What is the first thing people say when they enter your home? If they’re not asking who did your interior design, you’re probably in need of some ideas. But don’t worry, your creativity isn’t missing. It just needs to be unlocked.
Fortunately, you don’t have to spend tons of money to take your interior design to the next level. With some smart DIY projects, you’ll have everyone talking about your gorgeous home.
1. Be Unique
Many people instinctively try to mimic popular trends, even when creating their own designs. They look at what the wealthy are doing and find a way to do the same thing at a much lower cost. You can do this effectively, if you have the know-how and the commitment.
However, modern luxury is not about scope or cost but uniqueness. Think about the featured homes on this site – they don’t look like each other at all! Keep this in mind when designing your DIY projects. You can recreate some of the basics, but you need some statement pieces, too.
2. Choose a Theme
One mistake that many DIY interior designers make is that they build the pieces that they fall in love with, rather than those that fit a theme. They end up with some beautiful designs that just don’t go together.
Choose a theme from the start so that you don’t get excited by pieces you won’t be able to use. Unfortunately, disparate pieces make it feel like you got everything at the same sale, grabbing whatever you found.
3. Industrial Is In
You have probably noticed that industrial interior design is all the rage. This type of design combines sleek modern interiors with raw, vintage materials. Industrial design makes it possible to leave your pipes exposed without compromising your theme.
Of course, you don’t need to go that far. Incorporating industrial design styles into your theme gives you the opportunity to create statement pieces that are both striking and cheap. However, this shouldn’t be a technique you use just to save money. If industrial-style pieces don’t fit your theme, don’t force it.
4. Comfort Is Key
The trouble with DIY designers that take advantage of the industrial trend is that they often forget about comfort. They end up with a beautiful variety of couches and chairs which cause pain rather than pleasure. Or big, sparse rooms that are hard to heat. People quickly forget how beautiful your furniture is when they have nowhere to sit.
But more importantly, you’re living here. Don’t sacrifice your comfort. Good interior design makes comfort a priority. A comfy home is automatically going to be attractive.
One of the most effective and practical ways to use DIY projects for great interior design is upcycling. Upcycling refers to taking something that is already a part of your home and making it striking. This may be something as mundane as a window, or even something that was previously undesirable.
Upcycling requires you to view everything in your home in the light of what could be. Let your mind go wild. Not everything you think of will make sense, but you’ll come up with some great designs for what you already have.