Style for Free: 12 Things in Your Home That Look Fab as Decor

April 10, 2023 5 min read

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Want to decorate your space at absolutely zero cost? We have three words for you: Shop your home! Look around your house for display-worthy everyday items, old things that can be repurposed, and pretty objects you've overlooked or forgotten. With some dusting and imagination, you just might find that you're already living in a house full of resources!

To start you off, here are things you likely already have at home that can double as decor -- and fabulous ones at that. Happy 'shopping'!


1. Vintage plates

vintage plates - old picture frame - photo

Heirloom plates and handed-down saucers may be too pretty to use on the daily, but they don't have to be tucked away in the attic, either. Grouped together, they can make a great wall vignette over your dining table or bed. You can also take a few dishes and add them to your current gallery wall.

Wondering how to mount plates on the wall? You have tons of easy options at the hardware store, such as adhesive discs.


2. Books

living room - beige couch - coffee table books - unique center piece - indoor plants - coasters

Not only do books make a wonderful hobby, they also offer immediate visual appeal through their covers. You can display your volumes the traditional way, i.e. on a bookcase, and they'd look instantly classic. Or, you can stack two or three pretty books on your coffee table and top them off with a curio for a stylish tabletop (like above).

There's another option that's quite controversial: displaying your books backwards on a shelf, so that what you see aren't the spines but the neutral-colored pages (see below). Interior designers love this trick because of the cleaner look it creates. What do you think?

white book shelf - indoor plants - father wall art - son's first hero - daughter's first love

Wall art pictured above: Personalized "A Father - First Hero/Love" Premium Panoramic Canvas


3. Pretty jars and bottles

decorative bottles - flowers

As kids, we were encouraged in arts class to upcycle jars by painting or decoupaging them into vases. But you know what? Some glass jars and bottles are already lovely on their own, and would make elegant decor for any grownup home. Fill them up with blooms from your garden or just wildflowers from the outdoors, and you have some inexpensive gorgeousness.


4. Hats

personalized wall art - party of - hat hanger - indoor greens

Hat and caps typically hang on the wall, so why not turn them into a stylish visual feature? Arrange your headgear with a couple of artworks for a dimensional gallery wall. Above, a pretty straw hat accentuates the neutral-colored gallery, but you can always play around with other styles. How about a sports-themed display complete with your baseball or basketball caps?

Wall art pictured above: Personalized Family Name "Party Of..." Premium Canvas


5. Fruits

personalized family name wall art - decorative jars - fruit center piece

Fresh fruits can instantly add a pop of color to your dining room or kitchen. Next time you've bought some apples, oranges, lemons, or pears, don't keep them all hidden. Place a few in a bowl or tray, and display as your centerpiece.

Bonus tip: Got a cake stand you hardly ever use? Repurpose it by filling with seasonal fruits and leaves for a luscious display!

Wall art pictured above: Personalized Family Initial And Name Premium Canvas


6. Crates and baskets

white fire place - white shelf - organized - custom mantlepiece art - love

Are you perhaps overlooking a cute set of organizers that would look good on your living room shelf (above)? Or maybe you have a single catch-all basket that could work stylishly as an accent (below). See if your crates and containers fit into your decor scheme, and don't be afraid to put them out there!

Wall art pictured above: Personalized "Love - Names On Heart" Premium Canvas

white brick fireplace - wicker basket - candles - personalized family name art - home sweet home - mantlepiece

Wall art pictured above: Personalized "Family - Home Sweet Home" Premium Rustic Canvas


7. Old scarves

fake flowers - flannel tablecloth - old scarves

Much as we'd like, we can't wear our treasured scarves everyday forever. If you have old ones you just can't part with, there are lots of ways to display them at home! Pricier silk scarves are best framed by professionals to turn them into artwork while preserving them. On the other hand, inexpensive scarves can turn into couch coverlets, pillow covers, and even table runners, as shown above by artsy DIY-er Cathy.


8. Old towels

recycled towels - blue bath mats

It's easy to give up on towels that have become too flimsy, stained, or just tired-looking from age. But you can still breathe new life into these old fabrics and turn them into useful yet decorative objects. For example, the reversible bath mat above was crafted by sewing diva Helen using two old bath towels. So fab!


9. Potted plants

food - dining table - indoor plants - lake wall art - eat well travel often

Got a thriving garden in your yard? Bring some of your plants indoors for a fresh new vibe to your interiors. You can either take some fresh cuttings and root them in little planters (above) or just directly bring in one of your potted plants (below). Just make sure your indoor greenery still gets enough sunshine daily.

Wall art pictured above: "Eat Well, Travel Often" Premium Canvas


pottery - candle holder - custom family wall art - home family blessing

Wall art pictured above: Personalized "Having Somewhere To Go Is Home" Premium Canvas V2


10. Cookware

hanging cookware - dry plants - kitchen table - fruit basket

Cooking equipment can look cumbersome, thus many homeowners opt to stash them away in closed cabinets. But what if you could free up some storage space by letting your cookware out for everyone to see? We love a quaint, rustic kitchen with hanging pots and pans, just like above! Alternatively, you can arrange your cookware in open shelves and complement them with kitchen decor, like below.

kitchen shelf - cookware - ya'll come eat - custom kitchen wall art - kitchen sink

Wall art pictured above: "Y'all Come Eat" Premium Canvas and Personalized "Kitchen - Seasoned With Love" Premium Canvas


11. Extra chairs and stools

decorative stool - begin each day - everything you need - affirmations wall art

Sometimes you get those single chairs or benches that don't go with anything else in your house. If you can't use them as a practical set, use them as accents! Chairs can work as plant stands, artwork platforms, and even side tables when styled right. Above, what used to be an odd stool ingeniously hides an outlet, turning it into an artful corner.

Wall art pictured above: "Begin Each Day With A Grateful Heart" Premium Rustic Canvas


12. Your cherished collection

personalized mom wall art with children's name - birth dates - sea shell - star fish - my greatest blessings

Your personal interests deserve to shine! Instead of storing all your collectibles in boxes somewhere, take out some of them and display them proudly. Whether they're glass globes from your travels or sea shells from a nice day at the beach, these items just might be what your mantel or coffee table needs for added appeal.

Wall art pictured above: Personalized "My Greatest Blessings Call Me..." Premium Canvas


This list got us excited about redecorating! Do you agree with the items listed here? Or do you have your own affordable decor tips? Share with us in a comment!

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