According to My Move, 15.9 million people moved home during the first six months of COVID-19. That’s 15.9 million new starts, clean slates, and fresh beginnings. Some of us have moved due to changes in our job, to escape the city, or to be near family again, and some of us have moved because we’ve had no choice due to the pandemic.
Whatever the reason, if there’s one thing we’ve learnt throughout the past year, it’s that nesting is absolutely essential.
In a world where we are spending more time at home than ever, it turns out that flat-pack furniture and a plastic plant just no longer cut it. Your home is your sanctuary, whether it’s a rented studio or your family home, and you owe it to yourself to make your mark on it.
As we approach the summer, there’s never been a better time to get the creative juices flowing by projecting your own taste and flair into some DIY art for your home. Art is something that elevates a space, and unless you’ve got a BA in Art History, nobody will know that these easy and jaw-dropping creations don’t have a jaw-dropping price tag to go with them.
If you love the colourful splashy chaos that resides on a Jackson Pollock, but don’t have a spare £10 million in the bank, then look no further! You can DIY for under £20. All you need is a canvas (whatever size you like), some brushes, and a basic set of oil paints. You can get all this on Amazon and have it delivered on the very same day, so if the creative juices are flowing, you won’t have long to wait before you can unleash your inner artist!
Put down some newspapers, throw on an old t-shirt, and just go crazy. Not only will this look gorgeous if you select your favourite colours, but it’s also incredibly therapeutic. Don’t forget – cheap wine and an Olivia Rodrigo playlist is an absolute essential. If you’re a fan of the Kardashians, channel your inner Art Vandelay and prepare to be amazed by how fantastic a few splashes and streaks of oil paint can look on a white canvas. Remember, more is more.
For those with a little more self-control, and who perhaps have an invested interest in unleashing their artistic potential, why not take a life-drawing class? As the world slowly begins to open up again, you’ll be amazed at the art and craft workshops that are right on your doorstep – it just takes a little research. These kinds of workshops are great for teaching you the basics of drawing, colour, and appreciating the human form.
Also, for those of us who have been feeling particularly isolated over the past year, these types of classes can be a great way to meet new people and find friends with common interests and hobbies. So, what are you waiting for?
If you like a little more order in your home, and you want your artwork to reflect that, be inspired by Terry Frost and create some more abstract pieces that focus around lines, shapes, and block colours. You might find the need to be neat and exact intimidating, but whoever said that you couldn’t use a ruler in art?
When it comes to making your own artwork, there are no rules. Simply drawing repetitive shapes, a series of circles or even a square grid, meticulously filled out in bold, block colours, can be incredibly powerful and striking when placed on a plain white wall. So, whether you prefer to freestyle your creativity or channel it into a specific shape, with a ruler and pencil by your side, you can’t go wrong.
If there’s one thing we’ve suddenly got time for since we began working from home, it’s upcycling furniture! The next time you’re looking at a scruffy bedside table or a chipped mirror, think twice before throwing it out. There are so many ways you can transform your furniture. Small methods such as metallic spray paint to give a bronze effect, or chalk paint to replicate the shabby chic trend that dominates kitchens all over the country are so easy to do. If you want to take it one step further, try your hand at upholstering or carpentry and see what you can do with some old furniture and a new idea.
Here are some of our favourite upcycling Instagram accounts to follow for more inspiration on how to transform your home, from the small and simple to the bold and brazen..
If you do one thing this summer, get creative. Wherever you are, whether you’re settling into a new home or trying to find inspiration within an old one, inject a sense of personality into it by making something that reflects your style and taste. You’ll be amazed at how wonderful it feels to come home and be greeted by something that came from your own imagination.
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