Live like an interior designer: Use this guide to DIY with 5 tips focusing on sustainability

Right now, you’re probably sitting at home pondering over different ways you can optimize your living space in case you’re never allowed to go outside again... Don’t worry, I am here to give you a quick fix with a series of tips for you to become the ultimate home designer.

As DIY has a reputation of damaging the planet, I will give you some pro tips that will instead enhance the environments wellbeing, along the way.

1. Paint your space in the colour which suits your interior

Have your walls started to look a bit tired? Give your space a fresh look up with a simple DIY painting session. Since you moved in you have most probably bought new furniture in a whole array of nuances which matches well with the other interior, but the walls have not followed the progress.

Get a hold of a Pantone colour chart or use their app (shown in the picture below) and choose the colour you feel is right for each room. Try to resist the trending colours and select one that you love that is timeless to maximize the life cycle of your space!

Pro tip. Buy non-toxic paint – this can be found on the shelves in most hardware stores.

2. Create an indoor garden and make it feel like the amazon forest

While you’re not allowed to go outside in the nature you might as well invite nature inside your home. Greenery can seem soothing and give a more natural sense to an indoor space. According to a Journal of Psychological Antrhopology study they can even reduce stress as well and lower blood pressure. A great way of starting your own plant project is by using kitchen scraps and give them an extended life time. Even some of our most frequently used products are easy to re-plant. Garlic (a single clove is enough!), celery, onion & ginger are perfect for your own little home garden. And wouldn’t you just love to pick out a fresh garlic clove and mix it in to your dinner recipe?

Bloomberg reported in April ’19 sales of inside greenery have increased 50% among millennials. The best thing is that you can find houseplants that require very little maintenance. Most cactuses – for example – only requires to be watered once a week.

PRO TIP: Source locally. In this economic crisis your local garden shop needs your help more than ever.

3. Art should be an essential part of your home

Artwork alone can transform the feel of a space. Why not support a local artist and buy a few statement pieces to bring a bit of new live into your interior.

Or if you are feeling crafty use the painting skills you have acquired by painting the living room, buy some paint and start thinking about how you can create a piece that will work within your space.

You can also start by sourcing second hand decor and use these to dress the space. If your style is a bit more eclectic this a great way to start your “at home”-art exhibition.

And remember: “Everything you can imagine is real”. The artistic side of you will only be allowed to fully express itself when you have taken the first step. So… do it!

PRO TIP: When selecting your art make sure it ties in with your interior colour palette.

4. Become crafty and upcycle your furniture

Upcycling is one of the most relevant subjects in interior design and no wonder! It is budget friendly, sustainable & anyone can do it. Yes, anyone! I will encourage you to look around your home – if you are there now – and find that one object, that maybe does not fit in to your style any longer. Could the stool be re-upholstered, the wardrobe painted or the shelves utilized better?

The satisfaction of seeing a furniture piece that you have done through preparation, hard work and creativity is like no other. I encourage you to start today and look at this guide for process from idea to execution.

PRO TIP: Find a natural textile with a natural dye for re-upholstering. Wool is great a material!

5. Let the light define your atmosphere

Light is in many ways an under appreciated part of the interior. Because we have so many dark hours, we really should consider how illuminating our space, can give a different feeling all together.

Right now, one of the most interesting solutions is Smart Lights by producers such as Philip Hue & LIFX. This is what I would call a more technological DIY-project as you have to play with the settings to find the colour that suits your interior. The colours can absolutely transform your space.

PRO TIP: The bulb might cost a bit more, but you will save energy!

Grow with your interior design ideas

With the time you have now, these small steps are a great way to start letting your creativity flow free. Make sure to be patient but also persistent once you have started. Do it when you are in positive mindset and set aside a 30-45 minutes at a time to make sure you feel inspired. If you feel like going longer then most certainly do so!

I feel that we often neglect the small things we can do to make our life more enjoyable in our homes. Not for our guests but more importantly for ourselves. These small adjustments will give you a bigger sense of “feel good” from something that YOU build. Start small and gradually become better.