5 Easy DIY Tips to Elevate Your Home

Our Instagram and TikTok feeds are constantly flooded with people tackling DIY home projects. It seems as though everyone is trying to take their home to the next level, whether it’s through repaving a patio or building a basketball court! While these projects may look intimidating on social media, not every improvement to your house has to be “Insta-worthy”. There are plenty of smaller scale projects you can take on to make your home feel more like, well, home.

1. Paint an accent wall.
You don’t need to repaint the entire house to make an impact. In fact, you might be better off not doing so! A tasteful accent wall can add personality and identity to a room while drawing attention to a specific area.

An accent wall can be a different design, colour, or even just a slightly different shade to the other walls nearby. When done, it creates a focal point. Find a colour swatch that pops and complements your style and take over one of the walls in the space. If painting seems like too much work, consider using wallpaper. There are great affordable options that you can apply yourself, that are also forgiving when it comes to wrinkles.

2. Create a gallery wall.
Let’s be real. You have great taste, so why not share it?! A gallery wall is a timeless feature that is so much more than your grandma’s photo album. You can order preassembled gallery walls with selected artworks and frames that complement each other, but we think it’s best to do it all from scratch! Find some high-quality, high-resolution photos that you love, that also work well together. Then, source some stylish frames and assemble them on the wall.

Be sure to check out gallery wall images online for some frame spacing inspiration, and make sure the gallery matches the aesthetic you’re going for.

3. Jar organisers.
Stop throwing away used jars and repurpose them instead! Used jars (once cleaned) make for great containers. You can use them in your kitchen, bathroom, or workspace. Label each jar and store things like nuts, hair accessories or pegs in them. Buying these household items in bulk and storing them in used jars can also help to reduce waste. Plus, they’ll give your pantry, desk or laundry cupboard a clean, social media-worthy finish.

4. DIY shelving.
If you want to flex (or develop) your handy skills, shelving is a great starting point! Size up your timber, grab a stud finder, spirit level, brackets and wall anchors to get started on a true DIY project that can change the entire feel of your home.

Neatly assembled shelving can be a great way to declutter certain areas and showcase your prized possessions. Plus, it makes cleaning more manageable in the long term.

5. Revamp lampshades
If you’re holding on to a lamp from your uni days for its sentimental value or simply because you haven’t found a replacement, it may be time for an update. But there’s no need to toss it away just yet! For a quick DIY project that takes less than an hour, source an updated lampshade you can swap out to make your lamp look brand new.

If you’re feeling extra creative, you could paint over your original drum shade and experiment with colours to make it a great accessory for your new accent wall. Show your old lamp some love and bring it into the present day!

Remember to always prioritise safety while working on DIY projects, especially when working with hardware. Don’t be afraid to get creative and personalise these ideas to match your unique style and taste. Happy crafting!

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