DIY Redecorating: Choosing the Theme and Doing it Yourself
2012 is a busy year, with major football tournaments, the Olympics and the Queen’s Jubilee. Isn’t it time for your home to become an event all of its own? Design is everywhere right now, from the appearance of old Olympic posters, the famous colours of the rings themselves and the decadent images of the monarchy over the years. If you’re not already taking inspiration for a theme for your home, then now is the time to start.
Doing it yourself is right on trend at the moment and there is no shortage of themes to get your creative juices flowing. From mix and match colour to the smooth ‘60s look, industrial décor to art and crafts, the only hardship is picking the right one.
Now brace yourself, this may sound strange, but the trend of mixing and matching is taking off. Taking the pressure off homemakers by bucking against the need for perfection, the idea is that clashing colours will add a vibrant nonchalance to a home. Scatter celebratory Jubilee cushions across sofas, add hints of chintz and pull the look together with fluorescent furniture and pastel coloured walls. It will certainly make an impression and visitors won’t be leaving without something to say.
Thanks to television’s recent obsession with making and sewing, the craft craze has taken off in the home with near levels of mania for the look that amounts to ‘accessible twee’. The great thing about the craft theme is its essence of inclusion. It is all about sticking, gluing, sewing and stapling, and provides fun for all the family.
Customise your cushions with the family’s initials, update old textiles with sequins and bows and don’t shy away from the odd bold slogan or two. Think ‘keep calm and carry on’.
Mad Men has been off the TV screens for some time but its return is bound to have would-be-designers clamoring for the ‘60s look. A leather sofa, plenty of colourful acrylic and not a hard edge in sight will make the look.
Zigzag patterns help too and the decade was fond of oranges, reds and browns. Cap off the living room with sophisticated glass coffee tables that come complete with magazine racks to show off the style magazines that reflect your taste. Betty Draper style, without the drama.
If a tougher, more considered look is more your thing then the industrial look could be for you. Some homes cry out for the rough edges of exposed brick and the refusal to cover up a room’s roots can often have amazing effects. To get the look, pair the rough and smooth of wood and exposed metal. In the kitchen, the stripped grain of a cheap dining table and chairs will appear wonderfully cool and considered surrounded by alloy worktops.
In other areas of the home, old storage units will add a quick contemporary style fix and wherever possible attempt to expose the mechanics behind your lighting and heating.
Redecorating your home is the easy part, but deciding on the theme might not be quite so simple. Think about creating mood boards and using magazines to help with your decision, once you have reached it, the DIY fun can begin.