What I’m Doing this Car Free Sunday – 27th November – by Brittany Packer
A How-To-Blog by Brittany Packer on the fun, fulfilling and feng- shui –ing art of Re-decorating.
This Car- Free day I am going to spend the morning changing around my room! You can too! Depending on your budget and how much time you want to spend, there are heaps of cool ways to redesign and create new elements to your bedroom. I’m planning on spending the afternoon reading, writing, and relaxing in my new space!
Here’s some ideas based on your money and time commitments to the project:
“I’m broke and I want this done in less than two hours”:
• Re-arrange furniture! The simplest way to give a whole new feel to your bedroom. If you wanted a more calming and serene space, you might think about following some guidelines of Feng Shui. This is the ancient Chinese art of orientation of people and place in order to boost positive energy and flow. For some tips on Feng Shui, check this website out: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/how-to-feng-shui-your-bedroom.html
• Re-set candles. Take old and boring candles, melt them down, perhaps add some food colouring, essence, or perfume, pour them in an old jar or un-used wine glass, and let set.
• Collage a piece of furniture. Grab some of your old magazines and flick through the pages until you find a theme that suits your style. Mix regular glue and water to make a paste. Anything can be collaged, including desktops, bookshelves, and the insides of a cupboard. Cover the piece in glue and cutout images and let dry.
• Add some life. Fresh cut flowers and potplants (even if it just means putting a wee garden flower in a decorated jar) instantly brighten any room. The smell of nice flowers is an added bonus! You could even seed some native trees in your room to eventually re-plant outside.
“I’ve got most of the morning, and I can afford a few knick-knacks but I’m no interior designer!”:
• Sew up new pillowcases. New bedding will change the feel of the whole room, and pillowcases in a different colour are a cheap and easy way to start! You can add color, shine, glitter, and class with small pillows. And they are inexpensive! Visit the remnant bin at your local fabric store. Find some luxurious fabrics to make very elegant pillows. Even try your closet for materials you just won’t wear again.
• Mirrors and posters. Scour thrift shops and yard sales for mirrors large and small. Find similar mirrors, or use paint and patchwork to make different mirrors look similar. Group together to add pizzazz to the wall.
• The devil is in the details. Often, small changes in significant places can make a huge difference! Swap doorknobs and cupboard handles from your kitchen or bathroom for the ones in your room.
• Make room in your closet. Paint shoe-boxes and hang canvas shopping bags to make more space for your clothes and shoes inside your closet.
• Frame your Facebook. What’s the point of having beautiful photos if you can’t see them? Use your home printer or if you fancy better quality, take them into professional printers. Home-make frames out of cardboard or scraps of wood and decorate with colour and natural additions: leaves, shells, sand, flowers. Alternatively, purchase or make a pinboard and display arrangements of photos.
“I’m going all out!”:
• Lose the overhead lighting. Overhead lights often give a sterile and harsh feel. Opt for large lamps and table lamps with a tint. Pop in a frosted eco-bulb for a yellow light that’s green!
• Be eventful. Choose a theme that suits you. Style with red and green for the festive time of year, or use all natural browns and blues for a summer hue. The options are endless, and open opportunities for more redecorating down the track.
• Paint like a pro. If you’re confident with a paintbrush, you could even choose a ‘feature wall’ for a mural, or even just a little artistic addition! Examples include: painting clouds and birds on your roof or an iconic tree up the side of the wall. If you live in a rented house, let your creativity out on some canvases. Try to choose paint that leaves little residue on our environment, Resene is one well-known brand that has more eco-friendly options. And clean up thoroughly, paint can be quite toxic, and all drains lead to the sea!
If you’re still stuck for ideas, ask around and ask Mr. Google. Redecorating your room is a simple and fun way to spend a morning or afternoon at home, and can be enjoyed for weeks to come!
Enjoy your car-free Sunday!
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