5 Bedroom Decorating Ideas on a Budget


All About Art

Plain colored tiles glued to a wall can make an interesting art piece.
Plain colored tiles glued to a wall can make an interesting art piece.

Wall art doesn't have to be expensive, nor does it take a ton of artistic talent to create your own, custom pieces. All you need are the right tools and a little bit of creativity. Whether you hit the craft store for supplies or make your art out of found objects, there are lots of fun ways to dress up your bedroom with some homemade artwork.

Did you make a custom, fabric headboard or throw pillows? Grab a bit of that scrap fabric to make a simple, tasteful piece of art. Just cut it to size, iron it well, and put it in a frame for a simple piece of art that's perfect for your bedroom.

If fabric isn't your thing, head to the craft store to pick up an inexpensive blank canvas and some acrylic paints. Use masking tape or stencils to create a custom design, then paint an original art piece that's 100 percent you.

Art isn't all about looks -- it can be functional, too. Save up and clean some tin cans. Use orange oil to get the sticky labels off, and mount them on the wall to store some of your smaller knick knacks and create an eye-catching silvery art piece at the same time.

If you're a renter and not allowed to paint or hang things on the wall, you can dress up your walls with wall decals. These are large, removable stickers that add some oomph to your walls with no nails or paint. You can find wall decals online or even make your own with contact paper.

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