Home Tip: Decorating Up

Staggered LightingAfter converting the basement into my sewing studio (read a little about that HERE), I spent a lot of time thinking about how to decorate a space that you can’t use the walls. This could be for many reasons… our reason was because the basement isn’t finished, there was only one wall that had drywall and I didn’t want to get in to drilling holes in concrete. Maybe you have a room that’s all windows, or you rent and can’t paint or hang a lot of items… whatever the reason, a cool way to solve the problem is to use your ceiling space and decorate up! The most obvious way to do this would be to use lighting, as seen in the set about {photo credits: 1, 2, 3, 4}. You could DIY the first one with fishing line and crystal drop beads hanging around a single light bulb to fill a smaller area. You could easily hang lanterns from rope in a staggered pattern to give a rustic feel to a longer space. You could refashion old decanters to bring a vintage feel or use punched copper lanterns in a moroccan shape to make a dramatic statement.

Outdoors Hanging In

Another less obvious option would be to bring the outdoors inside like the set of pictures above {photo credits: 1, 2, 3, 4}. I love the look of the tree branch hanging in between the lighting fixtures in the bright white room of the first picture. Hanging wire bird cages in a variety of sizes and shapes would be really cute in a nursery or any girly room! You could easily hang jars with twine and then change the whole look of a room depending on what color flowers you put in them! If you want a really chic and simple statement hanging from your ceiling, use white ceramic planters filled with succulents!

Practical Hanging Storage

The set of pictures above show another, much more practical idea for hanging decor and that is storage {photo credits 1, 2, 3, 4}, Hang metal buckets in any color from the ceiling using rope and S-hooks, that way you can remove the buckets easily and hang them back up when you’re done! Hanging crates of any size makes it easy for you to store just about anything. These wire hanging bookshelves look fantastic with books, but you could even put small bins in the frames and fill them with anything you like. The last picture is a pattern for these crocheted pouches that can hang from anything… fill it with kid’s stuffed animals, towels or brushes in your bathroom, the possibilities are endless!

For our basement, I went with a version of bringing the outdoors in  and I’ll post more about it once the basement is all decorated.  Have any of you come across the same problem and come up with a cool way to decorate using your ceiling? I’d love to hear what you did!