Any time we move into a new place, one of our very favourite parts of settling in is decorating. We get to choose new pieces, new aesthetics, and new spots to put things! Rather than just repeating the same decor items or buying new things in stores, however, we like to take moving as an opportunity to make some new things that are a little more custom to our space. Right now, we’re looking to finish off our new living room, which is why we’ve been scouring the Internet for awesome DIY living room decor pieces we think might suit well.
Are you feeling quite enamoured with the idea of making DIY living decor for your own home too? Check out these 15 ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance!
1. Floor to ceiling pallet wall paneling
If you’re going to put in the time and effort it takes to add some kind of decorative DIY element to your living room, would you rather create something that’s not only permanent but that will help establish the aesthetic a little more solidly, like a style anchor? In that case, we think you might get a real kick out of the way eHow used reclaimed wood to make this fully panelled wall behind their media unit!
2. Custom made and hand painted pallet wall art
Have we actually caught your attention quite well with this whole idea of making some kind of rustic looking decor feature out of reclaimed wood but you’re just not sure you’re quite up for the challenge of transforming an entire wall so heavily? Well, if you’ve ever liked painting, then we think maybe you’ll get along a little better with something like this large painted wood pallet sign outlined step by step on Katherine Wandell!
3. Homemade wooden sofa table
Just in case you love the idea of making yourself a nice wooden living room piece from scratch but you’d really prefer to move away from the realm of wall mounted ideas, here’s another design that’s awesome for woodworking enthusiasts, even if you’re a total beginner! Check out this tutorial from Jenna Sue Design Co. to see how they built this stained wood console table to fill the space behind their couch. It’s actually a lot simple to do than it looks!
4. Repurposed mirror coffee table
Maybe you are feeling quite enthusiastic indeed about this whole concept of building yourself some kind of farmhouse chic piece and you’re even interested in the wooden furniture idea we’ve introduced, but you’re also a slightly flashier person when it comes to style? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at the way In My Own Style made a wooden coffee table that features a mirrored top!
5. Wire basket and wood side table
Maybe you’re quite intrigued indeed by the process of making a table but you’re also not sure you have the space for a full sized coffee table? In that case, we have a feeling you might get along a little better with a homemade side table idea instead. We really like the interesting contrast created in this wire and wood piece that’s made from a waste paper basket that Twin Dragonfly Designs flipped upside down.
6. 5-minute dollar store pillar candles
When we started talking about the idea of making some kind of DIY living room decor, were you thinking more about the smaller decorative details rather than actual full-sized furniture pieces? In that case, we have a feeling you might get along a little better with something like these dollar store pillar candles that Four Generations, One Roof teaches you how to make using all dollar supplies. They really do only take five minutes to make!
7. Striped armchair coffee caddy
If you’re going to make something for your living room, would you rather it be something that you might actually use? Well, if you love enjoying your morning coffee by the TV just as much as we do, if not more, then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Francois et Moi made this super useful armchair coffee caddy and painted it with an adorably striped pattern.
8. Ombre rope blanket basket
Did we catch your attention quite well when we started talking about DIY living room pieces that will actually have a practical use but you’d rather make something storage based? In that case, we think you might prefer to create something like this DIY rope basket that Lydia Out Loud used to store their throw blankets. We really appreciate the way they added an ombre coating of paint so give it a bit of a colour pop! It’s a detail that will look neat in any colour you choose.
9. DIY blanket ladder
Just in case you’re feeling quite enthusiastic about the idea of making blanket storage or some kind but you’re just not sure you want to sit down and make a whole basket, here’s another alternative for your consideration. Cherished Bliss worked along a slightly more rustic aesthetic by making themselves this awesome upcycled wood ladder and hanging their different blankets on the different rungs, keeping them easily accessible as it leans nice and easily against the wall.
10. Raw cotton and jute twine mason jar vase
Maybe you really would prefer to make something that is just purely decorative but you’re feeling quite enthused by the concept of working with an old fashioned or vintage inspired aesthetic? In that case, you just might be the perfect person to give this raw cotton and jute twine mason jar vase outlined step by step on The Kay’s Place a try. It’s simple but its visual impact is great!
11. DIY distressed farmhouse tray tables
Did we almost catch and hold your attention when we started talking about things that might be practical for your morning coffee routine but you’re just not sure the coffee caddy we showed you earlier is quite big enough for you, since you’d rather make something that will hold your full breakfast? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Character and Charm made this lovely folding tray able that they decorated and distressed for a farmhouse chic aesthetic.
12. Geometric straw plate wall art
Are you more of an artist than a handy-person, making you much more likely to choose some kind of painting based project or wall art than just about anything else? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at the way Design Improvised made this lovely straw mat collage, painting each one with a different geometrically sectioned shape in their chosen colour scheme.
13. Reclaimed wood tray from a flea market tray
Just in case you’re still on the prowl for things that might add a sort of vintage upcycled aesthetic to the place but you’d prefer to add fine details than full furniture pieces, here’s another way to repurpose something older that you’re not using. This lovely vintage chic painted table tray outlined step by step on Confessions of a Serial DIYer was made from an old wooden photo frame!
14. DIY love letter lamp
If you’re going to keep working with this vintage theme you like so much, would you rather create something functional but not furniture piece related? In that case, we have a feeling you might get along a little better with this concept from The Shabby Creek Cottage, particularly if you’ve ever been a fan of letter writing! Their tutorial teaches you step by step how to create a lampshade stencilled in lovely cursive words that sound like they were plucked right from old love letters.
15. Giant pom pom throw
Just in case you’d rather make yourself something that’s a little more comfort based, here’s a lovely DIY blanket idea that will amp up the cozy factor of your room without you having to learn how to knit a blanket from scratch (unless you want to, of course). Check out how Vintage Revivals used simple stitching techniques and DIY yarn pom poms to add a super fun and colourful trim all the way around the outer edge of an otherwise simply knit blanket.
Have you made other kinds of awesome DIY projects for your living room that you were really satisfied with but that you don’t see here? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!