In the Philippines, most renters often have very minimal budget for decorating. We don’t have IKEA where you can buy cheap but stylish furniture and decors (actually we do have IKEA resellers like Mobler and 5Corners but the item price are more than twice the US price, so it’s no longer considered cheap for me). We don’t have suppliers for temporary wall paper although you can buy cheap decorative vinyl stickers in Japan surplus stores for P88. But if you want a really nice one, of course, there’s quite a price to pay, usually for at least P1,000. Still, for someone like me who is constantly budget conscious, I can’t afford that.
But that doesn’t mean you’ll have to settle with bare, boring white walls for the rest of your stay in the apartment. The three images below can be recreated using supplies from bookstores.
I often see wall art in the internet using paint chips. But paint chips aren’t free here in the Philippines (I was able to gather some from Dunn-Edwards Wilcon Depot Balintawak, but they are too precious and rare so I’m keeping them for reference and not to be used for DIY projects.) A huge “paint chip” wall art can be done using a mix of various colored cartolina, construction paper and art paper. Cut them into small square pieces and pin them on a corkboard or a foam board hung on the wall. It’s a no-commitment wall art so you can change the colors whenever you feel like it or when the papers start to become dirty. For less than P300, you can have a huge color wall art to brighten up your day.
Washi tapes are great for adding colors to your white walls too. You can peel it off without leaving sticky residue. You can buy washi tapes here, here or here. For more washi tape decorating ideas, you can check out my Pinterest board.If you’re feeling artsy and daring, you can wrap art or construction paper on board pieces. TIP: Recycle cardboard boxes by cutting them into squares. Layer them on your wall for some sort of 3D effect. This is a perfect way to conceal any wall imperfections. I think I’ll do this on our storage room to cover the ugly sides of our stairs.
In addition to art and construction papers, you can also use colored corrugated boards, cartolinas, japanese paper, gift wrapping papers and colored tissue papers.This is so easy, it can be done in a few hours. You can even enlist your kid to help you and best of all, you can do this for less than P500!
I’m currently in the process of decorating our living room (I say decorating, not redecorating as it was not even properly decorated before.) Even though the ground floor is furnished with essential furniture like sofas, a center table, our work tables, dining set, it still lacks personality and I need more accessories to fill up the area. As usual, the budget is tight and since this isn’t our permanent home, I don’t want to buy pieces that won’t fit in our future house. And so I still resort to DIY.
Just in case you haven’t seen my previous post about our living room update, here it is again:
You see, there’s a big, blank, white wall behind the sofa that is begging for some wall art. I can’t afford to buy anything new so I just have to re-use whatever is in the house. I used to have these three simple frames made from 2″x1″ wood which I wrapped in black fabric the painted with acrylic for some splash of color (sorry, I don’t have a picture.) I placed them above our bedroom console table but were taken away when our TV was mounted on the wall.
What I did was wrap the two frames with yellow washi tapes.
On the inside, top and bottom, I measured 2-inch gaps for the thumb tacks. This is where I will wrap the yarns. It’s basically like a string art using nails but since I want the string to be inside the frame, I can’t use nails. It’s up to you how you would wrap the strings. You can even make the gaps between the tacks smaller (like an inch) so you can see more strings. But I’m lazy so I did 2 inches. Maybe one of these days I’ll add more.
I used to colors but again, it’s all up to you. Some of the tacks were loose and I’m afraid the strings will unravel so I used hot glue for reinforcement.
Here is the finished wall art now. Remember that beach sign? I mounted three palochina planks on the same frame and dyed the wood with coffee. You can read about how I did it here.
As a graphic designer, I have always loved Pantone although I never really used it for print works because as we all know, it is customized color. That means a specific Pantone blue in print isn’t made up of four inks (CMYK) but rather a single ink in exact color with a numerical value. I don’t think you can accurately achieve a Pantone color through 4-color printing process and that’s what makes every Pantone color so special and expensive.
And now that I’m trying my hand on interior decorating, I still love to inject some Pantone hues in the design. Right now, I’m thinking of doing it in our work area since I have a document organizer in orange, close to Tangerine Tango. But I have to do it so subtly to maintain the beach-theme in our house.
For now, here’s a free printable that may inspire you to incorporate some Pantone hues in your own space. This is based on Fall’s 2012 colors.