DIY – or Do It Yourself – has enjoyed renewed popularity in recent years. In Britain particularly, the onset of the recession in 2008 and subsequent austerity has meant more people turning to DIY to improve their homes on a smaller budget.
If you’re planning to redecorate or renovate your home through DIY but you’re not sure where to start, you’ll find plenty of information on the internet. We’ve put together a list of websites with great ideas to help you kick-start your DIY imagination.
Finding DIY inspiration
If you’re looking for all-round home improvement ideas, Better Homes and Gardens is a great place to begin. This magazine – first published in 1922 – is one of the best-selling publications in the USA, and its extensive website means people from around the world can now draw on its expertise. Better Homes and Gardens DIY section is teeming with spectacular projects and ideas, from quick ways to update your interior décor to ideas for overhauling your kitchen or bathroom.
Country Living magazine is another great source of DIY inspiration, especially if you’re looking for quick and simple tasks that you can finish over one weekend. Their section on DIY projects leans further towards small interior design rather than large-scale renovations, but if you’re simply looking to make a few quick cosmetic changes then it’s a great site for gathering ideas.
If you’re planning a total change or you’ve just bought a new house that needs some care, UKTV’s Home section could have more ideas for you. Here, you’ll find arresting galleries full of colourful inspiration. There’s also advice on painting, lighting, storage, restorations and even some tips on how to plan DIY projects in properties with period features.
Perhaps you’re a DIY addict and you’re always looking for new ideas to improve your property. In that case, the Telegraph’s section on Renovating and DIY is for you. Browse the list of stories here for regularly updated features on interior design, celebrity homes and general property news. It may not seem like the most obvious place to look for DIY inspiration but you might be surprised by the good ideas you’ll come across here.
Looking out for the DIY lifestyle experts
Kirstie Allsopp first made a name for herself as a property guru on Channel 4’s Location, Location, Location. But today, she’s becoming a much-loved source of design and DIY advice too. Check out Kirstie’s Scrapbook site for DIY tips, particularly if you’re seeking handmade ways to add some new touches to your home.
If Kirstie’s vintage style isn’t to your taste, Martha Stewart’s DIY Home Projects may be more appealing. This extensive website boasts a mind-boggling number of DIY ideas, encapsulating a variety of tastes and project scales. The American lifestyle expert shares her tips on everything from spring cleaning and home storage to colour schemes and garden DIY. If you’ve just moved into a new home, this is everything you’ll need to decorate it in style.
But it’s not just Kirstie Allsopp and Martha Stewart dishing out DIY advice online – on Pinterest, you’ll find a huge selection of DIY ideas for your home. Sign up to Pinterest to start your own board and collect ideas to share with others.