Popular DIY projects
With prices constantly increasing, you can save money by embracing DIY. If you’re a DIY beginner building your own conservatory may not be the ideal first job, but there are plenty of easy projects that will provide an instant lift to your home.
Here are some project ideas for inspiration:
Sewing has recently seen a surge in popularity and there are plenty of easy projects that are ideal for novice sewers. To add an instant update to your room, cushion covers and curtains are easy projects that will help you gain confidence with your sewing machine.
Tip! Finished curtains should be 1.5 to 2.5 times wider than the window for a full look.
If you’re bored of your space, go for maximum impact. Add bright patterns to walls or furniture, add a large light fitting or paint a wall in a bold shade to create a completely new look.
The hallway is a great place to start as this small self-contained project can give a house a whole new look and feel. Choose paint wisely to make the space look wider, add a mirror to create more light and invest in clever storage to keep it neat and tidy.
Don’t hide your DIY projects beneath a layer of newspapers or toys that don’t have a home; storage is key. Each home is different, so figure out what’s causing your clutter. Toys can be easily tidied away into large storage boxes whereas a home office may need something more systematic.
Tip! Sanding the face of a hammer head will help stop it slipping when hitting nail heads.
New from old
DIY doesn’t need to cost a fortune, so check what you’ve already got. Can your furniture or accessories be re-vamped with a lick of paint? If you’ve got a lot of leftover paint, put it to good use on chairs, storage boxes and message boards. Unused wallpaper can be used to cover shelves, create door panels or even art for your walls.
Hide the flaws
Creative crafting can improve even the smallest or darkest rooms, it’s all about choosing the right look. Vertical stripes can make a ceiling look higher while mirrors add light and a sense of space. If your room lacks a purpose, why not create a focal point and design the room around it?
Tip! Warm tones will make cold spaces feel cosier.
Make the most of your space
If you’re not planning on extending your house, you can make the most of the space you have by creating different zones in your room by adding a room divider or utilising contrasting colour schemes. If you’re in need of a home office, but don’t have a spare room, this is a great way to section off a corner of your living room.
Tip! To keep your floors clean, glue a paper plate to the bottom of a paint can to catch any drips.
Think outside the box
There are plenty of projects that will add impact, even if they’re not the most obvious. Adding coving, wall stickers or even new door handles can update your room just as much as painting or wallpapering.
It’s in the detail
Trims and tassels, a brightly coloured vase or even a collection of small multi-coloured frames can freshen up a tired looking room.
Tip! Add frosted film to your windows, as a contemporary alternative to blinds.
If you’re in need of more room, look out for space which isn’t being used. Add shelves above doorways for books and boxes and free up space elsewhere. If you’ve got space underneath the stairs, why not make the most of the area by creating a home office?
How can John Lewis help?
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