Decorating With Bird Cages
One of the most unique and economical ways to spruce up your home dιcor is to dig through items you already own and find a way to use them as embellishments around your house. For instance, if you find a bird cage or two tucked away in your attic or taking up space in your garage, you can bring them into your living room, den or family room. There are numerous ways to use bird cages throughout your home. Following are some ideas to get you started.
If you have a pretty bird cage that you can easily hang from a hook in the ceiling, consider placing a potted plant inside of it. Greenery that boasts long, twisting tendrils such as ivy or philodendrons will look especially lovely once their vines begin to loop around and dangle through the decorative wire of the cage. Make it even more attractive by painting the cage in a shade that complements the planter. For instance, a terra cotta pot looks lovely in a turquoise cage. A yellow planter will stand out nicely in a cage painted purple.
Bird cages are charming when combined with vintage books. You can pile up a stack of oversized antique hardcover novels and set a rustic-looking cage on top, or tuck some old paperbacks inside of a
larger bird cage. A fun twist on this idea is to choose relevant classic titles, such as The Raven, To Kill a Mockingbird and Birdman of Alcatraz.
Knickknacks and bird cages are another enjoyable combination. Display mismatched teacups and saucers inside of a cage or create a scene with some delightful dollhouse furnishings. Alternatively, if you have a collection of small cages, they can become knickknacks themselves. Group them together on your fireplace mantle, curio shelves or hung flush against a wall. Paint them in an array of shades to coordinate with the room's design scheme.
Once you begin to consider more ways that you can decorate using old bird cages, you may find yourself with a new hobby. Hunt for them at flea markets, antique stores and yard sales. Soon you will have a distinctive and darling collection to call your own.
Article by Robert Lobitz