The Lazy Woman’s Guide To Home Décor

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By Clare Bristow

I have a confession to make: I’m not enthusiastic about decorating.

I appreciate a well-decorated house as much as the next person, and I’ll happily spend time flicking through magazines and Instagram admiring people’s stylish rooms. But I just don’t feel the need to spend hours trawling home stores or tackling fiddly projects involving paint and glue guns. Not my idea of a fun leisure activity, thank you very much.

I blame my parents for my bad attitude. When I was 3, they did a great job doing up my bedroom and my brother’s. We had new wallpaper (teddy bears for me, circus pictures for him), carpet, curtains, the lot. Proud of their achievement, our parents rested on their laurels and didn’t change those rooms until we moved out of that house fifteen years later.

Tellingly, my brother and I didn’t feel the need to redecorate our rooms either. When we got too old for teddies and acrobats, we just covered them with posters and photos. The seeds had already been sown for a life of lazy décor.

While I don’t love decorating, I also don’t like living in a bare, functional house. Like most of us, I’m much happier surrounded by colors and patterns I love, items that hold memories, and pictures that make me smile.

If you’re like me and want to personalize your home with minimum time and effort – or if you’re not in a position to change much or spend much – these things could be your best friends:

Adhesive strips

Where would we be without these sticky little fellows? You can use them for all your wall-hanging needs, from clothes pegs and picture hooks to mirrors and chalkboards, without ever needing to touch a tool box. Make sure you use high-quality ones that peel off without ruining the walls.


Plants

Let nature do the work for you. Plants are natural mood-boosters, and they bring color to a room. If you’re not green-fingered, try something low-maintenance like a succulent. If you’re a serial plant-killer, try something you literally cannot kill, like cut flowers or an interestingly shaped branch.


Books

Shopping for cushions? Yawn. Shopping for books? Now you’re talking. Books are the ultimate in décor: they’re colorful, easy to arrange, they look great whether on shelves or stacked on the floor,* and everyone’s collection is unique. Oh, and you can even read them.

*This does not mean you have too many books. It means you don’t have enough shelves.


Rugs

Even the laziest decorator is capable of throwing a rug onto a floor. It’s the first thing I do when I move to a new house. It helps me to own the space and feel at home, surrounded by familiar patterns. A rug is easy to clean, and easy to move or change to give a room a new feel.


Magnets

Cheerful holiday souvenirs, fun magnetic poetry or tasteful memo pads: whichever you prefer, why would you have a boring radiator or fridge door when you could stick things on it?


Happy accidents

Sometimes the best home décor isn’t planned at all. Like the time I put a blown lightbulb in a jar on the mantelpiece until I got around to throwing it away. A year later, it’s still there because I really like it as a quirky ornament. You’re an individual, and life is full of random unexpected moments. Celebrate it through the items in your home!


Tell Us: Are you a lazy decorator, or do you love a good project? What are your easy tips for making a place feel like home?


Clare is part of the Contributing Writer Network at Thirty On Tap. To apply to become a Contributing Writer, please click HERE.

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6 thoughts on “The Lazy Woman’s Guide To Home Décor

  1. seedysyntax says:

    Thank for the fun recommendations. Also, the comforting words:” *This does not mean you have too many books. It means you don’t have enough shelves.” I’m literally aiming to get a library in my next place and still suspect to have extras on the floor.

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  2. jumagination says:

    I start off being extremely enthusiastic and a week later I morph into a lazy goat. Just one you, I love decorating with minimum effort but I want to keep it interesting. So your tips & ideas are great. What I did in flat was putting the sofa in the middle of the room, slightly attached to the bed which also shirt of in the middle. Whenever new people come into my flat, they tend to look very disoriented and confused at first 😊 Much love, Ju xx

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  3. Furniture Auckland   says:

    I appreciate a well-decorated house as much as the next person, and I’ll happily spend time flicking through magazines and Instagram admiring people’s stylish rooms. But I just don’t feel the need to spend hours trawling home stores or tackling fiddly projects involving paint and glue guns. Not my idea of a fun leisure activity, thank you very much.

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