Dr. Jonas Salk was a prize-winning biologist who came to believe architecture could influence the mind; spaces, he believed, can promote creativity, keep us alert, lead to relaxation and even enhance social intimacy.
So why is it so many of us are afraid to redecorate our space? Blame it on our budgets (it's not like we can all live in something that looks like this).
Which is why we've come up with 30 unique décor tips that will help you spruce up your space without breaking the bank. From adding some architectural oomph (without actually tearing down a wall) to making windows look larger, we've got each room in your home re-covered.
Let the décor games begin!
Use Cushions As Seats
Instead of spending loads on pricey chairs, reach for oversized cushions (in bright colours and bold patterns!) to increase a room's seating capacity.
Say No To Mass Produced Art
Instead of buying expensive artwork, get creative with large collages, wallpaper scraps or maps or hang a beautifully patterned fabric from wooden dowels. Off-the-shelf frames with kids art can make your home unique.
Paint An Accent Wall
Paint an accent wall a high-contrast colour (the brighter the better). All you need is a single quart to make the transformation happen.
Decorate Your Countertop With Flower Pots
Countertop in need of some life? Pop some plants inside colourful metal planters for a cheerful look at a cheap price.
A Juicy Addition
Add this no-fuss centrepiece to a table! Ripened fruit in a wooden bowl is simple, accessible and chic.
Create A Focal Point
Whether it's a single item or a group of items placed together, creating a major focal point can make a room look more spacious -- and can save you more cash than by spending money on several ornate pieces.
Mix And Match From Different Sets
Uniform sets are out; mixing and matching is in. To create a gorgeous and trendy living room, dining room or table-setting, mix and match pieces from different furniture sets.
Decorate With Black And White
These classic colours can create dramatic space that looks expensive and has a lot of bang without the buck.
Buy Bold Lamps
Use lamps that have shape and sculpture. Lamps that are too small can make your space look cheap and are often just as expensive as show-stopping lights.
Reuse Your Furniture
This budget-friendly tip prevents you from spending loads when you can just revamp the old. Don't have the money to spend on a new media unit? Try an antique armoire.
Don't Spend On Decorative Cushions
<a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/274323/pillow-projects/@center/277001/diy-decorating" target="_hplink">Try turning old pillow cases and bedsheets into chic throw pillow shams</a>.
To create gorgeous patterns and accentuate any space, all you need is <a href="http://www.diynetwork.com/topics/stenciling/index.html" target="_hplink">cardboard, paint and an exacto knife</a>! Detailing your home has never been so easy and budget-friendly.
Help Your Hallways With A Rug
A large decorative rug or hallway runner will hide scuffs and mask worn hardwood; it's much less expensive than having your floors refinished or sanded down.
Instead of buying new pricey storage units, cover old boxes of varying sizes with different papers and materials. You can even paint them!
Chalkboards and blackboards are an easy, budget-friendly purchase and add a fun touch to kids' rooms, kitchens and studies. You can even paint your own on a wall using store-bought paint.
Use Nature As Inspiration
The great outdoors is just outside your window. Collect branches and place them in a large vase or fill different sized jars with herbs, leaves and flowers to add colour to a beige room.
Sea You Later, Expensive Accents!
Oceanic accents are trendy and keep your budget in control. Giant clams and oyster shells can be used on their own for decorative purposes and can also make great bowls to hold anything from candy to potpourri. Sticking a variety of shells in all different shapes and sizes on different walls and frames can also make your home worth sea-ing.
Mirror, Mirror On The Wall
Mirrors come in a variety of shapes, sizes and prices. Hanging mirrors on walls, or installing them in opposite windows or doorways, also creates the illusion of space.
Mix And Match Low With High
Mixing high-end products that are on sale with inexpensive accessories will give any room a chic look that's on-trend for fall. So go ahead: combine high-end pieces with vintage accessories and flea market finds.
Hang A Collection
Hang eye-catching ornaments in your kitchen, like an eclectic collection of silver trays or pots filled with greenery.
Appeal To The Senses
An affordable way of making your house zen? Bring in pleasant sounds and smells with wind chimes, table-top fountains and aromatic candles.
Add A Fresh Coat Of Paint
To add a lift to a room, get some new paint and coat the walls. A cheap way to get your rooms looking clean and fresh!
Cluster Materials Together
Grouping together intriguing framed photos in interesting ways creates a unique presentation -- and is much less costly than displaying art, photography or building a shelving unit.
Change Handles, Drawer Pulls And Door Knobs
Changing cabinet handles, door knobs and drawer pulls can bring a whole new style and look to your existing cabinetry. Faucet handles are also a quick and cheap fix that can up the glam in a home.
Fake Architectural Detail
Materials like painter's tape allow you to paint horizontal or vertical lines or create shapes like rectangles or squares on walls.
Create Your Own Window Drapes
Hang fabric panels on rods that are wider than the actual window frame; this costs less than regular window draping and gives the illusion that your window is much larger than it actually is.
Add A Ceiling Fan
Upgrade your living area or bedroom with a small ceiling fan -- they often cost under $100.
Add Cover Slips
Revamp large pieces of furniture with slipcovers. This, combined with changing around pillow shams and materials, will make it appear as if you've done a major reno or room overhaul.
Invest In Casters
Want a floating island in your kitchen, but don't want to spend the extra dough? Invest (barely) in a caster. You can even attach wheels onto one to create rollable storage.
Monogram For Less
Doing this craft yourself with iron-on decals -- and foregoing spending money on it professionally -- will add some oomph to staid home objects without breaking the bank.