ExecutiveChronicles | 11 DIY Easy Home-Design Projects | You probably spend a lot of time at home, even if you’re a social butterfly. Most people love spending time in their own spaces, whether entertaining or spending time alone. However, to truly enjoy your home, you need to make it feel like it’s your home, and nobody else has ever lived there before you. If you built your house from the ground up, you might have already had an opportunity to design your home any way you want, but if you’re a renter or purchased your home, you’ll need to spruce it up a bit to make it look like yours. Here are easy home design projects you can start this weekend.
Are you constantly losing your keys? That’s probably because you don’t have a keyholder near your front door offering you a place to put your keys when you come home, so you know exactly where to find them the next day. All you need to make a stable keyholder is a hammer, nails, and wood. You can also use command strips to stick your key rack to the wall without damaging the paint.
2. Wall Art
You don’t have to go to an art show and buy something expensive to hang on your walls; all you need to do is visit a craft store and purchase paint supplies, including a canvas, paintbrushes, and paint. The best part is you don’t have to be an artist to hang your art on a wall. Instead, you can dip your pet’s paw print in non-toxic paint and let them walk all over the canvas. If you have children, you can let them paint a beautiful picture for any room of your home.
3. Balcony Dog Potty Area
If you live in an upper-floor apartment, giving your dog all the potty breaks they want can be difficult, especially if you’re not always home to take them out. However, you can build your dog a place to go potty outside without ever leaving the apartment. A balcony potty area for dogs can be made from natural grass and dirt or turf and gives them the experience of going potty outside without having to leash up.
The balcony dog potty area is also great for training puppies or doggy accidents. Building the balcony porch potty requires some carpentry skills, and you’ll need pieces of wood to form your frame, turf, and tubing for a drain hole.
4. Lawn Care
Winter is finally coming to an end, which means it’s time to focus on helping your grass thrive before summer arrives. While sunshine and rain can help healthy grass grow, you might have dead patches that detract from your home’s beautiful exterior. Simple lawn care can go a long way to making your home have better curb appeal.
5. Suitcase Dog Bed
If you’re like many pet parents, your dog is allowed to sleep whenever he chooses, which means you might have multiple dog beds and blankets on the floor. You can make your home look bigger by giving your dog one excellent dog bed that you can take with you from room to room, so they never have to sleep alone.
To give your dog a safe, comfy space that’s all theirs, all you need is a suitcase, pillows, blankets, or an existing dog bed. The suitcase will give your dog’s new bed higher walls so they can feel secure.
Believe it or not, the colors within your home can impact your mood, so it’s important to choose colors that make you feel happy and calm. Painting a single wall in your home is a cost-effective way to make it feel homier while giving it a little bit of style. You can paint entire rooms and ceilings, too.
If you don’t want to make a considerable commitment, you can also start painting furniture. For example, you can paint bookcases, tables, desks, and dressers to give your space a pop of color.
If you can’t paint your home for some reason, you can invest in peel-and-stick wallpaper. All you have to do is measure your wall to ensure you’re buying enough and stick the wallpaper on carefully.
7. Swap Out Doorknobs
Even the smallest change can have a huge impact on the look of your home. Swapping out your doorknobs can make any room feel more luxurious and comfortable. It can also help you make old, outdated, and even worn doorknobs easier to use and more comfortable in your hand. All you need to swap out your doorknobs is a screwdriver!
8. Floating Bookshelves
Floating bookshelves can help you save wall space and make it look like your books and knick-knacks are hovering above the floor, giving your room a cool, modern vibe. To make it look like your belongings are floating, all you have to do is secure a metal shelf to the wall.
9. Closet Shelving
Most people don’t have enough money to spend on custom built-ins for their closets, but if you have enough space, you can add closet shelving in the form of bookshelves to make your closet truly unique. All you have to do is find the right bookshelves for your shoes, clothes, and jackets. It might take a little bit of design trial and error, but it’s worth it to be able to feel like you’ve stepped into an HGTV show.
10. Home Improvements
Nothing improves the design of your home, like fixing things that are broken. Covering up holes and cracks in the walls can make your house look brand new without putting in too much effort. Even minor home improvements like fixing or replacing broken door handles and baseboards can make your home more welcoming.
11. Spring Cleaning
Designing your home will be difficult if you’re walking through rooms filled with clutter. Instead of trying to redesign your home with new products, consider organizing and decluttering your home first. It might even be worth it to hire a moving company to put some items in storage. You never know what you’ll find that you can use to save money on expensive design projects.
You should aim to declutter your home every few months, but Spring is the best time for a deep clean because it’s the perfect weather to help you feel energized and start new again. Cleaning your home can make it feel larger and more vibrant without the need to spend money.
Marné Amoguis holds a B.A. in International Business from UC San Diego. She is a contributing writer at 365businesstips.com where she loves sharing her passion for digital marketing. Outside of writing, she loves traveling, playing music, and hiking.