DIY Décor Tips And Ideas

DIY decor tips and ideas and how-tos for home interiors are everywhere. Whether you're looking for instructions for painting a faux finish on your walls, or how to install your own hardwood flooring, it's out there. The hard part is finding what you're looking for, and the hardest part is getting started.

Analyze your home, your style, choose a theme, and plan your decor and BOOM you're done! Sounds pretty simple doesn't it? If only it were true!

If you prefer a step by step guide that you can follow to plan your diy décor design project, you'll like the 8 steps of the:

Quick Start Guide To Home Décor


Step 1 - Your Decorating Budget And Plan

Part 1: Budget Is Not A Four Letter Word

If you haven't decided on a budget yet, as soon as you hang up your mouse, sit down and figure it out! The Quick Start Guide To Home Decor will help you do just that. It doesn't matter if your budget is $50 or $50,000 (yeah, some people actually have that kind of budget). Only then can you make a plan of attack and start researching for some fun and creative ideas that will fit in with your budget!

You shouldn't start any decorating project without knowing how much money you have to work with. If you have less than a hundred dollars, don't worry. That just means you'll probably only be doing some painting, and maybe buying some bedding or a few accessories.

If you have a budget of several hundred dollars or more, you might consider hiring a decorator for some professional advice. And a bigger budget means you can consider some big ticket items like new flooring or furniture!

Download my Quick Start Guide Project Plan Worksheet in PDF format to get started. It includes a sample guide filled in for you to see how I used it. Print out a couple of them, you'll see why in a bit. It often helps to just get it down on paper.

Using The Worksheet

It's easy enough to say 'what's your budget, cool now do your thing'. But it's usually much harder than that. How do you actually figure out what your budget is and what you spend it on?

First thing to do is forget your budget and how little money you think you have. If you have a magazine page or photo of a decorated room you like, get it and a copy of the worksheet out and go into your room and walk around the room and fill in the blanks as if money was no object. In other words, what would you 'really' like to do in there? DO NOT write down any budget or actual costs on this worksheet! Just list the things you'd like to have in there.

Taking Action

Isn't it fun to dream big? Now take the second worksheet, and be realistic with the existing furniture, walls, light fixtures etc and figure out what you need to do to work towards that goal. What exactly is in the picture or on your worksheet that you want to accomplish? Is it really the room theme you like, the color theme, the fabric or the wall treatment that you love in the inspiration photo?

You also need to take inventory of your skills. And the things you can't do, see if you can come up with someone who would help you or do it for you. Does Mom, Dad or a friend have the tools you need to do the job? That will save you a fair amount of money right there. Can you sew, paint, work with power tools? If you don't know how, check out your local home improvement store or fabric/craft store for beginner classes on the projects you want to do. Sewing isn't really that hard to learn, so maybe that's a goal for you too. Most decorative items can be made with just basic sewing skills.

Okay, now that you've filled in your 'working' worksheet with what you have to reuse, repurpose or need to acquire you're ready to add the costs. You can do a lot of research online or just take a trip to the home improvement store to get prices on the things you need and pick up a bunch of paint samples while you're at it. And then you're ready to move on to Planning - Page 2.