DIY and Thrifting
DIY projects are slowly beginning to gain power and momentum in the interior design process, but we're not talking painting walls, tiling floors or hit and miss plumbing! We're talking self expression and personalising our homes by repurposing things to create unique, individual and completely personal 'works of art'.
The lean towards artisan, handmade, items, the resurgence of the craft movement and the trend for thrifting, all combine here to take the creativity of the homeowner to a different level.
Good interior design is all about style combined with personal taste. Expressing our personalities through our homes is fashionable these days and achieving that with furniture and decor that has meaning, that makes us smile, that says this is us, this is who we are; and which showcases your creative flair and ability, is not only effective but enjoyable too.
Whether we're talking re-vamping old chairs, creating something new from scratch, finding unusual or alternative uses for everyday things or clever ways to create extra storage and organisation, you as the home owner, are in effect the 'site manager', in complete control of each and every project and its potential to ultimately reflect your personality and lifestyle.
Design should be fun and lively, so try taking materials out of context and using them in a new or unexpected way. If you try and let yourself think as simplistically as a child does, your mind's eye will let you conjure up new functions for everyday objects. Some of the suggestions that made me smile were, upholstering your sofa with old jeans, making cushion covers from shirts and jumpers and hanging knives and forks from chandeliers???
OK, so maybe not covering your sofa in jeans or hanging knives and forks from your designer chandelier, but you get the drift - think out of the box and be a little bit whimsy and quirky to truly express your personality.