Home Improvement: 8 Easy DIY Projects
Mix with rich textures, soothing hues, and subtle patterns.
As we continue to spend more time than ever at home, it’s imperative to make your space a place that’s cool, calm, and clutter-free. Keep reading for 8 easy projects that can be tackled today with minimal money.
1//Bring the outdoors in
Adding organic elements like an olive branch arrangement, sisal rugs, and natural fabrics gives an effortless texture that creates a sense of calm. Blurring the lines between indoors and out expands your square footage visually and often physically. Let indoor-outdoor fabrics in the same neutral color palette play off each other to create a seamless aesthetic.
2//Cut the chaos
Designing around mindfulness means creating a space for meditation and reading, or a simple perch to let the sunlight in amid a quiet, tech-free moment. Feather in irresistibly soft layers of pillows and throws, mixed with rich textures, soothing hues, and subtle patterns for an always inviting aesthetic. Add a little candlelight to complement the soothing feel.
3//Edit your space
Just because the dining room cabinet is in the dining room, doesn’t mean it has to stay there. Would you be better served by moving it to the library or office and housing stacks of books there in lieu of dishes? Take a look at the furnishings you already own, edit their contents, and give it new life with a fresh coat of paint or moving it to another room.
4//Discover your go-to recipe
After a shelter-in-place overload, we’re ready to (responsibly) party! Set your dining space in a way that’s ready for a small celebration with friends and loved ones. Take the time to test new recipes and mix-and-match your place settings so you’re “entertaining ready” when the time comes.
5//Find ways to play
Spending more time at home makes us crave ways to play. Get more from your nesting by adding a big screen TV, pool table, or table tennis in your game room, basement, or loft area. For smaller flex-spaces, consider a poker table that can also welcome puzzles and board games.
6//Display art that inspires
Build the statement wall of your dreams by creating a gallery wall of your favorite photos and memories. Customize a look that suits your style by using consistent or mixing-and-matching frames, styles, and sizes. Display your growing art collection on a simple shelf, making new additions a breeze.
7//Start a design project with your kids
Kids’ bedrooms and playrooms support a variety of activities. Give an aspiring artist plenty of room to create their masterpieces with a craft table; construct a storage solution for your child’s play, sleep, and study spaces; or add personalized storage containers to cubbies and base cabinets to show kids where everything goes at the end of the day.
8//Fulfill New Year’s resolutions
Dedicate a room to wellness and exercise (or dance parties) by clearing out a bedroom and creating a studio retreat. Whether you appreciate exercise or a daybed to regroup, make it a space you’ll use beyond hosting holiday house guests.
By Kerrie L. Kelly