Brightening up your home for spring can seem like a chore that can ultimately turn out pricey. Thankfully, we have stores such as Ikea and their lovely, spring-inspired decor that doesn’t break your bank!
So, I challenged myself to spruce up my living space with some greenery and simple decor from Ikea. I set the budget at $75 to see what difference could be made with realistic expectations because, let’s be real, decorating can get expensive if you let it. Here are the items I left the hustle and bustle of the marketplace with:
This is one of my favourite purchases because these posters are huge and bring a pop of greenery and colour to any space. You can easily frame these to give them a polished look or place them side by side for some contrast.
I came to the conclusion early that if I was going to be brightening up the living room I needed a fun, graphic pillow to liven up my couch with. This flamingo cushion cover was spot on. It brings contrasting textures to the cushions I already had to brighten up my grey couch and make it seem more fun.
Faux Palm Leaf – $10
The Faux Palm Leaf is an easy way to bring some jungle style greenery into any space because there are so many creative ways to use it! I personally wanted to buy a bunch and just turn my space into a jungle but my budget wasn’t the most friendly with that idea. 😉
Blue Marble Vase – $13
This gorgeous vase accompanied with the faux palm leaf is one of the real centerpieces of my newly brightened up space. It brings an airy, whimsical feel to the whole room and contrasts beautifully with the palm leaf.
Tin Plant Pot – $0.79
This purchase was an easy one. These little pots are perfect for small faux or real plants you have in your home. It brings a bit of texture to any space, and you can always switch up your pots to add different themes and textures. In this case, I wanted to bring a bit of an industrial feel to go beside the light, airy feel of the vase.
Glass Tea Light Holder – $0.79 each
How can you say no to these for 75 cents? I mean, these glass tea light holders are a great way to add some brightening features to your home. Feel free to spice it up with colourful tea lights and place them all around your home to add a comforting theme without bulky, cluttering candles.
Tea Light Candles – $4
We all love them but, big candles can make your home look cluttered and can be more of an eyesore than a decoration. But, small tea lights don’t take up as much space, give you that romantic feeling you look for and smell just as beautiful. This 30 pack of blackberry tea lights is unbeatable for $4; I won’t need candles for a long time!
The white hanging planter is a space changer for any dark corner you are looking to brighten up. Or, perfect for a plant corner near a window, where you can hang a couple of planters at different lengths for a boho chic look. Use different plants such as ivy or ferns that hang or stand up for geometric balance.
Dragon Tree – $3
The Dragon Tree was the only live purchase I made at Ikea. This little tree fits perfectly into the white hanging planter and gives the room a comforting and tropical vibe while still bringing the feminine elegance of the hanging planter.
Clear Glass Vase – $1
I like this vase because I knew the price would give me a chance to put more of the budget into what was INSIDE of it, which is really the important part anyway. I love the simplicity of it, and since it is glass it doesn’t look bulky or clash with anything else.
These faux succulents brought a pop of colour that accompanies the overall theme of the room. They are subtle and not overpowering but bring a fresh, green feel to contrast with this dark, vintage coffee table.
When I look at all the items I left Ikea with, I’m surprised and very pleased. I met my goals of decorating my space on a budget and I like all the items I found there. The hardest part of the whole experience was trying to pick what to buy in the busy aisles of Ikea. But that was short lived and totally worth it!