When it comes to my own home, I sometimes get the jitters that only a quick decorating idea can scratch. It often happens when I’ve been staring at a particular wall in a room for too long – suddenly I need a change and before you know it I’m starting a new DIY project.
The spontaneity of these projects means two things: first, they don’t always have a 100% success rate, and second, they often rely on what I already have in my DIY gear. Anyway, it just shows what you can achieve with an idea, a few materials and a lot of determination.
With the days approaching and the season where we spend the most time entertaining in our homes fast approaching, you may not be in the mood for a big project right now, so we’ve rounded up 10 of the best, most impactful things you can do in your house. home now. They’re the perfect weekend project when you want to shake things up.
Luke Arthur Wells
Luke is a design writer and award-winning blogger, known for his creative DIYs that he shares through his blog and social media accounts. Here he’s picked out some quick and relatively easy projects that will make a big impact but take less than a day to complete.
Quick decorating ideas to do in a day (or less).
1. Tackle the hallway or entryway
While your first instinct may be to spend time redecorating your living room this time of year, a hallway or hallway is a much smaller job and has the most impact per square foot. For instance, it’s your home’s first impression, while these transitional spaces both allow you to go a little more daring and create spaces for the whole family to enjoy.
This rainbow painted staircase created by interior designer Alison Damonte (opens in new tab) is an extreme example, but helps set the tone for a home full of color and character. “Instead of painting the stairs an obvious choice like white, we went for a jumbled rainbow of colors that lures you up the stairs,” says Alison. “To make things interesting, we mixed up the order of the colors so the palette doesn’t traditionally go through the spectrum.”
2. Create a new main board
Making your own headboard may sound like an expert’s job, but if you choose a design that’s easy to recreate, you can create something effective in just a few hours.
I made this headboard, inspired by a beautiful custom design found on Pinterest, using just a sheet of MDF, a jigsaw, a roll of fabric, some wadding and a staple gun, removing this dated oak bed frame original headboard and leaving the rest of the frame black. Super simple, yet transformative for this modern bedroom scheme.
3. Add a stripe
If you’re looking for low-effort, high-impact projects, embracing an interesting paint idea is the answer. “Paint effects can be a great way to change the look and feel of a room on a tight budget,” says interior designer Sophie Chapman, contributor at The Vawdrey House (opens in new tab). “On a recent project where there was little architectural interest in the room, we added a large yellow stripe to the wall to create a central backdrop for beautiful furnishings.”
Yes, it’s a bold, eye-catching move, but it also enhances the design of the room. “This helped direct the eye to the main part of the room and the main pieces of furniture we wanted to focus on,” explains Sophie. “This works especially well in large open spaces that need anchoring and demarcation.”
4. Rearrange your bookshelves
We all love a good bookshelf, right? Books can make a wonderful backdrop to our homes, but when it comes to displaying them, a more purposeful approach to book organization than alphabetical order will only enhance the look of your home.
The most impactful way to style your bookshelf? By color coordinating it in a rainbow gradient. “It creates a rainbow effect, which is an effective way to introduce color and pattern into a space using books you already own and love,” says Emma Deterding, founder of Kelling Designs (opens in new tab).
However, you can also rearrange thinking about size, through smaller blocks of color, while also contrasting books that are stacked horizontally and vertically. It’s a small detail that will completely transform the character bookshelves in your home.
5. Re-hang your curtains
Curtains play such a dominant role in an interior design – large vertical pillars that often book a room, so it is of utmost importance that they sit nicely. However, if you’ve inherited curtains with a house, or they’ve been hung in a way that doesn’t quite make them the modern window treatments you now have in mind, fixing them can be a relatively quick job.
The most important thing is to make sure your curtains don’t block too much light from your windows, something that poorly hung curtains often do. “Always allow for space on the sides of your window for the curtain “stackback”,” explains Davina Ogilvie, founder of Wovn Home. (opens in new tab). “This is the space on either side of your window that the curtains take up when they’re pulled open. If there isn’t enough stacking space, your curtains will block some of the light coming through the window when it’s fully open.’
Opting for a longer curtain rod for this reason, while also hanging it higher above your window, are some of the most transformative things you can do with your window treatments.
6. Rearrange your furniture
Rearranging your furniture is a job that doesn’t require anything except a little heavy lifting, but it’s probably the idea on this list that will transform your home the most, especially if you’re looking at something like a small living room layout.
While swapping couches and chairs, or repositioning larger pieces of furniture like a bed, will make the biggest changes (and don’t worry, you can put it back if you don’t like it), even something like swapping side tables from room to room can be enough to bring some much needed freshness to your space.
7. Try This Viral Relief Hack
Good lighting makes all the difference, but it’s not something we usually think of as a DIY project – after all, installing new lighting is a job best left to a professional. Of course, that takes time, planning, and money, so creative DIYers have come up with a way to bring the extra drama to their room that an extra wall sconce or pendant light can provide, without strings (or, in this case, wires) attached to it.
The answer? Cut the wires of your fixture short and attach it to the wall where you want your new bulb. Then customize your fixture with one of these rechargeable, remote-controlled magic light bulbs from Amazon (opens in new tab). Now you have a new light to complete your room’s lighting plan, without the need for an electrician. Why not use this idea to add pendant bedroom lighting above your bedside tables, as in this project from Tandem Interiors (opens in new tab)?
8. Install LED strip lights
Another way to introduce rechargeable lighting into your home is through LED strip lighting. You can find many LED strip lights on Amazon (opens in new tab)either battery powered, rechargeable or with a wall outlet, which can be removed and stuck to surfaces in your home to recreate some of the best designer lighting looks.
It can be along the back of shelves, under a pelmet or even as accent lighting for an interesting architectural detail like a ceiling. Of course it’s not as good as wired LED lights as you can control those with the main light switch and you don’t have to recharge them, or use fiddly cables, just spend a bit more for smart, app-controlled LED strips make them almost as good as the real thing.
9. Redecorate your coffee table
Coffee table redecorating might be something you do weekly (if not daily), but if your home is a bit stagnant, you’d be surprised what tidying up your patio and reimagining your coffee table decor can do for your space.
‘Playing with contrasting materials and colors can create a wonderful tension for the eyes’, interior designer Leyden Lewis (opens in new tab) tell us. “Placing even a few bright, bold, solid objects on a coffee table draws the eye in and centers the room;
It can have more of an effect on the furniture in the surrounding living room than you might think. “Adding a vertical element to a coffee table can help break up the similar height of surrounding furniture by drawing the viewer’s eye upward,” suggests Leyden. “This loosens up the nature of the chairs and can encourage a visual interplay between the furniture and the wall art.”