This week we’re bringing you some of the best DIY design hacks so you can complete those home improvements you’ve been putting off. Now that more and more of us are returning to work or to some sort of normality, we’re spending less time at home and this is our final attempt to nudge you into getting those tasks done! As interior designers and experts in space strategy, we can help you make the most of the space you have – whether it’s at home or in the office.
We’re focussing on re-using and recycling items you’ve got around the house to help transform and re-organise. Perhaps you’re wanting a quick fix but don’t know where to start? Rather than repainting an entire room, here are some tips for freshening up your home without having to remortgage! Paint the stairs – this is the perfect way to add a splash of colour into the home without needing to move out all of the furniture. Perhaps the carpet is looking tired or the paint is worn – pick a different colour and you’d be surprised what a difference it makes!
Another of our design hacks; replacing curtains – opt for a bold print to funk up your colour scheme or choose a sleek fabric to add a touch of chic to any setting! Use the time you’re spending at home to go through photos, prints and artwork and get them frames and hung on the wall. We know you’ve been meaning to do this for ages!
Reuse old furniture that you don’t want and repurpose – we’ve seen old drawers used as flowerbeds, even old boots as flower pots! It’s definitely a time to sort through all the clutter and decide what you need and what you should have got rid of years ago. Not only will this create space but it feels so good! Depending on how creative you want to get, you can use old crockery as mosaic, you could even create a tiled splashback for behind the sink.
Our rule of thumb is; choose a colour scheme and theme and stick to it – it will help you decide on fabrics, prints and which items to repurpose and which to say goodbye to! A Bristol favourite is to create furniture from wooden pallets; from bed frames to outdoor seating, this is a rustic and cheap solution that is easy to do. Another subtle solution is to change the handles on your cupboards and drawers – it really does make a difference.
If time really is running away, our go to look-good-solution is plants! Add some greenery to your rooms; from large plants to hanging baskets – these well brighten up any space. Good luck!