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If you’re sick of cookie cutter prints and patterns, it might be time that you considered taking your first steps on the path towards creating your own decor.
Creating home decor is a fun way to combine a love for interior design with a love for creative curation. If you’re a person with any creative talents (hidden or otherwise), this can be a way to channel your creative drive into a worthy and rewarding project guaranteed to light up your home.
Cut It Out!
Sometimes, the only limit to our creativity is the resources required to be able to see a project through to completion. Most people don’t have the supplies, space or expertise required to operate the specialist equipment required to complete many complicated or bespoke jobs, such as laser cutting and engraving.
Laser cutting (click here for professional laser cutting in Melbourne) is often the preferred method for creating fine detail in wood, acrylic plastics and even some metals. It offers a more precise, professional result than manual methods (a jeweller’s saw or a coping saw) and can provide crisp lines which elevate a stencil into a work of art.
The Frame Game
One of the benefits of creating your own decor is that it gives you the opportunity to put your own artistic creations at front and centre. If you’re a painter, photographer or designer, this is the chance to express yourself visually that you’ve been waiting for.
Featured paintings deserve some extra care and love, and should be presented in a frame, or mounted accordingly. Attention to detail can be the difference between a a painting making a room and a painting which looks like a high school art class gone wrong.
Photographs should be treated similarly. Impressive, detailed prints look particularly great in large format – either printed or framed. Designed prints and posters are also at their best when they’re big, bold and boxed in by a brilliant frame.
Fabrics also provide a great way to update and transform your home or office space. Whether you’re thinking of making a set of DIY curtains or blinds, or refreshing the upholstery on a favourite piece of furniture, fabrics can provide a way to renew the colour palette of a room while also revitalising worn surfaces.
For basic upholstery, you’ll need to invest in a sharp, heavy pair of haberdashery scissors. These will make cutting through thick fabrics a breeze. Also consider upgrading your sewing machine, and purchasing both a staple gun and a glue gun – you will be glad to have these on hand in the future for quick fixes and fasteners.
If you’re wanting to make your own blinds or curtains, invest in a quality tape measure and sewing machine – and always remember – measure twice before cutting.
Be A Knit-Wit
Knitting, crocheting and handicrafts are more than greate winter weather activities, they’re also excellent ways to create chic soft furnishings and decor. Knitted throw rugs, blankets and cushion covers all make comfortable and soft additions to any room. A crocheted cover or blanket can enliven a room and provide a unique focal point – great for anyone needing a large new way to create interest in a room.
As a bonus, wool, yarn and fabric can all be purchased quite cheaply online, with a range of fibres, finishes and textures available.
Creating your own decor provides a great outlet for anyone with latent creative tendencies. It also guarantees a unique and enchanting result which is so rare in this era of mass produced trinkets, furniture and home items.