Wow, we’ve been away for awhile! I have also been away from my projects for too long, and I don’t have anything ready to decorate my apartment with for fall. I have already spent the weekend thrifting and shopping for deals, and have begun to work on some new tutorials. In the meantime, here are some great DIY projects you can start now to keep up on these awesome trends.
A gallery style wall is a great way to display some of your favorite art, or create a theme for your room. From big empty walls, to small spaces, you can create a gallery wall that looks expensive for a small price.
You will need different sized frames, that you can pick up from any dollar store or you can get thrifty and check garage sales and secondhand stores. The frames don’t matter, feel free to mix it up and get creative. Bronze, wood, black, white, a can of spray paint if you’re not happy with the color the frame is.
The art can come from books, magazines, existing paintings, or some of your own work. If you like to draw or do photography, now is your time to shine.
Geometric decor has been popping up a lot in the last few years, and one popular trend is mixing hexagon tiles with wood flooring. For something cheaper (and less permanent), there are many fun ways to incorporate this trend in your home.
Using a stencil to cut fabric into a hexagon shape for a pillow is a good start. The linked tutorial uses old denim, though any fabric could be used as well. You could also put the fabric on a canvas for a unique piece of wall art. Mix in some metallic paper in rose gold or copper tones, for another trendy look.
Shelving can be expensive, this neat DIY makes honeycomb style shelving using popsicle sticks! You can skip the wood stain (smelly, and difficult to work with if you don’t have a well ventilated area to let them dry) and use paint instead.
Coasters are always needed at my house, and this tutorial shows an easy way to combine the new hexagon trend with last year’s marble. Just because the trend is over doesn’t make it any less appealing.
Macrame came and went, and came back again! This hippy trend can fit in with almost any decor, just by changing the color of the rope and how you work with it. A door curtain doesn’t need to be in a hallway getting in your way, it can fit in an open closet door instead of having to trek up to the hardware store for new fixtures. A large dowel and rope is all you need. Use beige rope for a more rustic or nautical look, and white for a cleaner design. If that’s too much for you, try it on a smaller scale with a plant hanger.
It’s not just macrame that’s picking up steam, but Celtic knots as well. Pillows are usually the final touch to a room, finishing that last piece is so rewarding. This knot pillow tutorial could become addictive, you don’t have to limit yourself to one knot style. Practice with rope to try different knots, then create your pillow.
More coasters? More coasters. Using some simple knots, you can make some super cool trivets or coasters using rope. I recommend using a foam base to help keep them flat and stable over a long period of time. You can experiment with colors as well!
Americana All The Way
Vintage looks and farmhouse decor will always be in style. Gone are the roosters and fruit of the past, leaving rustic decor that will age gracefully. Look for plain ceramics, earth tones, handmade furniture, and vintage decorations. A little rust can be cleaned away, and white wash paint can be diluted for a weathered look on furniture.