Annually, Pantone sparks design inspiration and creativity across the world with the announcement of their Color of the Year. This universal language of colour is used globally, setting trends and bringing fresh ideas.
The Pantone Color of the Year 2021 is a combination of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, reflecting a message of strength and hopefulness. Following a rocky 2020, the marriage of these two colours aims to inspire hope and stability.
To help turn this design inspiration into a reality, we have put together our top 14 Illuminating Yellow and Ultimate Grey picks so you can bring this uplifting combination to life in your own home!
Using the Pantone Color of the Year 2021 hues, you can get creative by playing around new design ideas. Grey and yellow work well together for a variety of interior styles, including accessories for your bedroom.
In the plant fibre family, I love raffia. Inexpensive, solid, aesthetic and natural, this material is used both outdoors (raffia string is used in particular to hold a graft on a tree) and indoors. It can be hooked and woven to make bags, hats and other decorative or fashion accessories. It is tied to decorate lampshades, placemats and sun mirrors. But here, we will make a DIY raffia mirror by simply gluing and cutting raffia to give a round mirror a more bohemian look.
Materials needed to make your DIY raffia mirror
To make this fringe mirror by hand, you will need :
How to make your round mirror with raffia fringes?
Step 1: Glue the raffia fringes to the back of the mirror
Cut pieces of raffia to the desired length with a 10 cm margin. Add a trickle of hot glue to the back of your mirror and immediately attach a few strands of raffia to it. Gradually cover the entire surface of the bottom of the mirror without trying to glue too much at once.
Once the glue dries, add successive layers to the back of the mirror, attaching strands of raffia on top of each other. Check on the front that there are no holes in your fringes and that they are dense enough. So that it sets nicely, I suggest you finish with a thread of glue at the back above your last strands of raffia.
Step 2: Cut the fringes
Once you are satisfied with the result, cut the bottom of the fringes to the desired height. Try to cut as straight as possible. You can use a ruler if necessary.
Comb the fringes with your fingers to set them in place and check that nothing is sticking out – you can always trim a few strands. Et voilà, enjoy your homemade raffia mirror!
Written by Vert Cerise:
As a creative writer raised in a family of DIYers, I like to rack my brains to figure out how to make the things around me myself.
Whether you live in a studio apartment or want to get more out of a smallroom, ManoMano’s small space design ideas will help get your creative ideas flowing. We have put together some of our best products and savvy tips for decorating small spaces on a budget.
Bedroom decor that won’t cost an arm and a leg!
Even those who don’t live in a palace deserve a bedroom that’s comfortable, practical, beautiful and conducive to a perfect night’s sleep.
Here are some tips on how to decorate a small room on a budget:
First of all, sort, declutter and keep only the essentials.
Optimise your storage: a large shelf, closet or chest of drawers… Your room will appear more spacious if things have been tidied up/hidden.
Choose a comfortable bed with soft cushions and light-coloured sheets, which create an open and relaxed space.
Consider adding some soft lighting elements (bedside lamp, fairy lights) to create a cosy atmosphere.
What’s the golden rule when it comes to furnishing small spaces? Be practical and optimise!
For your sofa, opt for a two-seater convertible bed so you can host family and friends or, if you are in a studio, to sleep on at night.
Consider getting a small coffee table: to save more space, go for higher instead of wider. And make sure it has extra storage space.
If you need extra seating, simply invest in a few footstools for the floor or a single but inviting chair.
To maximise space, avoid putting too much on the floor. Instead, opt for space-saving furniture such as shelves, wall-mounted TVs and ceiling lights. The less you have on the floor, the more space you’ll save.
And consider adding a touch of nature with some small green plants!
With just an old drawer, some reclaimed wood and a bit of imagination, it’s easy to build your own console table or desk. With many of us working remotely or home schooling, creating a dedicated space for studying or business is a great way to separate your work from your home life. Additionally, you can never have too much storage – especially in the hallway where keys, letters, loose change and newspapers can quickly clutter up the space.
In terms of materials, you can use any reclaimed timber you have to hand, such as plywood, pallet wood or scaffold boards. For the drawer you can recycle one from an old, tumble-down chest like we have, or you could use a storage basket or two. The dimensions of this piece of furniture will depend on the size of the drawer you’re upcycling and the length of the legs. So, because you’re making it yourself, you can always customise the design to suit your needs. You could make it lower to create a child’s desk for homework or, rather than using a drawer, you could make a narrow cubby hole beneath the desktop to store your laptop, or you can use taller legs to DIY a narrow console table to keep your entryway organised.
Check out the guide with step-by-step photos to make this handy DIY console table here. Enjoy!
Christmas is a time of love – no matter where we find ourselves this extraordinary year, we will still hope to have a special time. You can make it extra memorable by creating a DIY Christmas present that is handy and unexpected, with the help of The Handy Mano.
This Christmas, we set a challenge to plan and create a handy and unexpected present which was #MadeWithLove for a special someone. The idea was for the present to take pride of place in a loved one’s home, as a way to ‘be there’ even when physically we may not all be together.
We’ve shared one of the #MadeWithLove creations below, alongside some insight into the creative process. We have also shared links to the video below so you can see each part step by step.
Dan Lovatt – A wall-mounted cabinet for his mum
Back in March, my mum got Covid and was quite ill which wasn’t a nice experience as we couldn’t see her. So, this Christmas I want to make her something special. As she is obsessed with cosmetics, I wanted to make her a wall mounted cabinet that she can use to house all her lotions and potions and keep them all contained. Excited to get started on this!
Work out all the parts you will need to make (sides, the back, and shelving) and the size of the cabinet (the cabinet I made was 518mm x 518mm x 120mm). I opted to use 18mm birch ply which has the most beautiful soft grain.
Step 2 – Seamless edges
I planned for all of the joins to have mitered edges to create a seamless effect. To do this, I used the Makita circular saw for extra precision, which means you get the sharpest of cuts. The saw is great as it’s precise, lightweight and packed full of power!
Step 3 – Groove it
Clamp the pieces of wood down, then using the router, press it gently down to create grooves for the shelves to slot in. The cabinet I designed had 3 shelves but you can adapt this according to how big you want it to be.
Step 4 – Glue it up
Put each of the parts together and check it all fits. To attach each piece, I used Gorilla wood glue and clamped each piece together to help it stick nicely.
Step 5 – Smooth it over
Sand over the pieces in 120 grit to smooth over the surface, which also prepares the wood to be treated.
Step 6 – Bringing it together
Attach the backpiece to the shelving using Gorilla wood glue, then clamp together. I then hammered in some nails around the frame to make it extra secure. Handy tip – when you are driving nails into something, use grips to keep the nail in place whilst you protect your fingers! Your cabinet will now be taking real shape.
Step 7 – Treat it
To emphasise the natural grain of the 18mm Birch Ply, use light coats of Oslo Oil Clear Mat to protect the wood and give it a warmer finish.
And voilà! A wall mounted cabinet which was #MadeWithLove for Dan’s mum! A great idea for a DIY Christmas present and easy to make. You can take a look at Dan’s Instagram Reel to see the tutorial in action.