Home truly is where the heart is- it’s the safest and most comfortable place in the world. The place we spend quality time with family, entertain friends and rest and recuperate after a long day. So it needs to be somewhere we’re happy to spend time in, with pleasant surroundings that we enjoy taking in. And with a little creativity, you can achieve this for less money than you’d think and actually have fun in the process. Here are a few fun DIYs to decorate your home and really make it your own.
Frame your own art creations
You don’t have to be a professional artist or designer to be proud of what you create. If you enjoy playing with watercolour or one of your hobbies is making pictures or designs in Photoshop then why not display your best work? You could create a gallery wall made up of smaller pieces, or go big- you can find frames to fit A2 size pictures and these bigger dimensions would make for a great statement piece for over a sofa or in a large hallway. Best of all, you can switch these out and update them every time you create a new piece you love. You could make pieces specifically to fit in with your decor, or just use it as a way to highlight your work.
Make curtains and/ or cushion covers
Are you handy with a sewing machine, or fancy learning a new craft? Sewing your own cushion covers and curtains can save you massively based on items you’d buy ready made in the shops. Plus, you’ve got far more choice as you can choose from many more fabrics and create them to fit your windows or sofas perfectly. If you want to match things like curtain covers, cushions and seat covers then you’re easily able to do so. It’s not as difficult as you’d think making these kinds of items, there are all kinds of tutorials and guides online to help you.
Upcycle a piece of furniture
Does it feel like everyone you know has the same, mass produced Ikea furniture in their homes? You might be onto something here, while inexpensive, basic furniture will do the job, it’s often lacking in personality. If you like your pieces to be more interesting, perhaps with a bit of history then why not upcycle? Find an old chest of drawers, a dressing table, a tv stand or bookcase that’s been sold cheaply or given away, and bring it back to life. Sand it down, give it a coat of paint and switch out the hardware. Line the drawers with pretty drawer liners and you can make an old fashioned and outdated piece of furniture look beautiful again.