Interior Design

You don't need to hire an interior designer to make your home beautiful. We share advice from the experts so you can create a space that works for your decorating taste and budget. With just little know-how you can make your home a functional place that is also a pleasure to be in.

Cement Geometric Wine Cooler
In the November issue of Handyman, we show you how to make a cement wine cooler using a plastic template. This project is simple and easy. All you need to do is create the mould, then pour in concrete and allow it to set. To make the plastic template...
Wall-Mounted Planter
Free up floorspace with a vertical garden. Wall-mounted planters are good for small areas and are also easier on the back than garden beds. Make one from a plastic storage container, adding dividers and fabric to keep the soil and plants in place...
Divide A Room With Gyprock
On moving into their dream home, Katie Vagg and her partner Ben Spry found that they needed an extra bedroom. With three kids under 10, they hoped each child could grow up with their own space. The solution was to divide the timber-panelled famil...
Add Character With Cornice
Transform any room in the home instantly and easily with architectural trim.  The word ‘cornice’ conjures up an elegant period property. And in the late 1800s, it could take sculptors and masons months or years to handcraft these works of art....
Quick Guide To Rugs

Revamp a room using rugs

One of the quickest and most affordable ways to revamp a room is to lay a rug. A rug can transform the look of a space by injecting a dose of colour while adding warmth underfoot. Rugs look cosy and inviting and can make a room feel larger. They...
Create A Photo Display
Create your own show-stopping photographic exhibition by framing and mounting your favourite snaps.  All of us enjoy capturing those special moments on camera. But the trouble is, our treasured photos often lie unseen for years in boxes or on com...
4 Ways To Decorate A Wall

Decorating techniques that will spruce up a boring blank wall 

Metallic circles  Add a polished touch to a dark coloured wall using faux stainless steel PVC film. Cut film into different sized circles then remove the backing and apply to the wall in random positions. Timber blocks Display vases and orna...
Small Bathroom Design Tips

Smart design will see you take advantage of every inch of available bathroom space 

Bathrooms are often the smallest and yet the busiest room in the home, making a good layout both essential and a challenge.  Maximising a compact floorplan means using modern fixtures to open up the room and streamline the space without sacrifici...
Setting up a home office, Handyman magazine,

Set up a streamlined home office for maximum efficiency. Image: Getty Images 

Due to an abundance of technology in the market, setting up a productive home workspace has never been easier but the number of products on offer makes it hard to discern between the must-haves and luxury items.   The first step to designing a home o...
A renovated bathroom with chocolate brown tiles

Colourful accessories help to brighten a small space

A bathroom that is practical and aesthetically pleasing can be a challenge to design, especially when working with a small space. Measuring only 2.4 x 1.9m, the bathroom in this first-floor extension needed every trick in the book to make it look and...
Create a timber sign for your property as a fun way to stake your claim and liven up your outdoor design. Timber signs looks especially great in properties and décor with a laid-back vibe like beachfront homes and bush shacks.   To make a timber sign...
Picture frames are cheap and easy to make with the right tools. Follow our step-by-step guide on how to make a picture frame and add this skill to your DIY repertoire. Buying the materials When ordering the timber check there’s enough to go around...
Inspirational outdoor room with couches, a wicker chair and a barbecue.
Extending the home into the garden is proving to be a popular renovating trend
A purpose-built outdoor living area is one of the most requested additions in domestic architecture. Extending the home into the garden or enclosing a balcony is particularly well-suited to our relaxed Aussie lifestyle.   In the past it was as simple...
We show you how to hang a picture on your wall using screws and picture wire. "Hanging a picture on a wall is an easy DIY job that many people find themselves faced with when decorating the home. There’s an art to hanging art. But there are two key t...