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DIY Home Improvement Hacks for 2024?



So you’re trying to shake things up in your home decor department, but your pockets are tilting towards empty? If this describes your predicament, think three letters: DIY.

That’s right. DIYing your home improvement could cut your renovation costs by more than half, more so if you have the right tools and a few extra hands to help out. And if the plethora of DIY home renovation hacks aren’t doing you justice, here are a couple of DIY home improvement hacks to breathe new life into your home without breaking the bank.

Faux Built-In Shelves

Built-in shelves let you add some personal flair to your space while providing additional storage space. The best part is that you don’t have to install actual shelves to bring out the best in your living room. Investing in faux shelves will suffice.

Faux shelves are decorative shelving units that mimic the appearance of actual floating shelves. They’re made from lightweight materials like medium-density fiberboard (MDF) or particleboard. IKEA shelves are the go-to for most folks, but you can always do your digging and find what works for you.

Installation of faux shelves is a breeze, especially with the right DIY home improvement tools. These shelves look great in the living room for holding up decorative pieces, in the dining room for showcasing your fanciest glassware, or in the home office for creating a functional and sophisticated workspace.

Hobby Elements and Travel Souvenirs

Your home is one of your biggest investments, so why not make it look truly yours? Hobby elements and travel souvenirs are among the best ways to make your house feel like a home. All the keychains, traditional regalia, and miniature landmarks should find some space in your humble abode.

If you haven’t traveled much, you can let your hobbies do the talking. Everything from guitars to skateboards and woven pieces can beautifully adorn your rooms, adding a touch of originality and ownership to your space. However, let color guide your placement decisions to avoid color-clashing elements in your home.

Create a Home Gallery

There’s no reason to keep your favorite cherished memories bundled up in your smartphone. They would be better off on the wall, complementing your other decor pieces. A living room wall gallery is an inexpensive way to add some flair to your living room.

You can adorn the wall with family, graduation, and vacation pictures. Colored pictures bring a heap of cheer to the room, but you can go vintage or black and white if you want a more sophisticated outlook.


The best part is you don’t have to stick to pictures. Prints are also a great addition to your wall if you frame them correctly. You can download alluring prints from websites like the National Gallery of Art. All you have to do is browse their collection, download your favorite prints, and print away.

Remember, the pictures’ frames are the icing on the cake. Ensure they seamlessly round out the pictures/prints and blend with your interior paint. If you’re feeling handy, you can DIY your frames for even more cost-saving.

Vibrant Tilework

Vibrant tilework is a trend sweeping over home decor trends in 2024. Color splashes on the tilework scream hip and trendy and shy away from the dull earthiness of yesteryears. The trick is knowing where colors go.

The bathroom is an excellent place to start since it requires little commitment. Colors like deep navy, peach pink, and forest green look good on any bathroom. You could also up the game by mixing these colors for an even more enchanting space.

However, you need to tread softly in common areas like the living and dining room. Going too colorful makes your house look more like a daycare than an adult home. We suggest using the lightest form of vibrant colors like blush pink or soft mint. You can use a color wheel to match your tile’s color with your home’s interior.

Fluted Wood

Fluted wood is another cost-effective decorative material that will take over home improvement projects in 2024. It consists of pieces of natural wood, PVC, and plant fibers stuck together using a special glue. This creates a beautiful wood paneling made from affordable domestic wood but is denser and more resistant to mold.

Fluted wood introduces textures and warmth into your space. It looks expensive and blends well with the rest of the furniture. It’s noteworthy that fluted wood doesn’t have to end with your furniture. It’s also great for nightstands, kitchen Islands, and coffee tables.

For just under $50, you can make your own DIY fluted wood with tools as simple as an ordinary cake spreader. It’s also a fun activity that you can enjoy with the entire family.

Mudroom-Laundry Room Combination

Mudrooms are designated places to throw soiled clothes, shoes, and other items before entering the house. They were popular during the COVID era when people would dump their masks after a long day of social distancing.


Mudrooms seem to be making a huge comeback, but this time, they’ll be combined with laundry rooms. Creating a DIY mudroom at the entrance of your laundry room is a functional and inexpensive way to spruce up your laundry area.

You can explore various mudroom designs, each suited to different needs. You can try tall cupboards with built-in shelves to store the kids’ dirty clothes or add a couple of hangers for your coats. Regardless, ensure the mudroom is as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing.

DIY Your Dream Home

With these simple DIY home improvement hacks, you can transform your living spaces into personalized sanctuaries. The best part is that you don’t have to strain your pockets. Plus, you’ll have lots of fun all the way.

However, remember to be extra careful when working with power tools. Wear proper safety equipment, and always ask for help when needed. You must also be careful when working around kids, especially toddlers. Otherwise, we hope your home comes alive. Happy DIYing!