DIY Interior Design: Faking It Until You Make It

If you feel disappointed with the appearance of your house then join the club. We’ve all seen those TV shows and watched with envy as professional interior designers do an outstanding job of turning somebody’s humble abode into a jaw-dropping palace which appears to have doubled or tripled in value. Of course, renovating a home takes time, money, and an abundance of stamina… surely?

Well, in one respect, yes, it does take a lot to update and renovate a house. However, in another respect, it might not be quite as hard to achieve as TV and magazine experts in the field would like you to believe. With the right training manual, anybody can become good at interior design. Here are some DIY tips which might help you improve your house’s aesthetic in small ways to make a huge difference.

Do your research.

Before you get stuck into the project of renovating your home, you need a solid plan. Go through each of the rooms in your house and make some notes of the things you’d like to change. Perhaps you’d like to make some overall improvements, such as painting the walls around the house, and perhaps you’d like to make some specific improvements, such as replacing the bathroom sink or the kitchen cabinets. Once you have a list of everything you’d like to change in your house, you can start to cost the project. Calculate the costs of resources and other materials so that you can figure out how much the overall project is going to cost you.

If the total cost is within your budget then you can sigh with relief. If it isn’t within your budget, of course, then you might want to have a think about approaching the project. Perhaps you don’t think everything on the list is a necessity; if you could take out a couple of things to get the total cost within your budget and you’re happy to return to those smaller projects in the future then that’s fine. Of course, there are other options out there such as same day loans, which are available to all people, regardless of their credit history. The point is that you need to think about the financial cost of the project. Whichever route you choose, you don’t want to be in a situation wherein you can only afford to half-complete the renovation of your home. That’ll make it look worse than before you started.

Color is key.

When it comes to getting interior design right, you need to focus on color. Wallpapers and intriguing patterns can be nice in a room whilst they’re still fresh and modern, but trends have a habit of fading. That isn’t to say you should entirely ignore contemporary trends, as we’ve discussed some interesting ones such as floral aesthetics in furnishings. However, if you want to really improve your home’s interior design then you need to think about timelessness.

The key to timeless is to focus on things which look visually appealing rather than things which are “in” and “relevant” right now. Furnishings and designs which simply look good never go out of fashion. You should focus on neutral colors such as whites, creamy shades, and light blues when painting your walls, for example; it’s a better alternative wallpaper. Neutral colors might seem boring but they provide opportunity and scope to add personal designs later. They also freshen a room; white naturally reflects sunlight pouring in through windows and will make your home look brighter during the day.

Don’t shy away from second-hand.

Shabby-chic is definitely a thing, and it’s not a passing trend either. There’s something universally charming about a refurbished piece of furniture. If you think your DIY skills have improved throughout your interior design process then maybe you could reconsider replacing your old and broken furniture not with a brand new furnishing but with a second-hand purchase. They might often look shabby and in need of repair but you could really save yourself some money by doing it yourself; you could make an old oak table or dining chair look brand new if you know how to polish it down and remove stains.

At the end of the day, a successful interior design project all comes down to your willingness to work hard. If you don’t have the money to get someone else to do a professional job with your property then find the time to do it yourself. Faking a professional job isn’t beyond your limits.