DIY and decorating rules from Instagram’s home influencers



When we work at the same kitchen table every day, we can easily think of our home as a world removed from the beautiful rooms we scroll through on social media.

But households Instragrammers are just like us and manage to create trendy editorial looks while still balancing work, life, pets, children and often a tight budget.

Let these stylish Instagram accounts show you how to do it. Image: Alamy / PA

With remote working still on the agenda, there’s never a better time to spice up your pad with a DIY project. With that in mind, we asked a handful of Instagram’s most stylish home influencers to share the trends, hacks, and ideas they recently launched in their own homes.

From the luxurious feel of MDF paneling to being creative with a brush – by changing the ambience with a few well-placed houseplants – here’s what we can learn from masters of interior design.

Experiment with wood paneling

Pippa Nixon (@LittleMCRHouse) says, “Paneling is all over Instagram right now and it’s a trend that I can really get on board with. Here, walls are detailed with wood or MDF decorations to give each room more depth and character.

Experiment with wood paneling, says Pippa Nixon.
Experiment with wood paneling, says Pippa Nixon.

“The cladding works just like the striped wallpaper. Depending on the placement of the panels, a room can look larger or wider. There’s no set format, and you can add a center rail or cover as well.

“It’s a feasible DIY project that only requires relatively simple tools, and you can see the transformation right away. Panels can be planned out with tape so you can see what the space might look like before you start. It’s great for spaces like a home office or living room, and it can make your home look more expensive and add character without going on a sizeable budget. ”

Bring nature into your home

Stacey Sheppard (@StaceyJSheppard) says, “One of the big trends we’re seeing for 2021 is biophilic design. This is the process of shaping nature back into the built environment. The global pandemic and multiple lockdowns have shown us the importance of connecting with nature to our sanity and wellbeing, and over the past year many of us have had a deep longing to invite nature indoors.

Bring the outdoors inside, says Stacey Sheppard.
Bring the outdoors inside, says Stacey Sheppard.

“As a result, our decor choices are more inspired by nature. You can get the look in your own home by bringing in lots of plants, greenery, and botanical prints. Choose natural materials such as wood, cork, seaweed, jute, bamboo, raffia and terracotta.

“Decide on earthy color palettes and strongly structured surfaces of furniture, home textiles and accessories. This will provide a much more multi-sensory experience that we all need after being instructed not to touch anything or anyone for a year. ”

Paint the walls and ceiling the same shade

Sarah-Louise Marks (@ No.17House) says: “In our master bedroom we wanted to create an elegant setting with multi-layered sights.

“By painting our walls, ceilings, baseboards, radiators and fireplace the same shade of gray, the space was able to flow and give the room a calming and enveloping feel.

Paint the walls and ceiling the same shade, says Sarah-Louise Marks.
Paint the walls and ceiling the same shade, says Sarah-Louise Marks.

“We then contrasted the bold lines of the wallcovering with softer rounded details like the lighting and the mirror to spark interest. Adding hidden layers that are not always immediately noticeable to the untrained eye can melt into a masterpiece. ”

Introduce a cheerful pop of color, says Emma Merry of @HomeMilk.
Introduce a cheerful pop of color, says Emma Merry of @HomeMilk.

Introduce a cheerful splash of color

Emma Merry (@HomeMilk) says, “This year was a time of experimentation in our homes. Many of us want to make big changes to our budget, and I think the cheapest way to transform your space is with a paintbrush.

“I believe that color has a transformative power and can have a huge impact on how you feel. The trick is to block out worries about what others might think and carefully choose colors that will awaken your passions and nourish your soul.

“If you’re hesitant, start small – roll up an old stool, paint a door frame, and then work your way up to bigger projects when you get into your groove. You will be admiring your yellow staircase in no time. “

Source sustainable furniture, says Emilie Fournet.
Source sustainable furniture, says Emilie Fournet.

Source sustainable furniture

Emilie Fournet (@emiliefournetinteriors) says, “This year we’ve seen a big shift towards sustainable interiors. One of the best ways to achieve this trend is to incorporate vintage or antique pieces into your home.

“This type of furniture is not only designed to last, it also helps to keep your carbon footprint low. Probably the biggest benefit is that they add an instant personal touch to your interior as well.

“There are so many places to look for used furniture. From the obvious sites like eBay ( and the Facebook marketplace (; keep it local for sustainability bonus points) to the more specialized sites like Vinterior ( or Pamono ( . You can also browse your local garage sales and auction houses. It’s all about the thrill of finding the perfect piece! “



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