For over a year now, many of us have spent more time at home than we could ever have dreamed of. The upside of being holed up? It finally allowed us to dedicate some time to DIY projects. Whether you’ve focused on storage space, organization, or just a somewhat lackluster apartment design that needs upgrading, you’ve likely tackled at least one project. Here are the best ones we’ve done recently in case you need inspiration for a new one to start.
1.Paint a Front Door
Whether your front door is drab or in need of a new paint job, it’s not hard to fix it up to up your curb appeal. Here’s our step-by-step guide, so you can have a front door that looks brand new in no time!
2. Paint a Door Inside of Your Home
Don’t have a front door that you can paint? Try livening up a door inside your space instead. Here’s our tutorial with tips on how to make your door a design statement.
3. Reupholster a Chair
Swapping out a chair seat is shockingly easy—and it takes very little fabric, so you may even already have scraps at home that will work. Watch the video tutorial and get a step-by-step here.
4. Upgrade Your Closet Doors
Cursed with ugly, builder-grade closet doors? Try this surprisingly easy hack from our friend designer Keita Turner to give them a bespoke look with just a few yards of fabric and a staple gun.
5. Propagate a Plant
Have plants at home? Great news: You can turn them into more plants. Here’s our step-by-step guide to growing a new plant with cuttings from an older one.
6. Make a Cozy Window Seat!
No sewing machine? No problem! This cozy window seat was made using safety pins—all in under 20 minutes! Get the step-by-step guide here.
7. Paint Wall Colors Light and Neutral
Stick to colors like beige or gray, especially on the first floor, where flow is important. “You want to minimize jarring transitions,” says Breining. Neutral walls give you the greatest decorating flexibility, allowing you to easily switch up your accessories. And if you have two small rooms next to each other, painting them the same neutral color helps them feel larger. Look at a paint strip and move up or down a shade or two for a subtle variation from room to room, suggests Allen-Brett.
8. Living Area: Make Sure Your Sofa Talks to Your Chairs
Think of a nice hotel lobby: The furniture is arranged in groupings that invite conversation. When you place the furniture in your living room, aim for a similar sense of balance and intimacy. One common mistake to avoid: Pushing all the furniture against the walls.
9. Let The Sun Shine In Your Kitchen
Ideally, window dressings should be functional and elegant: Think sheers paired with full-length panels. If your room gets a lot of sun, opt for light colors that won’t fade. The most recommended lightweight fabrics for panels are cotton, linen, and silk blends because they tend to hang well.
These are some tips for a simple DIY home décor.