If you've spent much of the last strange few months confined to your house, you might have experienced the urge to change your decor. If now isn't the time for a major overhaul but you still want to changes things up, sometimes a few simple new pieces can make the whole space feel fresh and updated. So, we've discovered a few beautiful DIY home hacks using linen to help you bring a new look to your house.
Working with the beauty and texture of natural fabrics like linen is a great way to add interest and style to a tired interior. Using fabric as a starting point can help you pull together a room, and it needn’t break the bank. And repurposing or upcycling old pieces of furniture or fabrics helps the planet too. Here are seven low-cost, easy DIYs using linen to create an eye-catching, Instagrammable feature for your home:
DIY Wooden Pallet Bed
Rather than buying a brand new bed, try making your own using wooden pallets. This style of bed is all over interior websites and magazines thanks to the low-cost/ high visual impact. It's a clever, stylish way to repurpose existing timber, making this a perfect idea for those of us trying to live more sustainably.
A pallet bed is also brilliant for a student moving into a rented space as it's easy to assemble, and can be packed up when it's time to move on. Create a rustic, cosy bedroom with a pallet bed finished off with a set of sumptuous bedlinen.
Cute and clever curtains
Create a French country vibe by hanging linen curtains (or making your own from some linen fabric) in front of unsightly kitchen units. Linen is machine washable, so you can simply bundle the curtains into the wash to keep your kitchen sparkling. Curtains also work well on a landing or in a bedroom to hide open shelving. Hang thick, wide linen curtains from chic metal rails and say goodbye to the clutter.
Upcycle a vintage trolley
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If you love rummaging around antique markets why not hunt for something really unique, like one of these vintage trolleys? Painted and then strewn with a linen runner, it makes a perfect (portable) coffee table. You could also use it to store piles of colourful cushions or winter throws and make a feature of the piece.
Wood hanging rail
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Getting organised in the kitchen needn’t mean hiding utensils and kitchen linens in drawers. By hanging a piece of wood (foraged on a walk or salvaged from a beach) you can create a beautiful hanging rail. Simply add some metal hooks and gorgeous linen tea towels, and finish with some scented herbs or wooden utensils.
Transform an ordinary stepladder into some handy and super stylish shelving with just a lick of paint and a few plants or favourite ceramics. These stepladder shelves are perfect for hanging linen bags or towels from, and so versatile that you can easily move them around and between rooms. If you are renting your apartment and can’t put up permanent shelving, or you like to regularly switch up your interior, these ladder shelves are just what you need.
This ingenious decorating hack uses two contrasting colours to create height and interest. Stick to a complementary palette and this will look amazing whatever proportion of the wall you choose to paint. It’s cheaper and less work than repainting the whole room, and you can add some matching pops of colour with cushions or throws.
Make a feature out of curtain fixtures
Curtain fixtures are not particularly inspiring, but here’s a clever way to add some charming detail to an otherwise boring area of your room. Jute rope looks great tied through rings on heavy linen curtains, or for summer you could hang some gauzy white linen from ring-pull pegs (very inexpensive) for a no-sew homemade alternative to a blind.