With the start of spring, plenty of us are feel energized to
revamp our design styles. Here are 10 projects to help you get inspired.
Embrace a Rustic Look
Rolling barn doors, exposed wood beams, and a picturesque
view of tranquil mountains are just a few things that scream “rustic” by
design. But not all of us have the finances – or the energy – to redesign or
relocate our home to give us the rustic vibes we crave.
Want a quick, less intensive option? Go outside and find a
stick. The bigger the stick, the better. Maybe go for one with some moss, or
cobwebs, or other nature-y things attached, like a locust shell. Then, bring it
inside and nail it to the wall. Use darker or aged nails so they don’t stand
out too much, and feel free to hang them in any arrangement that speaks to you.
Quick-Fix Man Cave
If you’re spending a lot of time at home right now, being
around your partner 24/7 can get really old, really fast. Need a bit of space?
Set up a man cave!
Don’t worry about needing an entire extra room to dedicate
to the space, though. All you need is two bookshelves and a drill. After
constructing the shelves, angle them to divide a section of a room. The smaller
the section, the better. All you need in your space is yourself, after all! Be
sure to use the electric drill to anchor the shelves securely to the wall so
they don’t topple over. Drag in a lawn chair from your patio and portable TV,
then crack open a cold one with the boys and enjoy your handiwork.
Add a Pop of Color
It’s advice you hear all the time: Add some color here!
Throw a splash of color there! But what does it mean? And how does one accomplish it artfully?
Easy. Go and purchase a few cans of paint – whichever colors
you’re looking to implement in your home. Set them up in the middle of the
room, then tell the kids to have at it with a paint war! Their craftiness will
surprise you, and undoubtedly, the room will have plenty of pops of color by
the time they’re done. For extra flair, let your pets walk through the paint,
too! For a truly cohesive look, don’t bother covering or removing the furniture.
Bring Back a Retro Trend
History repeats itself, and sometimes, that’s a good thing.
Plaid – Welsh for “party,” and a North American synonym for the tartan pattern
– has waxed and waned in popularity for several centuries in the U.S. In our
opinion, it’s due for another comeback.
We’re not talking about a simple plaid chair or a tartan
throw. Nowadays, interior design is all about being loud and in your face, so put
it on chairs, walls, flooring, and anywhere else there’s blank space. Make your
entire room an acid trip of tartan patterns in various colors. Trust us, it’s
Center Your Energy
Perhaps the chaos of plaid everywhere is too over-the-top
for you. Slow things down by connecting with your energy and the energy of the
world around you with crystals like clear quartz and bloodstone.
Don’t have crystals on hand? Head outside and gather some
rocks, then bring them inside in an environmentally-conscious reusable bag (Mother
Nature will thank you for it later). Throw them around the room – and don’t be
afraid to cast them far and wide. The more energy you put behind throwing them,
the more energy they’ll have to protect your home; if a window breaks, that’s
just how the energy has to be.
Less Work, More Play
Working from home is tedious, and it can be hard to set down
the laptop at the end of the day and make time for a bit of fun. Break up the monotony
with something to encourage play, like a ball pit!
Set up a small inflatable pool, fill it with primary-colored
balls, and get to playing. When you hit a challenging problem at work just sit
down and channel your inner toddler until the answer comes to you. Stripping
down to tighty-whities a plus, but not required.
Upgrade the Stuffed Animal Collection
Maybe you and/or your kids are too old for things like ball
pits and extreme finger painting; that doesn’t mean you have to let go of
everything from your childhood memories! Stuffed animals often hold years of
memories even after they stop serving the specific function of filling our
Ready to move on from stuffed unicorns and dapper teddy
bears in three piece suits? Embrace taxidermy! You don’t have to hunt the
animals yourself, but if anyone asks, feel free to make up a dramatic story
about how they were acquired. Tell them you were scuba diving in Majorca and
discovered the animals on an ancient shipwreck. Everyone will believe you.
Oh, and just a fair warning: Taxidermy animals are not
guaranteed to bring as much joy as, say, a beloved narwhal named Clarisse. Whether
you’re upgrading your kids’ collection or your own, prepare for some tears.
Make Your Home Pet Friendly
Hypothetical taxidermy have you feeling guilty? Make your
home the ultimate pet sanctuary instead by give your fur babies free reign of
Have a horse? Throw hay around your living room like
confetti (but keep him confined to the living room – do not let him loose in a hospital). This will not only incentivize
them to come inside, but will encourage them to stay a while. Pets who have
special needs for safety reasons should still be kept in a relatively
controlled space, but hardy little bastards like ferrets or lemurs should roam
free. Worried about animals damaging your home? They’re just holding you
accountable for all those renovations you’ve been putting off.
Think Millennial Pink
Everyone has an opinion on Millennials, good or bad, but we’re
not going to dive into the politics of it all. Instead, let’s focus on one of
the many amazing and spectacular things to come from this generation:
This soft color is great for accent walls, chairs, bedding,
and even clothes. Decorate your entire home with it to show off your Millennial
status, or to help come to terms with the burning desire you’ve always had to
be part of the best generation ever. We’re a generation that’s not patient
until we’re being petty, so take your time; we’ll wait.
If you’re feeling like these suggestions are too much for
you to accomplish, don’t sweat it! In this age of promoting self-care, we want
you to take on challenging but doable projects. What’s something everyone can
manage? Duct tape!
Find that dilapidated office chair or that
barely-keeping-it-together jewelry box and slap some duct tape onto it. Use
traditional silver for a classic look, grab camouflage print to blend in, or
neon orange to stand out. There are so many options, the possibilities really
are endless. Duct tape is strong enough to hold your life and grandma’s old dining table together, so use it liberally.
Take Time for You
Whichever project you decide to go with, make sure you’re
doing it because you want to! With
all the chaos in the world, it’s important to do things that bring you joy. Be
sure to send us photos of the finished product!
Happy April Fool’s Day
from NewHomeSource! NewHomeSource does not recommend pursuing any of the above
renovations; proceed at your own risk. Friendly reminder to only allow
responsible adults access to tools, supervise children in all activities
(aggressive finger painting or otherwise), and if you make a taxidermy trophy
room, acquire animals ethically and legally. For real interior design
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