Even if you’ve never handled a drill and don’t know how to turn on a power tool, you can still carry out simple renovations at home. The following guide offers several quick and easy DIY home decorating ideas that you can certainly undertake.
Curtains and Draperies
The right curtains and draperies can help pull together a room’s entire design scheme, and can also provide shade and privacy; but what if you’d rather not drill holes in the wall? One alternative is to use a tension rod, which can be balanced within the top recess of the window frame. The curtains can be hung from the rod with curtain rings, or can be stitched so that the tension rod runs through them at the top. Another alternative is to use adhesive hooks. Read the label to ensure that these will bear the weight of the curtain rod of your choice. Place the hooks on the wall and balance the rod within the hooks. Once the rod is in place, hang the curtains with curtain rings. For more information, use this quick guide to buying the proper curtains.
Installing flooring is actually easier than it looks, thanks to easy-to-install vinyl tiles. For beginners, such tiles, solid-coloured or in simple patterns, are the best option because these can be easily matched across the floor. Stone, wood veneer, glass and porcelain tiles are a bit more complicated to install because of the grouting required. If you’re a novice, choose adhesive-backed vinyl tiles that are pre-cut in squares or strips, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Online resources, such as YouTube, offer helpful videos on installing vinyl tiling.
While painting might seem like a major renovation job to a newbie, it’s actually not difficult at all, and can be done with a minimum of fuss as long as the prep work is done properly. This includes taping over mouldings and other areas to protect them from dripping paint; having the right equipment in the way of rollers, brushes and paint thinners; and choosing the right type of paint for the room. Typically, indoor latex-based paint will work with most types of wall surfaces, except for certain types of stucco finishes that require a heavy-nap roller to push the paint deeper into the textured surface.
A new colour can change the entire personality of a room, but before making a choice, consider the room’s proportions. If it’s on the small side, then a dark colour might make it look even more closed-in. Likewise, a too-light colour might make a large room look absolutely cavernous. For larger rooms, medium colours and rich, vivid jewel tones are ideal. If you really want jewel tones in a shoebox-sized living room, you can make it work by painting the moulding in a lighter shade.
The right accessories can make a world of difference, especially if a room is starting to look outdated and worn. Here are some quick and easy ways to accessorise that worn-out living room or bedroom:
Throw pillows can bring a burst of colour into any room. Choose pillows in contrasting shades that match the tone of the overall look; and for extra visual appeal, combine pillows of different shapes, sizes and fabrics. As a rule of thumb, heavier fabrics, such as damasks and velvet-based materials, tend to look better in formal rooms, while lightweight cottons, chintzes and linens look better in a casual setting. Remember, too, that lightweight cottons and natural fibres are easier to clean – but manufacturers recommend that most decorator pillows be dry cleaned. For quick spot cleaning, use a slightly moistened cloth and dab gently, then rub dry and leave the pillow to air out. If you’re talented with a needle, you can make throw pillows yourself. Choose lightweight cottons and chintzes that are easy to work with, and don’t forget the polyfoam or fibrefill material for the stuffing.
Antique objects and vintage furniture can add picturesque charm to a room, and also serve as a focal point around a themed decor that you’ve created. Be sure to check eBay for unusual finds to brighten up a living room or bedroom. Popular vintage home decorating items include enamel signs, figural andirons, antique screens, steamer trunks, and Ottomans.
Second-hand pictures can transform a wall into a showplace. If there isn’t a lot of wall space, invest in small table-sized paintings, which can be displayed on miniature easels. A DIY home renovation doesn’t have to be a major overhaul. Even if you don’t have any handyman skills, you can do wonders for your home with a bit of paint, a few pillows and accessories, and a bit of imagination.