With the world crashing due to the coronavirus pandemic, many people are wondering how to make the most of their time at home.
Here, three British designers and interior experts spoke to FEMAIL about the home decor projects anyone can try to make their place look more Instagram-worthy, whether it’s a large family home or a flat with friends.
Suggestions from Katharine Pooley, founder of the eponymous design studio, include transforming your kids’ toys into an interesting and eye-catching ceiling element.
Meanwhile, Rebecca Snowden, interior style advisor at FurnitureChoice.co.uk, offers ideas for upcycling your old headboard, and Dani Taylor, purchasing director at Cox & Cox, provides a guide to your own gallery wall.
Best of all, most of these projects should be achievable with what you have in house – or with a handful of new purchases – and no traders are needed. So read on for some serious house style inspiration …
Change a wall in your personal gallery
Personal collection: copy one wall – or part of a wall – and turn it into your own gallery
Dani Taylor said, “Two tips in one! Framing is a great photography method for highlighting a certain area of your room as it can make an image more aesthetic and hold the viewer’s attention longer.
“You can do this by using door frames and windows in your photos, by shooting objects, or by using natural framing of shapes you can make with furniture.
The second part of this tip deals with actual, physical frames. One of the fastest and easiest ways to make any part of your home look contemporary and stylish is to add a striking gallery wall to a room.
Find photos, postcards, artwork, or even flyers that you like aesthetically and add them to a mix of frames. Then determine a suitable space to create a visually pleasant and playful gallery wall. Forget parallel placement and straight lines, use your creative side to play with shapes and create something unique. ‘
Clean up clutter
Ready for the close-up: The key to Instagram-worthy interiors is a lack of clutter, Dani Taylor said. Start by cleaning up ‘visible surfaces’ like bookcases and open shelves
Dani Taylor said, “Whether it’s Mrs. Hinch or Hollie Willoughby, one thing you’ll never see in a star house is clutter.
Upcycle a headboard
Rebecca Snowden said, “Raise an old headboard by painting it or covering it with fabric, and dry flowers to hang on the wall to create a relaxing, natural atmosphere in your bedroom.”
As good as new! Fabric upholstery or a new lick of paint will beautify your old headboard
“Although they may have a nice range of books, records or figurines, everything is in the right place and nothing looks too busy.
“Take the time to unravel the most visible places in your house in the coming weeks: the shelves in the living room, your kitchen countertop, your bookcase.
Remember the golden rule: If you haven’t used it in the past six months, do you really need it? Minimalist is inside and your house will look more elegant immediately after a clean-up. ‘
Katharine Pooley said, “One of my main concerns during this rest period is clearing out junk – there has never been a better time for Marie Kondo, so get cleaning up. This is also a great way to clear your head.
“Whether you work from home or take care of your kids, or just want a great place to take pictures, a free space is good for a bright mental space. And of course, no one wants to see your junk on Instagram. ‘
Make a statement function of children’s toys
No child’s play! Make the kids toys work for you by turning them into ceiling rugs (left) or wall fixtures (right) that are sure to surprise your little ones
Katharine Pooley said, ‘My personal favorite wall decorations are things I have collected from my travels – be it vintage travel posters, photos or decorative items – these accessories make for a great photo on the back as they add some intrigue.
“I also like to hang toys from the ceiling and place children’s toys to add life and color to a photo.”
Display the outdoors
Green with envy: Bringing it outdoors is a great way to make your home look trendy
Make your own wall hanging
Rebecca Snowden said, ‘Stand out from the crowd on Instagram by creating unique DIY pieces, such as a macrame-inspired wall mural.
“Making something yourself is not only a cheaper way of decorating, it also ensures that your feed is unique and inspiring.”
Get sly! A homemade wall hanger is a nice addition to any room in the house
Rebecca Snowden said, “The biggest trend of 2020 is thinking about the environment, so make your home more Instagram-friendly by going green; choose eco paints, upcycle and bring the outdoors in.
‘Starting an interior garden in the kitchen is a sustainable solution for city life. Being self-sufficient is an important part of an environmentally friendly lifestyle. Learn to grow your own herbs, fruits or vegetables at home, which can later be used for cooking.
Or if you’re interested in building a green screen, a staghorn fern wall is appealing to those who prefer a raw and natural aesthetic with warm wood tones.
Dani Taylor added, ‘There is one thing that all of Instagram’s popular interior photos have right now: an abundance of greenery. Biophilic design is officially “in” and plants are a great way to make a room look lush.
Best of all, if you don’t naturally have green fingers, go faux. You don’t really need to have 10-12 plants in each room either, but a good tip is to put all your fake plants in one Instagram shot to instantly add lush green ‘life’ for your perfect shot. ‘
Use a lamp as a spot
Take center stage! Consider moving around your lights so that they shine on important focal points
Dani Taylor said, “When you’re taking interior photos, you need to know what light comes into the room every day.
Paint a statement wall
Katharine Pooley said, “Another one of my tips is painting a statement wall is a great way to completely change the look of a room; and creating a beautiful background for photos. A timeless dark blue or green is an excellent choice. ‘
“The color of the light can change all day, with a warmer look at sunrise and sunset, and a cooler one at noon.
This can help create different looks for your photos depending on the type of image you want to display.
Strategically placed lamps can also be a great way to make your room look stylish.
“Use a lamp to spotlight a striking piece of furniture or even illuminate part of your room for a homely glow. Move your lights to see what works for you at your home. ‘