To make sure people’s good health, safety and wellbeing, especially in this time of a pandemic, Governments around the world are asking people to stay at home as much as possible. Even though we can all appreciate some downtime, after a while, things can get quite stale and boring, especially for busy people and those who lead an active lifestyle.
To cope, people look for new interests and hobbies that can be done at home and one such activity can be DIY. There’s always something that can be done around the house and even if you’ve recently bought some new furniture pieces and decorations, looking at the same things every single day can get dreary.
Doing some small repairs and updates can be a great way to keep busy and get your mind off unsettling news, plus they’ll also breathe new life into your home. Here are several suggestions regarding easy DIY projects you can do at your home this year.
Make your entrance more inviting
Start your home improvements right from the very beginning – your front door and entrance. Pick a bright colour to repaint the door, dress it up with new hardware, add a few potted plants at the sides, install new outdoor lighting and replace the old worn-out doormat with a bold-patterned one. A bit of fresh paint, colourful details and landscaping will do wonders for your home’s curb appeal, it’ll make a lasting impression on your visitors and it’ll greet you warmly every time you come home tired after a long day at work.
Update your kitchen
Just like with your front door, the easiest way to revamp your kitchen without spending a fortune is to repaint your cabinets. A fresh coat of paint gives you the opportunity to set up a new overall theme for the central room in your home. If you aren’t up for a big change, take the subtle approach and try a calming blue or a muted green. Both colours have a soothing effect but are elegant enough to shake up things a bit especially when combined with new hardware.
Another thing that every kitchen desperately needs is plenty of storage. To begin, clear out the clutter and get rid of things you never use. If there’s no possibility to add new elements to the existing cabinets or layout, get creative with storage solutions. Add pull-out drawers in your lower cabinets so you can have more space for better and improved storage. It’s an easy project that only requires a screwdriver and a few screws and if you need more inspiration, you can always check out various YouTube tutorials and instructions online.
Go into details
Changing, adding and re-detailing the smaller details around the home can sometimes make a greater impression than just renovating one room. Consider the staircases. Stairs aren’t merely functional, they can also become a statement piece. There are many colour schemes to choose from and many ways to undertake this project. To keep things simple, keep the threads the way they are but paint the risers in vibrant colours. You can choose to do the same with the railing, posts and spindles. It won’t take up too much of your time but the result will be impressive!
Details have the power to elevate the look of your entire home so look into things you can easily swap, such as boring old pulls and door knobs. Install new ones with more form and character such as crystal, cut-glass or vintage.
Also, switch out your lampshades and the whole perception of your home will shift. You can do the same with your chandeliers, pendant lights, sconces and any other light fixture you may have. Just make sure your new picks go with the style of your home. For instance, if you live in a rustic home, you could opt for glass lanterns, but if your home is brand new, something modern and minimal might be a better choice.
Don’t forget to throw in a few more details such as pots of greenery, brightly coloured cushions for the living room sofa, a new accent rug and soft curtains to dress up the windows.
Add more interest to your walls
One of the most effective ways to add instant interest to your rooms is by decorating the walls. An eye-catching design such as a gallery wall of black and white photos or multi-coloured frames, perfectly painted grids, randomly displayed ornaments from your travels or a colourful wallpaper with an original pattern.
You really don’t have to be a famous, multi-talented designer such as Joanna Gaines to pull off a DIY project. All you need is a bit of inspiration, creativity and time. For instance, you can simply add new crown moulding. Pick the style you like, some tools and a ladder and get to work. After you’ve done it, the room will seem framed, elegant and well put together and you’ll be motivated to get on with the next project!
Just by changing a few things around your home and adding some fun details to brighten up space, you can transform your rooms from dull and dreary to inviting and comfortable without spending a fortune. With a guide like this, you’ll be able to enjoy the process, improve your home and enhance its style and comfort in no time!