DIY Interior Design Tips
At this time of the year many people start thinking about spring cleaning, re-organizing, and giving their home a new look. The holiday period is a great time to do a little DIY. You can pick up some nice deals in the January sales, and use your time off work to get started on some decorating projects.
Here are a few tips to help you make sure that your DIY projects run smoothly:
Keep it Simple
If you don’t have a lot of experience with DIY projects then it’s not a good idea to start with a new fitted kitchen, or knocking down an interior wall! Try some simpler projects to begin with. You will learn a lot, the results will still be impressive, and you’ll avoid the stress and expense that comes with projects going wrong or taking longer than expected
Quick Changes – Paint Your Furniture
If you can’t (or don’t want to) re-paint your walls, you can still give your rooms a new look by re-painting your furniture. To do this, lay down dust sheets to protect your carpets, and cover the parts of your furniture that you don’t want to paint.
It’s a good idea to use masking tape to secure protective sheets so that there’s no risk of paint dripping or seeping into places where it shouldn’t. Use a small paint brush and work slowly and methodically. Keep a window open in the room where you’re painting, for ventilation purposes.
Try a Mural
Instead of replacing your wallpaper, why not get a large mural for your living room? Retro-style murals with board game designs, or that look like old nautical maps are in fashion at the moment, and they make great talking points for your next dinner party.
If you’re bored of your kitchen cupboards and yearn for a brighter, more open look, consider embracing open storage. Industrial shelving units may not look like much when you see them standing there, bare, but if you polish them up and fill them with some of your more interesting kitchen items, such as fine china, bottles of wine, and bowls of fruit, you’ll have a professional looking kitchen with all of your favorite items on display and within easy reach.
Mount Your TV
Instead of wasting precious floor space on a stand for your TV, make a wall mount with a difference. Hang some abstract art on the wall, and mount the TV in front of it for a stylish framed effect. Take care when mounting the TV – make sure that there are no wires behind the wall before you start drilling, and use strong brackets that you know can take the TV’s weight. Experiment with a few different angles to make sure that everyone can see the TV comfortably, and there’s no annoying glare.
Whatever DIY project you decide to work on, whether it’s big or small, make safety your primary consideration. Don’t take on a DIY project if you’re tired or stressed. Try to schedule your DIY projects during a time when there will be
someone else in the house to supervise young children and pets. The last thing
you want is to have someone distracting you or getting underfoot while you’re
working with power tools or chemicals.
Crispin Jones is the writer for Vibrant Doors – for more information check out their site .