5 DIY And Decorating Ideas To Inspire

Many people have been working from home for the past year, and look set to continue to do so for a bit longer yet, if not permanently, and it can be easy to get a little jaded with your immediate surroundings.

But it means there’s never been a better time to spruce up your home with a DIY project, however, it’s wise to make sure that your decorating projects don’t end up devaluing your home!

From adding a luxury vibe with an MDF panelling to refreshing rooms with a lick of paint, or adding ambience with some indoor plants, we’ve rounded up five DIY and decorating ideas to inspire you to get creative.


  1. Experiment with wood panelling

Panelling is a growing trend on Instagram, where decorating influencers have been adding detailing to walls using wood or MDF trims, that give a room more character and depth.

Panelling works in the same way as striped wallpaper by making a room look taller or wider, depending on where you place the panels. There’s no defined format, and you may want to consider mid-rail or coving too.

It’s an easily achievable DIY project that does not require many tools, and can instantly transform a room. The panels can be planned using masking tape to set out how they will look before you start. It’s ideal for rooms such as the lounge or a home office and can make your home look more luxe without seeing a huge budget.


  1. Bring nature indoors

One of the big trends over the last couple of years that shows no sign of abating is biophilic design. This is simply the concept of bringing nature back into the built environment.

The lockdowns of the past year have shown us how important it is for our overall well-being and mental health to be able to connect with nature. You only need to look at social media to see how many people are now obsessed with houseplants!

As a result, many of our interior design choices have been influenced by the natural world. You can achieve the look by bringing in lots of plants, greenery, and botanical prints. Look for natural materials such as wood, cork, seagrass, jute, bamboo, raffia, and terracotta.

Earthy colour palettes and highly textured surfaces on furniture, accessories and soft furnishings will provide a multi-sensory experience. After a year of being told not to touch anything or anyone, we all crave a more tactile experience.


  1. Paint the walls and ceiling in the same hue

If you want to create an elegant backdrop with layered points of interest in the bedroom, paints the walls, ceiling, skirting boards, radiators and fireplace in the same hue, which will allow the room to flow, and create a calming and enveloping feel to the room.

You can then add contrasting, interesting features, such as wall panelling with softer round details, statement lighting, and mirrors. Concealed layers that aren’t immediately obvious can combine to create a masterpiece.


  1. Introduce a pop of joyful colour

We all want to experiment in our homes with different looks and styles, but if you’re not wanting to blow the budget, there are few cheaper ways to transform your space than with a paintbrush.

Colour can have incredible transformational power and make a huge impact on how we feel. Don’t concern yourself with what others might think, and opt for colours that stir your passions and impact how you feel.

You don’t have to go big immediately, start small by maybe upcycling an old stool, or an old dresser, then work your way up to bigger and grander projects as you gain confidence in your decorating skills.


  1. Source sustainable furniture

We have all seen a major shift towards sustainability, and interior design is no different. You can achieve this by introducing vintage and antique pieces into your home.

These kinds of furnishings are built to last and will serve you for many, many years, but not only that, but it is also one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint. The unique look of vintage furniture will add instant personality to your home too.

You can find secondhand furniture everywhere, from eBay and Facebook Marketplace to more specialist sites such as Vinterior or Pamono.

Don’t forget to check out any local flea markets and auction houses, which also sounds like a fine idea for an excursion out of the house!

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