Your home is your element. Naturally, you want it to reflect your identify, and for most of us geeks, a big part of that identity is the shows, movies, games, and other pop culture staples to which we’ve dedicated ourselves for the majority of our lives. But here’s the problem: how can you decorate your house in a way that shows off these interests and appeals to both you and your guests, while simultaneously remaining cost-effective enough to be feasible additions?
Show Off Your Interests
The main purpose here is to show off what interests you, so before you even start thinking about how to decorate, think about what those interests are. Are they franchises you’ve loved since you were a kid? Are they some of your favorite movies? Are they board games or collections you own? Once you identify these key subjects, you can start brainstorming how to integrate them into your living environment in a meaningful and cost-efficient way.
These are just some of the décor ideas you can use to geek-ify your home:
- Use vinyl lettering. Vinyl lettering is more affordable than you might think. The only hard part here is coming up with an idea for what to include; with customized options, you can develop not just letters, but symbols to fit whatever nerd fare you love. It won’t cost you much, especially if you install it yourself, which is a relatively simple matter. It should only take you a few minutes, and removing it is simple if you ever change your mind later.
- Make your own decorative items. There’s no limit to what you can create on a budget, especially when it comes to simple items like pillows, blankets, or even tablecloths. A trip to the craft store with even $20 can get you everything you need for a basic décor project. You can use an image board like Pinterest to draw inspiration for projects, or use images from your interests to guide your hand. You could even go to the hardware store if you felt like building something bigger, like a custom table.
- Paint your walls. Think of your walls as a canvas; all you need is a bit of paint, which you can usually get for under $100 (even in great quantities), and you can turn them into anything you want. You could add small flourishes, like logos or iconography from your favorite pop culture franchises, or go a little more in-depth with a large-scale silhouette. For this, all you’ll need is a projector and a transparency with your silhouette of choice. Project your image at the proper scale onto the wall, and trace it with your paint color of choice.
- Build shelves and displays. Building a shelf or a display case may sound like a significant and intimidating undertaking, but the reality is, there are many ways to build a shelf, and most of them are approachable, even for newcomers. These are ideal for showing off your collections, prized possessions, and other nerdy fare.
- Use items you already own as decorations. Sometimes, your items themselves can serve as decorations. For example, you could set up your old video game cartridges along one of your walls, or on a shelf that’s otherwise going unused, or you could use your favorite board game pieces as part of an art project that you hang on your wall.
These five approaches are just a handful of ideas that can take your home to a geeky level without breaking your budget. The only real limits here are your own imagination. Try to draw inspiration from your surroundings. How could you transform that piece of furniture? How could you turn your prized possession into a decoration? A little creativity can go a long way!