Whether you’re craving a fun interior-design side project for the weekend, or your home is in need of a long overdue pick-me-up, there are plenty of interior design trends you can make yourself.
Ready to tap into your creative side? We’re featuring a handful of current design trends that anyone can easily incorporate into their own space — on a budget — without feeling overwhelmed by the task at hand.
Add a Wallpaper Accent Wall
Wallpaper is back on-trend after a multi-decade hiatus. From big-named home interior designers like Joanna Gaines to restaurants, hotels, and businesses, everyone seems to be wallpapering their interior spaces.
“Wallpaper in a bathroom or an accent wall is a great way to add texture to a space,” says Kelly Edwards, a DIY aficionado and host of HGTV's Design on a Dime. “I personally love removable wallpaper because its non-committal and allows you to change the look when you get tired of it.”
She says that if you’re going to go for it, it’s best to come prepared. Equip yourself with a good sponge for the glue, lots of sharp razors (Edwards says there isn’t such a thing as too many when laying wallpaper), and to make sure you flatten the paper in advance to nix wrinkles.
“My current favorites in wallpaper is anything from nature,” she says. “Leaves, fruit, animals for kids’ rooms, etc.” Other on-trend wallpaper designs include geometric prints, modern chintz, and unapologetic texture.
Re-Paint Your Bathroom Cabinets
Updated cabinetry can instantly transform your bathroom and you don’t have to be a pro to pull off a polished finished result, either.
“Bathroom cabinets are where you can use unexpected colors, like sky blue, yellows, and even pink, which add a fun element to any bathroom,” says Tiffany Brooks, an interior designer based in Chicago, Illinois. “You can also swap out the pulls for something that’s more on-trend, such as warm-toned brass or gold. If you don't want to get rid of your existing pulls, give them an update by spray painting them with a matte or glossy paint.”
In addition to pastels, trendy bathroom cabinet colors include dark, rich hues like navy, forest green, and even black, as well as soft grays and clean white.
Build a Plant Wall in a Blank Space
Plant walls have become increasingly popular in recent years, and there’s a reason why: they can replace traditional headboards, breathe life into an outdoor space, or serve as the focal point in your living room or office.
Plant walls can run the gamut from wall-to-wall shelves with planters splayed across, to a series of hanging macramé planters to vertical trellis’ rich with woven ivy. Creating your own plant wall from scratch is perfectly doable — there are a ton of tutorials and YouTube videos to get inspired by — and the custom-nature of it allows you to really lean into your own personal taste.
Create Your Own Reading Nook
A cozy reading nook is arguably one of the most soul-nourishing design trends of the moment, and you’ve got a ton of options when it comes to building your own. The process can be as simple as incorporating a pre-made bench with pillows that fits perfectly into a window space, installing a hanging boho chair against a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf, or nestling a pillow-doused, oversized papasan chair in the corner of your bedroom.
Edwards says she’s a big fan of window seats, in particular, since they serve both a functional and aesthetic purpose. She says, “They’re perfect for living rooms with minimal seating or even kids’ rooms and are an inexpensive way to get a ‘seating nook’ look without it being a permanent fixture to the wall. They can even provide you seating and storage in one.” If you want to build your own window seat from scratch, Edwards has written a great, step-by-step tutorial here.
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