Fill In The Gaps
Be sure to make the most of the architectural features in your rooms. I installed two closets, which left an open recess in between. This created the ideal spot to install a fitted desk and some open shelves for display.
Keep in mind that you don't need to call a cabinetmaker and devise a custom solution I found some funky metal legs for less than $13 each and a desktop for under $20. Once it was fitted to the opening it added a cool homework nook that's sure to entice young minds to stay on top of their studies. This solution isn't just for kids and easily be tailored to make a laptop desk or craft area for the grown ups!
Mirror, Mirror On The Wall
When you put the brakes on spending it requires clever solutions for artwork and wall decorations. If you choose elements that are both stylish and practical it can be a fun and interactive way to brings the walls to life. Bulletin boards covered with inexpensive fabric provide a place for kids to tack up mementoes, invitations, cards, photos of teen heartthrobs, etc.
Chalkboards used to be a strictly educational tool but now you can have fun and make it a funky part of the decor thanks to chalkboard paints that are available in a rainbow range of colours from powder pink to pale yellow, sky blue and even lavender! I used painters' masking tape to create boxes on the wall and painted each one a different shade. It creates a colour blocked effect on the wall and the kids can scribble on the walls without getting into trouble! Top it off with a pair of frilly frames outfitted with mirror and the walls will come to life