As we begin to slowly emerge from the COVID pandemic, many people around the world are relieved to finally have some little freedoms back. The option to shop in actual shops rather than online, for instance, or the freedom to go to a restaurant and dine outdoors. After spending so much time at home, a lot of us have turned to our home and interiors. DIY projects and home improvements became key trends throughout the various lockdowns that we had. In case you are still mid-way through some home improvement tasks, or are looking for tips for your next home improvement project, read on for some ideas and inspiration.
Keep it Simple
When embarking on any DIY project, keep things simple. Plan well and make sure you have all the materials or equipment needed before starting. If you need tools like a hammer and nails, paint and paintbrushes, a ladder or drill, be sure to have them available before you start. When it comes to home repairs, materials such as glues are ideal for your DIY projects. Not only are they easy and quick to work with, they are highly durable and last a long time when used on repairs or furniture construction. There are lots of effective glues available for different materials including wood, metal, plastic and leather.
Simple DIY jobs such as repainting a room or repairing and upcycling an old piece of furniture are quick and easy ways to breathe new life into a space. The latest paint trends can provide inspiration when it comes to choosing a new colour for a room. Similarly, adding home accessories livens up any room. Below are some inexpensive home accessories that are ideal for adding colour, texture and character:
- Textiles such as curtains, blankets and cushions can add a splash of colour and comfort
- Framed prints and photos on the walls can fill the space and truly add character
- Floor coverings like rugs and blankets can be used to separate different areas of a room and add dimension
- Lighting plays a huge part in creating an inviting, cosy environment in the evenings – invest in floor lamps and uplighting or dimmable bulbs to truly soften the space
- Candles are inexpensive and a very effective way to add colour and scent, plus, they create a very inviting atmosphere
- Selecting fabrics and furnishings in contrasting textures such as faux fur, wicker, linen, cotton or leather can add depth and character to a room
- Add plants to a living room or kitchen for colour and freshness
DIY decorating can be time-consuming and intensive. Be sure to make a plan and get help if needed. Decluttering and clearing out old items is often a good place to start if you have the time. Upcycling is great if you are redecorating on a budget. A fresh coat of paint, a new layout, and an upcycled coffee table can go a long way in refreshing a living room or bedroom, for instance. If you are renting your home, it is worth researching materials like removable wall paper and home accessories to freshen up and personalize your space.
Following a DIY guide to decorating your home can be very helpful in undertaking new projects. Lastly, keep an eye out online for inspiring home decor ideas. Building a Pinterest board is an easy and inspiring way to collect ideas and create a vision of your dream home. Whether it’s clean, white and minimalist or vibrant bright and bold, making the task easy and achievable will ensure great results for any DIY project.