The amount of time we spend inside has increased. We’re working from home, studying at home, and eating in. Having to stay indoors can be stressful, but a change of atmosphere can help! During these difficult times, why not try out some Korean DIY trends and spruce your space? Let’s make this year’s #stayhome experiences more comfortable and enjoyable than last’s!
Our first Korean DIY trend is objets, not to be confused with ‘objects’. Objets are decorative items meant to be displayed in plain view. They are arguably the easiest way to make a space your own. Maybe you prefer a more down-to-earth vibe with large candles and wooden items, or maybe you’re artsier, being drawn to delicate glass items and colorful acrylics. Objets are often available in shops big and small – or you can create your own!
Another Korean DIY trend popping up in everyone’s feed are foam mirrors. The Gentle off-white foam lends an air of sophistication that can quickly turn adorable with a color change. This project is easily customizable, so you can put your own spin on it.
However, the main material needed for this project, polyurethane foam, can be dangerous if exposed to skin or eyes – I advise you to research carefully before attempting this project. If you’re worried about the risk, foam mirrors are available for sale on various retail platforms such as Instagram shopping.
A must-have for any trendsetter’s room is a fabric poster. They can quickly change the vibe of any room. Widely available in various materials but most commonly seen in airy chiffon, fabric posters are light, adding to a decor rather than being overpowering and becoming focal point of a room. They are especially beautiful when hung near windows.
Most fabric posters feature pictures of nature – lush greens and deep blues are bound to add some calm to your daily life. My favorites are love Oth Comma’s popular Han River series, as well as the picturesque prints from Your Blues.
Glass-paneled module shelving has been making the rounds for a while now as a top storage recommendation. Not only are they a practical choice, they also display objects beautifully.
The most popular variation is square module shelving functioning as a bedside table. Other common options include large rectangular units and adorable miniatures for tabletop organization.
When customizing your own, sleek silver rims are a must! They lend a modern vibe to what could otherwise be a boring piece of furniture. Additionally, glass panels on the display shelves are often customizable, allowing you to choose the color and size according to your style.
Scents are a great way to bring personality and comfort to your home. Although I love diffusers and candles just as much as anyone else, incense sticks are becoming the new go-to interior item in Korea. Incense sticks come in a wide variety of scents, from light florals to heavy musks. However, there are pros and cons. Some say they offer a less artificial tint than scented candles, while many admit that the strong odor of incense gives them headaches. As always, it isn’t a one-fits-all solution. Give it a sniff and find out if it’s the right option for you.
When it comes to display customizations, there are endless options. Incense stick holders are beautiful objects to have at home. They come in a range of colors and designs so you are sure to find one that suits you, no matter how odd your tastes might be.
Following the checkerboard motif trends in fashion and interior circles, a new wave of the tile art trend has hit Korea. Tile art is painstakingly time-consuming. So, it is mostly seen in the form of small side tables. Reminiscent of swimming pools and vintage flooring, it is sure to be a sharp focal point in any room.
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