When your kids seem to have an endless supply of energy, and your career has never been more demanding and rewarding, keeping your home looking stylish can easily recede to the back of your mind.
At the end of a long day, it can feel like an insurmountable effort to think about what you want your personal space to look like. But making sure your sense of design is reflected in every room you walk into will be worth it in the end. You’ll not only feel more satisfied, you’ll also be able to offer your guests and loved ones an attractive space where they’ll want to spend more time.
Given the reality of busy schedules, what you need is a quick and versatile way to bring out the beauty in your home without breaking the bank. Yarn projects fit the bill on all counts. They’re easy to make, customizable to your tastes, and it’s a cinch to find yarn and knitting patterns online to realize your vision of the perfectly decorated home. Let’s have a look at three ideas to get you started:
Knitted baskets add a burst of color to any room and help you declutter in the process. You could add one in the living room for easy access to remote controls, slippers, or your little ones’ favorite toys. They also work well in the washroom for magazines or toilet paper rolls.
You’ll have no problem working them up in simple garter or slip stitches all the way through. You can even add cute handles using the I-cord technique if you’re feeling particularly adventurous.
Custom pillows are a great way to let your imagination take you somewhere unexpected. It only takes one or two to make a statement and there is a practically endless number of designs to mix and match:
- One way to go is to use decrease stitches to make pillows with dog or bunny ears so your little ones can have special friends to rest with come bedtime. These can be especially helpful to put them at ease if they’re not sleeping through the night.
- Maybe you’re interested in trying embroidery out for size and detailing the face of a favorite animal or cartoon character.
- Perhaps you’re going for that classical woven look, in which case you’ll want to make your pillow using basketweave stitches.
- On the subtler side of things, something as simple as a corner-to-corner knitting pattern can add an understated geometric touch to your single-toned furniture.
A thoughtfully designed blanket will allow you to cozy up for warmth and look good doing it too. It’s an opportunity to express your personality through an accessory that will see lots of use regardless of who’s hanging out on the couch or recliner.
Consider a slip-stitch pattern of vertical and horizonal stripes where you can blend colors and create a sense of depth. Alternatively, you could go the plush route and use knit and purl stitches with a super bulky yarn to create a throw that your guests will find irresistible. Whatever project you choose, working with yarn is a fun and engaging way to revitalize a room and express your artistry. What are you waiting for? Grab those knitting needl