If, like many of us, your new normal is spending a lot of time at home, you’re probably ready for a change of scenery. Since you can’t get away, why not test your hand at some awesome DIY home decor projects? They’ll not only help you pass the time but will also give you something new and pretty to look at.
Here are four fun and easy home decor projects that will help get your creative juices flowing. You’ll love how these updates look, and the best part is they can all be done while social distancing.
Hide Unsightly Electronics
We all have those unattractive piles of electronics and cables in our home. Whether it’s in the living room, family room or the office, we’ve found a clever home decor hack that will make them disappear! All you need for this little DIY is the right size basket and a good pair of scissors.
The right size basket will depend on what you’re trying to conceal. This trick really works on anything from a power bar and jumble of cables to a stack of electronics. Test your basket out by placing the cables or video boxes inside to make sure everything fits. Then just cut a hole in the back for all the cables. Place the basket beside your TV stand or desk and voila!… no more electronics cluttering up your pretty decor.
Design a Sponge Wall
If you love the look of a gorgeous accent wall but aren’t eager to try your hand at wallpapering, this DIY is for you! The sponge wall has come a long way since the mottled full-sponge effect that was popular a few decades ago. Today’s sponge walls are light and airy, and so pretty your guests might mistake the design for wallpaper or a stencil.
This inexpensive and easy DIY requires only a sponge, some paint, and your imagination. The hardest part will be deciding on a pattern. The options are endless, but some popular choices include diamonds, basket-weave, and herringbone. Once you pick a pattern, open a fresh sponge and cut it into the shape of your choice. Then all you have to do is dip the sponge in the paint and press it firmly on the wall.
If you want a super-straight pattern, draw guidelines in pencil beforehand. But the beauty of this technique is how great the subtle imperfections look. So, go ahead and try it freehand!
Update Your Art
If you have a printer and an internet connection, you’ve got everything you need to give your art an overhaul. You probably even have extra frames tucked away in a closet somewhere. But if not, you can always switch up what’s in the frames on the walls. Just take out the artwork and measure the inside of the frame or mat. Once you know what size you need, you can start searching for your new graphics.
If you’re not sure where to start, botanicals are on trend right now and are a great way to freshen up for spring. But don’t forget to consider your color scheme. Art always pops more when it picks up some of the colors in the room. You can also get the kids involved and let them pick new artwork for their rooms.
To create large scale art that exceeds the size of your printer, try tiling the image. All you have to do is divide the image into smaller squares and then mount them together to make one large piece of art.
Brighten Your Lights
Updating your lighting is an easy way to make a big impact in any room of the house. But you don’t have to actually replace your fixtures to change the look of your lights. All you need is a can of spray paint and some tape to turn an out-of-date fixture into something you love.
This quick and inexpensive upgrade works on almost any type of lighting. If you have old brass lamps, try painting them a pretty color to match your decor. You can also use metallic spray paint to help you transform dark bronze into pale gold or shiny chrome to brushed nickel. In what seems like minutes, you’ll have all new lights to brighten your whole home.
Try these four simple DIY home decor projects to give your home a quick update and feel a sense of pride in your creations.