The BEST TikTok DIY and Interior Design Tips
TikTok, the social media black hole that you never knew you needed, until now. Interior designers and design lovers are flocking to the mobile app to share their BEST DIY and Interior Design hacks. Roll up your sleeves, and get ready to swipe – these are the BEST TikTok DIY and Interior Design tips that will double your design to-do list.
TikTok and DIY Interior Design Projects
TikTok – you may have seen it in the news, or you might have caught a glimpse of a group of pre-teens huddled in front of a cellphone recording some obscure (and likely inappropriate) dance. If you’ve caved into the hype like I have and now spend hours scrolling through the endless content, you might know that there is actually some pretty useful information on the new social media platform.
If you’re an interior design junkie like we are at Vishion, you might have come across what users lovingly call “Interior Design TikTok”. That’s right, some of the BEST design tips I’ve seen in a while are coming from this bizarre black hole of information.
TikTok Tips and Tricks
Interior Design 101
Before you start any project, you need to start with an idea and a budget. What do you want to accomplish, and how do you want to achieve that plan? If you’re a frequent reader of Vishion, you know that we LOVE to talk about sustainability. Is that cheap dresser from that online warehouse giant worth it, or can you DIY something from an antique store or Facebook marketplace for a more eco-friendly option? If you’re struggling with where to start. THIS TikTok from @LizLovery is a great place to start.
Beginner vs. Pro DIY Home Decor Tips
- Cost vs. quality
- Take your time
- Don’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves
- Take Risks
- Buy from thrift stores, Facebook marketplace, etc.
- Sign up for sale announcement emails
- Ask for price matching
- Use discount codes and coupons when you can
- Follow budget-friendly blogs (like Vishion) for inspo
Room Refinishing Upgrades
Tired of your boring cabinets? Ready for a makeover that doesn’t break the bank? This DIY cabinet video hack by TheMomHack.com makes transforming your kitchen or bathroom cabinet look quick and easy. All you need is tape, a sander, your favorite paint color, and a roller. @TheMomHack says you can have this major upgrade in as little as 4 hours.
PRO TIP: When upgrading your cabinets, think about replacing old, outdated cabinet hinges with a more modern, soft-close option. Easy to install, budget-friendly, and forever quiet, this hardware is a major lifestyle upgrade that’s impressive and attractive to guests and buyers alike.
If you’ve been on the hunt for home furnishings, you may notice a trend sweeping the interior design world. GOLD is back and in a big way. Once gracing the homes of the 80s, this ornate detail can be found everywhere on fixtures and furniture but with a more subtle mid-century modern feel.
If you’re looking for a furniture upgrade, but not willing to splurge on a big-ticket item, you can easily DIY something you already have like @MaggieMcGaugh shows in this clever refinishing TikTok. Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but spray paint sure is mine.
Staircases and Railings
I have a lot of projects in my mind that I want to do but will forever put off if it includes breaking out the sander. If you hate this tool as much as I do, this TikTok trick by @ComeStayAwhile will save you from losing feeling in your sanding arm for the near future.
While there might be some controversy surrounding sanding vs. not, whatever you choose, this Gel Stain trick can give your entryway that update it needs. Give it a POP of color for a more funky feel or a deep stain for a more classic look. Either way, this tip is budget and time friendly.
While I was once a sucker for a good rimless shower door, semi-frameless and gridded black shower doors are catching my attention. Featured on the pages of Architectural Digest, this industrial-style hardware is gorgeous but pricy. This hack by @ElleeHome is a great way to get the look at a fraction of the cost. The color options and paint styles are endless. Just make sure you give the surface a rough sand before you spray or paint.
Feature Wall TikTok Tips
Geometric Accent Wall With Wood
If you have a weekend to spare and are looking to make a big statement in your home, this geometric wood accent wall could do the trick. This wall feature adds depth and creativity to your space and only requires wood trim and a little bit of math. You can choose to hand roll and paint or rent or buy a paint sprayer from your local hardware store. This is the next item on my home’s honey-do list.
PRO TIP: DO NOT spray over the outlet cover as he does in this video. You can safely coat your desired area by removing the cover, taping off the outlet, and painting the cover separately.
Geometric Accent Wall with Paint
Love the look of a wood accent wall but afraid to nail into your space? Try this TikTok trick from @JakeMiller. Miller creates the same geometric look but with paint. You might need a few rolls of painter’s tape and a lot of patience, but the payoff will be big. Paint the wall one color or get funky with a creative pattern. Either way, this is sure to make a big statement in your home.
Home Accessory Hacks
My endless hours of scrolling on TikTok paid off when I came across this hack by @LoveAllDesignCo. Turning glass thrift store finds into beautiful faux earthy terracotta pieces is an excellent way to create sustainable, cheap decor. Use these pieces to decorate a mantle or to accessorize bookshelves in your home office. On Zoom, this TikTok trick might even look handmade. Your colleagues will think you’re both stylish and talented
I’ve been drooling over this ombre beaded chandelier coming in at a whopping $1,300. When I showed the photo to my husband, he loved it but then saw the price. For years, I’ve searched for a cheap alternative but never came across anything similar until TikTok. Take a look at this DIY design by @Bondenavant. With a few extra beads and some rope from a craft store, I could DIY the chandelier of my dreams. Once again, spray paint takes the cake for the ultimate DIY tool.
Lighting is an accessory in your home that’s a necessity but often overlooked. The difference between abasic-bitch home and high-end interior design is typically those big, statement fixtures. Thanks to TikTok and @FromGritToPearl, finding the perfect chandelier doesn’t have to be a headache. You can do-it-yourself. With a drum shade, hot glue, wood slats from poplar board, a quilting hoop, and a lighting kit, this project was only $30.
If you have time and creativity on your side, embroidery is making a big comeback in 2020. No longer found in your grandmother’s bathroom featuring simple flowers and sayings, embroidery is now stylish and snarky.
Whether you want to stitch out a family photo or a landscape from your favorite vacation, This DIY project by @Hanni10100 is part embroidery, part art on canvas. Get out your needle and thread and get creative. This TikTok trick would also make an excellent, cheap present for your favorite someone.
Vita is an Emmy-nominated journalist that has a passion for creative content and color. Inspired by the places she travels and the products she loves, Vita’s design style is transitional with a little edge.