of iron pipes and joints to create a modern, industrial-style shelving for just the cost of materials, which are inexpensive and readily available at any hardware store.

  1. Upgraded light fixtures. Spruce up your lighting with new fixtures or re-paint your existing fixtures.

  1. Wallpapered shelves. Wallpaper has largely fallen out of style as a decorating option for walls, but it still has a place. Namely, shelves. Wallpaper the back of a bookcase or shelving unit to add a subtle, retro pop behind your books and records.

  1. Dip-dyed napkins and fabrics. Re-color any dreary old fabrics in your home — curtains, napkins, pillowcases, etc. — by dunking them in home-dye kits. Use multiple colors or dye just half of the fabric to create a two-tone ombré shading.

  1. Painted lampshades. Inexpensive paper lampshades can be found at any craft store and painted to create colorful accents and provide fun new hues to your lights.