The Most DIY-friendly Decor Trends to Try in 2023

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If you’re looking for DIY-friendly ways to improve your home’s appearance in 2023, you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we’ll explore the top DIY decor trends of 2023 and how they can give your home a new lease of life. Let’s begin!


One growing trend having an impact on home decor in 2023 is known as comfortcore. This simply means using cosy materials/furniture/items so that spaces in a home can ooze comfort, giving these spaces a warm, soft, tranquil feel.

What might comfortcore include? Here are some examples:

  • Chenille fittings
  • Boucle or velvet materials
  • Cute teddy bear
  • Soft, comforting blankets – particular those with neutral colours.
  • Vintage decor such as old-fashioned furniture (e.g., Eames chair and Ottoman)

Using Antiques to Give Nostalgic Vibes

You may also want to add various antiques to give your home a particular look and feel. It’s best to take a strategic approach to ensure you achieve a suitable theme or feel.

Of course, depending on the sort of antiques you have installed, you may need to consider adding a retro design to the entire space (e.g., painting your kitchen walls and adding retro furniture and retro-styled appliances to create a 1950s’ themed kitchen).

Obviously, it would not be truly DIY if you were to consult with a designer or decorator but that may be necessary if you want the full monty. Otherwise, you’d risk putting in tons of effort to revitalize your kitchen only for it to go really wrong.

With that said, adding a few antiques throughout may not necessitate more extensive changes to the style/appearance of the spaces in question.

Retro ‘70s Style Spaces

Expanding on the previous section, one particular retro decor trend on the rise in 2023 is ‘seventies style’. Lately, many vintage and antique online stores now emphasize ‘70s interior design styles. Perhaps it’s not so surprising as the seventies are now half a century ago, filling the place in people’s minds that the ‘50s had back in the noughties.

A ‘70s retro design may include:

  • Soft shapes and designs to emulate the ‘70s vibe
  • Comfortable and cocooning aesthetic
  • Warm brown, gold and red shades
  • Deeper seated sofas
  • Plumped up 1970s-styled cushions

Painted Room Borders

Another trend that can be DIY-friendly for those comfortable with delicate paint jobs involved painting room borders.

This is a budget-friendly way of giving a room’s structure, apparent size and feel a new lease of life. You can also instil intriguing colour combinations by painting room borders. As with any other trends discussed here, it’s best to research online (e.g., looking up ‘2023 painted room borders’ on Pinterest) and find colour combinations that go well together.

There are many painted techniques that can be used to paint a room’s borders effectively. For instance, you may want to look into colour blocking and stencilling. Border elements that you may wish to highlight include alcoves, cornicing, skirting boards and high ceilings. 

If you want to paint fittings like radiators, be sure to do so in a safe manner by using a paint that is safe to add to a radiator and ensuring your heating is off (and is not scheduled to turn on during the paint job).

Luxury Vinyl Floors

Luxury vinyl planks and luxury vinyl tiles or LVT are popular flooring trends in 2023. Luxury vinyl is not only highly durable but very well-suited to high-traffic areas (e.g., hallways). 

LVT may emulate hardwood flooring without the same high price. In fact, mid-quality LVT flooring costs about £25 to £40 per square metre. Solid hardwood floors, on the other hand, cost about to £50 to £80 per square metre, when considering medium grade quality.

Other benefits of luxury vinyl tiles include its relatively warm underfoot and versatility (e.g., suited to various spaces including bathrooms due especially to its waterproofing capacities).

It’s possible to add LVT floors DIY if you have the right skills and knowledge. If not, you’ll need to hire a professional, although the same is true for any home décor improvements.


Whatever type of DIY-friendly décor you’d like to add to your home this year, be sure to weigh up your options and consider those that best fit your budget, vision, preferences and work well within the existing space. After all, to keep it DIY, you’ll likely want to avoid offering changes that are too extensive.

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