Have the winter blahs got you down? Are you bored of spending time indoors? Does it feel like your walls starting to close in on you? With the advantage of extra free time on our hands these days, now is the perfect chance to add a little personality and pizzazz to your place with some easy DIY projects that will brighten up your everyday.
Even if you aren't especially crafty or handy, here are a few simple ideas to inspire your imagination and creativity.
Pot a plant
Green up your scene by bringing a little bit of nature indoors with potted plants. For those without a green thumb, cactus and succulents are fairly low maintenance. Choose from a variety of planters, from teacups and tin cans to colourful plastic and classic terra cotta or retro macramé hanging plant holders that look great and save space.
Show your walls some love
Whether you're a budding Picasso, a snappy photographer, or prefer to support local artists, you can easily create a unique showpiece by hanging some art. Gather a gallery of themed or eclectic prints, mix up the sizes and frames and make this easy display picture rail as a focal point in your room. Check out how at Juniper Home Blog.
Welcome yourself home
Set the scene for a happy arrival with an easy to make doormat. Simply pick up an affordable sisal mat at your local dollar store, along with some craft paint and stencils, or let your creativity go wild free hand. Check out Sarah Hearts' blog for some more unique ideas.
Have a sweeter sleep
Bring some style to your slumber with a stunning headboard. No need to spend hundreds of dollars, simply pick up a few rubber doormats, decide on a colour theme, and this DIY dream easily becomes a reality! Check out this Moroccan style design for inspiration!
Fake a linen closet
No linen closet in your bathroom? No problem! Create some extra storage space with style by attaching baskets to the wall for a spot to stash extra towels and washcloths.
Here's looking at you
Mirrors are an easy way to update your space. They reflect light which helps make rooms appear bigger and brighter. Almost anything can be used to reframe a mirror, from fabric and beads to driftwood, baskets and more. Scratch and Stitch have a few more ideas to inspire your imagination.
Pamper your pillows - Whether brightly coloured, boldly patterned, or neutral, pillows add instant style to a sofa, chair, or piled on the floor. Update old tired pillows with these easy no-sew DIY tips by Monica Skov.
Step up your shelving
Looking for a cool idea that saves space, creates style and gives you somewhere to display things? A single or double ladder is just the thing. Easy to refinish, stain or paint, blankets and magazines look great on a single rack, while books, plants, or a display of your collectable knickknacks create instant interest. Here's an easy DIY hint HGTV shared.
Practical and fashionable, this DIY bench is the perfect place to tie your shoe, toss your keys, or add an easy accent piece to display plants, books or pillows. From rustic to retro, brightly painted or even decoupage, simply attach hairpin legs to a piece of wood and create a little style nook. Check out how on Garrison Street Design Studio blog!
Pretty up old pieces
Give that old desk, tabletop, mirror frame, or even appliance an instant make-over with easy to apply contact paper or vinyl wallpaper. With hundreds of patterns from nature-inspired and vintage prints to abstract and retro designs, the possibilities are endless! Learn more over at the Wallpaper from the 70's blog!