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Pantone have announced their colour of the year 2019 as ‘Living Coral’. This vibrant and warm colour with a peachy orangey hue has inspired all kinds of interior design ideas for the up and coming year. We’ve put together some some of the ways in which you can inject the colour of the year into your home, so that you can find the best way keep your space up to date with the trendiest colour pallette.

 

Chair and table

This chair and table is a wonderful way of injecting brightness into your furniture. It would look especially good in your garden on a sunny day against the backdrop of some vibrant green grass.

Coral wallpaper

If you’re searching for a more prominent way of having ‘Living Coral’ in your home – look no further. This environmentally friendly wallpaper has a straight match pattern meaning it’s easy to measure out the width. You’ll start by putting it on 1 wall and then end up with this shade on all 4…

Hanging pendant light

This lampshade is a more delicate alternative to the vibrant and eye catching ‘Living Coral’. Should you want to introduce these pinky orangey hues into your colour scheme but have them toned down for the time being – this gorgeous pendant lamp will satisfy your colour craving.

Roman blinds

This roman blind is a great match to Pantone’s colour of the year. We love the balance of the transparent and opaque colours on the body and rimming of the blind. It even seems as if this colour scheme is the perfect combination of reds and pinks and would create ‘Living Coral’ when mixed together.

Toilet pedestal

Gone are the days of plain white and grey bathrooms. Be bold to add a splash of colour where you can for some added vibrancy to your bathroom. We’d suggest starting with something along the lines of toilet pedestals as they are a great non-committal way of doing it.

Vibrant toilet seat

Give your bathroom a trendy makeover with this tropical patterned toilet seat. Pair it in your bathroom with some real life palm leaves, and see your corner of the jungle come to life!

Indoor herb garden

If you’re a foodie, plant-fanatic or simply love the environment, you’ll love having an indoor herb garden in your home. If you’re not sure on how to get started, check out our guide on how to grow an indoor herb garden.

Patterned wallpaper

For those with a super stylish nature, take a look at this coral wallpaper which is patterned with subtle metallic flamingoes. This would go perfectly with a vintage style room paired with antiques – ‘Living Coral’ really is versatile!

 

We hope you picked up some inspiration on how to incorporate Pantone’s colour of the year into your home in a way which suits you. It’s beautiful vibrancy can be added to your space in so many different ways, so don’t hesitate to bring out the brightness in 2019 and start it off with a bang!

 

Pantone Colour of the Year 2018

Pantone Colour of the Year 2017

 

If you’ve ever wanted a neon light but can’t justify the cost, this project is for you! Thanks to the invention of electroluminescent wire, it’s now possible to DIY a neon-effect light in any shape you like. Seeing as Christmas is approaching, we decided to create a white neon snowflake, with a sprinkling of glitter for added sparkle. Read on to find out just how easy it is to create a neon light of your own.

What you’ll need

To do this DIY project you’ll need the following tools:

Jig saw

Palm sander

Drill with drill bits

In addition, these materials will be needed:

1 small piece of MDF

Block of wood

Assorted sandpaper to fit your palm sander

Ready-mixed fine surface filler

Quick-dry primer and undercoat paint in white

Rust-Oleum Sparkling Glitter spray paint

EL Wire in white with battery pack

Hanging hook

Cost, time and difficulty

The approximate cost of materials for this project is £25. You can access the shopping cart of some of the tools and materials used through this link. Depending on your DIY skills, this project shouldn’t take longer 2 hours to complete, excluding drying time.

Step 1

Print out a snowflake shape to the size you want your finished neon light to be. Use this as a template to trace a slightly larger shape onto the MDF board. Use a jigsaw to cut out this shape.

Step 2

Cover the edges of the snowflake with quick drying surface filler. This will prevent the edges of the MDF board from absorbing the paint too much. Allow to dry thoroughly before using a palm sander with sandpaper to smooth any rough edges.

Step 3

Mark out where the EL wire will be positioned on the snowflake shape. Mark a cross at the points where the EL wire will need to be pushed through to the back of the shape. Use a drill bit with a slightly larger circumference than the EL wire and make holes at these points. Add one larger hole in the centre to fit multiple pieces of EL wire through.

Step 4

Paint the whole snowflake shape with a primer and undercoat paint in white. You may need two coats, so allow to dry between layers. Once the final coat is dry, for extra glitz you can use a glitter spray paint to cover the whole shape in glitter. This also provides a protective clear top coat to seal the paint.

Step 5

Cut a block of wood the same depth as the battery pack and screw this into the back of the snowflake in the centre. Add a hanging hook to the block. Tape the battery pack to the back of the snowflake beneath the block.

Step 6

Feed the EL wire through the central hole from the back and weave it into the hole at one of the tips of the snowflake. Feed it through the ‘branches’ of the snowflake on either side of the line. On the reverse, take the wire back to the centre and repeat until all the arms of the snowflake have an EL wire design. Tape any remaining EL wire to the back of the snowflake.

 

And there you have it, a DIY neon-style light! Turn on the EL wire and proudly position your snowflake decoration on a sideboard or hang it on a wall to add an eye-catching feature to your festive decor. If you want to create a different design to decorate your home all year round, simply trace out the shape onto MDF and follow the same steps to outline the design or write out a phrase.

 

As with all our projects, please take care while using tools, materials and equipment. This article was written by Cassie Fairy. You can find Cassie’s blog ‘My Thrifty Life’ at Cassiefairy.com, where she shares daily blog posts on Christmas DIY projects, upcycled finds, low-cost festive recipes and plenty of inspiration for living a lovely life on a budget.

 

More DIYs:

Pallet Cabinet DIY Tutorial

DIY Outdoor Pallet Bar

 

Here are some easy DIY projects which you can put around the house to make you the best cat owner ever. We’re paw-sitive that your cat will love every single one of them and forever be by your side, we’re not kitten you!

 

Hanging cat bed

This extremely easy DIY is also what some would call cat heaven. Simply take a fabric of your choice, we’d suggest something along the lines of lycra as its stretchy and comfortable, and  measure the width in between each leg, add 5cm for cat weight, and cut out the width of your needed material. Finally, sew velcro strips onto each corner of fabric and bob’s your uncle! You’ll have the purr-fect space saving cat bed.

 

Self petting station

This claw-ver hack is the best solution to making your cat feel loved 24/7. Start by detaching 2 new bottle brushes from their handles. Then, drill a hole through a 1X1 inch wooden cube, and apply glue to 1 wired end of each of the brushes and slide them through from each end. Wrap some of your chosen 14X14 inch fabric around a 12X12 inch wooden base and secure underneath with a staple gun. Drill 2 holes on opposite ends of your wrapped surface, then insert and glue the other ends of your wired brushes to the base. You’re done!

 

Cardboard skyscraper scratcher

This economical cat scratcher will save you from having your fur-niture damaged by your cats claws, and is recyclable! This particular scratcher was designed as a skyscraper but you can make this as intricate as you like. To make it yourself, drill a hole into the centre of a wooden 12″ x 12″ x 1/2″ board and 36″ wood dowel. Screw the dowel into the base with a a 1-1/2″ wood screw. Then prep, cut and trace your template onto your cardboard. Assemble your layers as you wish, making sure to secure each layer with glue to be safe. Once it’s dried, it’s ready to get scratching!

 

Kitty wall mount

If you’re feline creative, this DIY design is perfect for you. It has the paw-sibility of lots of creative freedom to play around with how you’d like to your wall mount to appear in your space and can play around with the shapes of your boxes – even add a rug for your cat’s added comfort. Cats love being high up and in small enclosed spaces, for the simple reason of making them feel secure and safe from any potential threats. It’s purr-fect for your feline friends!

 

DIY cat griffer

This cat owner must-have is hiss-terically easy. Cut a wooden board into 3 strips of about 50cm and nail them together to create a triangular shape. Paint them your cats favourite colour for some added jazz. Glue your cats favourite hanging cat toy at the tallest triangle tip and your griffer is ready to use! As a plus, you could use a hot glue gun to wrap around and stick down some rope on each surface of your triangle so that your griffer doubles up as a scratching post! It’s pretty paw-some.

 

We hope you enjoyed these hacks and hope to see you get inspired by some of them! If you make your own please don’t forget to tag us and use the hashtag #ManoManoUK. Happy DIYing!

 

DIY Cat Bed with Scratching Post

 

DIY Cat Scratcher

It’s normal for us to get bored of the same old space we live in every day and will feel the need to switch it up every so often. In this blog post, you’ll find some simple yet creative options to divide up your space, giving you more freedom to move items around how YOU want!

We’ve pieced together a collection of some crazy room dividers to hopefully give you some inspiration to make some yourself!

Plant climber divider

https://www.pinterest.fr/pin/AeGrIow1NBq-oM9S56lPJa_aBGlcU-qkE0Xps_7LQ7Ppzo62iHhGrbg/

This epic DIY involves an embedded planter for your room divider. You could do this either by  cutting a slit in your floor or simply by adding your own separate planter to your space, giving the same effect. Whatever works for you! Then, attach metal hooks to the floor and ceiling, making sure that they’re aligned. Thread rope through each pair, making sure that they are parallel, one after the other. Planting a climbing hydrangea vine would be the perfect addition for your climbing divider as it grows vertically very quickly once embedded and produces beautiful flowers even indoors. Make sure to give it lots of sun and water, and you’ll have a vertical plant divider in no time!

Compressing space divider

https://www.ikeahackers.net/2017/08/taac-ikea-room-divider-stuva.html

In this design, the window has been used as a light source to illuminate and give the illusion of a larger room. By merging the two rooms together, this designer has effectively disguised the shared space by breaking them up with the divider, implying that these are two seperate rooms in once space. What a way to maximise your living space!

Glass door divider

https://blog.rhinov.fr/architecture-et-decoration/conseils-deco-verriere-interieur/

A less intrusive way of implementing a room divider is by using windows. This design is super sleek and modern, and would fit perfectly into a newly refurbished, sleek and modern interior. Incorporating sliding doors or windows into the room divider prevents it from splitting the room completely into parts and still leaves you freedom of movement.

Recycling old doors

https://www.pinterest.fr/pin/512214157615775292/

Ever think you’d find a use for an old door? Here’s your answer. Take whatever old doors you have, attach some wheels and a few hinges to their sides and turn them quickly into a room divider. This option isn’t fixed at all, and is able to be moved around however you please. Whether you want a bit of privacy in a corner or completely split the room in half, this option lets you do both.

An atmospheric divider

https://makezine.com/2014/12/06/how-to-twinkling-branches-room-divider/

Another DIY friendly divider is this fairy light branch design. Find yourself some pallet wood, some old branches from your garden and a cheap set of fairy lights to make this gorgeous and original divider. Piece the wood together in the same frame as you would with a door, stick on your branches with some adhesive and once dried wrap around some fairy lights, and there you have it!

Hang a frame

https://designmag.fr/optimisez-espace-avec-cloisons.html

This design would fit in perfectly with a space which has an antique-y feel to it. If you are a fan of vintage finds and artistic pieces, then this one’s for you! Should you be able to get your hands on a large frame, it can easily be hung as a divider which does the job once installed. Not only could you place inside one of your favourite artistic pieces, but also a mirror, or even some beautiful patterned wallpaper.

Multipurpose divider

http://anews24.org/13020

This simple screen room divider has been upscaled to give it multi functionality. Attaching tight strips of fabric to your screen will permit you to attach light scale items to it such as magazines, newspapers and paper reminders. You could even leave sweet messages around for your loved ones!

 

We hope you’ve taken some inspiration from us and now have a clearer vision of how you can fit a room divider into your own space. If you make a divider of your own, don’t forget to share it with us with the hashtag #ManoManoUK!

 

15 Small Space Solutions

How to Decorate Your Rental Home

 

At ManoMano, we admire those who MAKE. And it’s for that very reason that ManoMano supports makers and their projects by telling their stories in the series The Amazing Making Of. Join our celebration of imagination, creativity, hard work and eccentricity!

After the success of MadCow’s giant water slide in episode one, we present to you episode two!

In this episode we meet Gavin who shows us his crazy project on how he uses nature to grow furniture. In his 6 acres of field, Gavin grows chairs, lamps, tables… and maybe even one day, houses!

Find out how he does it:

 

The Amazing Making Of – Giant Water Slide

The Amazing Making Of – THE WINNERS