DIY Tips for Complete Beginners

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Love it or loathe it we all have to tackle DIY in the home at some point, but the good news is that you don’t have to be Nick Knowles to spruce up your place. We’re taken it back to basics with the best DIY tips for absolute beginners.

Tackle Your Storage

You might not be handy with a hammer or a wallpaper whizz, but by nailing your storage solutions you’re at least halfway to DIY success. Minimalism is a key trend at the moment and it’s hard to achieve when your places is sprawled with tables, plants, a TV, sofa, toy boxes, pet suppliers, books and DVDs. Of course storage units are handy for keeping your stuff out of sight, but it also helps to be realistic about what you really need in each room. Be a little ruthless if necessary. You can also transform current fixtures into handy storage spaces too – unused fireplaces make for great bookcases and are very chic.

Make a Statement (Wall)

Plain walls certainly aren’t for everyone and bold wallpapers can really let your personality shine through. But if you’re not feeling brave enough to decorate your whole room in a loud print, opt for just one statement wall and cover it in a print you love. This looks particularly great behind the sofa and with plain furnishings throughout the rest of the room.

Get Colourful in the Kitchen

We’ve all seen those chic white kitchens on Pinterest and in showrooms and while they might look great there, in the average house it can look very plain and sterile. Try injecting a little colour into the room. If you’re not feeling quite brave enough to get creative with the paint, bright tablecloths, appliances and curtains can give your kitchen a new lease of life. It’s so easy to change things round on a budget too!

Mirrors

Mirrors are the best way to add light and make a room seem bigger with minimal effort. Whether you go for a unique vintage frame or a more contemporary style, a few mirrors will do wonders for your space. Try and go for designs that are similar yet distinctive for maximum effect.

Display Your Collections

We all have that one thing we love to collect so instead of keeping them on dusty shelves in the spare room, make them the star attraction in your living room. Whether it’s vases, teacups or statues, keep them all together in one place and go for contrasting sizes and colours as well as an odd number of items for a really chic look. Your place will look like it’s stepped out of the pages of a glossy home magazine and it will cost you absolutely nothing!

Make the Most of Your Furniture

Especially good if you’re trying to spruce up a rented apartment, if you’re not gifted in the DIY department make the most of your furniture. Statement sofas and chairs will make a room look put together with no effort at all. But if you’re not into the bold, jazz up a plain sofa with brightly coloured statement cushions and throws.

Our Top Ten Amazing Home Décor Tricks

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If you are looking for some simple but amazing tricks to make your home décor a little more stylish and a whole lot more unique, then you have come to the right place (or post).

Here are our favourite tricks, straight from the mouths of interior decorators. Why not give them a try and see what they can do to your home?

Add Custom Graphics to Your Furniture

Do you have light coloured furniture in the living room? Do you have a flair for the artistic? If you answered yes to both of these questions, you’ll love this trick.

All you need is a good permanent marker, a non-slip metal ruler, and a steady hand. Start off with some throw cushion covers first if you’re a bit worried about making mistakes.

Practise your patterns on some paper, and once you’ve found a design you’re happy with, you can go wild on the cushion covers. If you’re a little scared about going freehand, use that ruler to make some nice geometric patterns. Stripes and checks look great!

Open up Your Cabinets

If you have some free-standing cabinets in the home, you can easily glam them up. First of all, remove the doors from your cabinets, then get to painting the inside in some nice neutral shade.

Pin up a small piece of artwork at the back of the cabinet to use as a backdrop for your items. As for the items themselves, pick a theme and run with it – we like a nice, uncluttered collection of glassware, or a range of porcelain or similarly coloured earthenware.

Go for Space

Everyone knows that mirrors are a good way of making a room seem bigger. That much is common knowledge. But why not use this trick in a different way?

Hang a large, full length mirror on the wall. After you’ve done this, push a small table into the alcove until it is flush against the mirror. Lastly, go for broke with a focal piece – think a large bouquet of flowers or an impressive table lamp – this will add to the look.

Fake Some Built-In Cabinets

If you want to make it look like your room came with some fantastic built-in cabinets, there is a surprisingly easy way to do this.

All you need to do is to get the cabinets and tuck them into tight spaces like a corner or an alcove. Now all you have to do is to paint them so that they match the walls. Hey presto! – they look like they’ve always been there.

And there are a couple more things you can to if you want to make the illusion even more convincing. First off, get some trimboard from your local DIY store. You can add this to the cabinet doors so that they sync up perfectly with the architectural aesthetic of the walls.

Secondly, if you chose to go the dual cabinet route, consider doing something bold like mounting a desk to the wall between the two. This will make the whole thing cohesive, looking like a bit set-piece.

10 Super Simple Home Decor Tricks

Follow these super simple home decor tricks to give your home a bit of an interior design flair – without having to fork out for the designer. Most will agree that it’s the little things that make the difference. All of the small, elegant touches will add up to create a design that truly reflects who you are.

Take a look at this link for building supplies to help you get started.

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  • If you’re on a budget, scour the supermarkets for bedding – you can get some fab sheets for a really good price. To elevate them, and to make everything look a little more “done”, make your own cushions. It sounds complicated, but you can buy cheap cushions from most home furnishing stores, and then buy fabric for as little as a pound a metre.
  • Paint the back of open shelving units to make the items on display pop – plus, this shows that you’re really thinking about the design. Just don’t paint the wall white. Boring.
  • Be imaginative. Sometimes we get a bit stuck in a style rut, but if you mix and match accessories and use items for purposes that are completely different to their intended use – for example, teacups as planters or martini glasses as ice cream bowls – you can quickly create a cool and quirky look.
  • Dark furniture works best on pale floors and pale furniture on dark floors. Sounds obvious, but you’d be amazed at how many people get this wrong.
  • If you’re popping a rug under the bed for a bit of colour and texture, make sure that it sticks out by at least 18 inches on all sides – anything less and it’ll look very stingy.
  • Don’t get rid of old family heirlooms and bits and pieces your mum used to keep on her dressing table, for example. Give them their own home on a contemporary dresser, or mix and match your old pieces with brand new. Something from the 1980s doesn’t have to be kitsch and tacky – just make sure that you team it with cool contemporary items or antique pieces to offset the kitsch!
  • Keep a couple of tins of high gloss paint spray in the cupboard for when you feel like having a change of scenery. You can use it to re-do your kitchen cupboards, your wooden chairs, your dining table, photo frames – basically anything made of wood. High gloss white will work well in virtually any environment, plus, if you get any scuffs or scratches you can simply paint over them.
  • Don’t use a rug and full carpeting. It’s a little bit like wearing socks and sandals together.

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DIY Tips: 5 Must Know Home Decor Tips

It can be tricky when decorating your home, especially if you’ve got to do the whole house from top to bottom. Follow these top 5 must know home decor tips to learn exactly what you need to do – and what you should stay away from – when decorating your home. In part one of our mini-series, we talk about keeping away from cliches, mixing and matching styles and keeping small spaces warm and cosy. Take a look at this link for decorating supplies to help you on your way.

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Don’t be explicit – be implicit

Being too OTT with your style will just embarrass you in years to come. If you live near the seaside, for example, it can be tempting to go all out with conch shells, ropes and plenty of sea blue. Although that decor might suit the location of your home, it’s far too cliched to ever really be considered stylish. Instead, be implicit. Give a nod to the ocean with sandy-coloured carpets. Use pieces of washed up wood to make accessories or hammer together to create one-off pieces of furniture. Choose bright, light hues as they’ll reflect the light, bringing the brightness of the seaside indoors, for a timeless look that won’t make you feel queasy in five years’ time.

Mix and match

Don’t be afraid to mix and match styles and time periods. An antique footstool can work beautifully with a minimalist coffee table and more often than not, these humble materials – an old bit of wood or a piece of antiqued leather will work brilliantly well with contemporary materials like stainless steel or a sleek expanse of glass. Source items from charity shops and antique fairs and try to see past how something currently looks – you can always paint it, stain it or repurpose it.

Hang artwork together

You don’t need to hang just one picture on a wall. Put them into a group. Generally, the rule is that design works best in threes, but this isn’t always the case. For example, four paintings hung together in a square can look super stylish. Collage style arrangements look lovely too. For a contemporary look, use the same frame for each painting and for a cool and quirky vintage look, use a number of frame styles – wood, matte black, steel, patterned, plain. Arrange them on the floor to find something you’re happy with before arranging on the wall.

Scrimp and save

Good design doesn’t necessarily equal lots of money. You can get good design by buying cheap – you just have to be savvy. In a kitchen, for example, keep the base units and drawers and just replace the door and drawer fronts. That way, you’ll be able to afford the smart gloss finish or 100% solid oak. Shop where you wouldn’t think to shop – supermarkets often sell excellent accessories and homeware for much less than you’d think.

Sorting out a small space

Often, the emphasis is on making a space feel bigger, but sometimes, you just gotta embrace what you’ve got. And that means unifying the space, rather than dividing it with colour and pattern. As an example, in a smaller bedroom, you could wrap the headboard in the same paper as you hang on the walls.

Source: House Beautiful