Stylish, Thrifty and Versatile: The Latest DIY and Home Improvement Trends in the US
Have you ever found yourself staring at that blank wall in your living room, thinking, "I could totally spruce this up," or maybe pondering how a touch of paint could transform your drab bedroom into a cozy sanctuary? Well, you're not alone!
In this blog post, we're diving headfirst into the exciting world of DIY (do it yourself) and home improvement projects. We'll explore why so many consumers are rolling up their sleeves, grabbing their toolkits, and embarking on creative journeys right in the heart of their homes.
We have asked 1000 people in the US all about their recent projects and how they get them done and we’ll go over the results of our Appinio Hype Tracker Report.
Key Takeaways from the Appinio Hype Tracker Report
- Changing Landscape
Home improvement and DIY projects in the US have seen a significant boost, driven by the pandemic, remote work, and a desire for more functional and pleasant living spaces. Despite economic challenges, consumers are investing in their homes.
- DIY Motivation
Americans are taking on DIY projects primarily for maintenance and repairs, the sense of accomplishment, and cost savings. This shift is not just about necessity but also about personal satisfaction and financial prudence.
- Inspiration and Shopping Trends
Social media is a dominant source of DIY inspiration, particularly platforms like YouTube and Instagram, while friends and family's homes and TV shows continue to play a significant role. In terms of shopping, home improvement stores, online retailers, and local hardware shops are popular choices. Durability, quality and price are key in purchasing decisions.
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The appeal of DIY projects for consumers
Homeowners’ behavior has changed significantly in the past few years.
The pandemic gave rise to a huge boom in home improvement and DIY projects. Americans were forced to spend more time in their home, including working remotely, therefore they started upgrading their space making it more pleasant but also more functional. Statista reveals that the total US home improvement expenditure amounted to 457 billion US dollars only in 2020 and the projected home improvement sales in 2025 will amount to 612.3 billion US dollars.
So, was COVID the only push for DIY and home improvement projects?
Certainly not, there are plenty of reasons why we can't resist the siren call of DIY:
- Maintenance and repairs: 58% of Americans say their biggest drive to engage in DIY projects is because something got broken and needed fixing. Of course, these are small repairs or quick replacements that can be done at home without the help of professionals.
- Sense of accomplishment: There's nothing quite like the feeling of stepping back and admiring a project you completed from start to finish, 58% chase that DIY high.
- Enhancing comfort: 49% of Americans are drawn to DIY projects because they see them as a pathway to enhancing the comfort and functionality of their homes. Whether it's creating a cozy nook, improving energy efficiency, or making their living spaces more adaptable, DIY endeavors are driven by a desire to create spaces that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also deeply comfortable and accommodating.
Cost savings: Let's face it; moving houses or hiring home improvement contractors can be seriously expensive, that is why 46% DIY where possible and save a pretty penny by doing things themselves. Even if 71% of Americans had to stop their DIY projects in their tracks due to soaring inflation rates.
Common DIY and home improvement projects in the US
Alright, let's get down to the nitty-gritty of the home improvement projects! We're about to take a tour of some seriously cool and common DIY projects and home additions. From simple hacks to ambitious undertakings, there's something for everyone to sink their teeth into.
- Gardens, patios, and garden gnomes
Do Americans have a green thumb and some outdoor space? Absolutely! 57% are creating a little oasis! Choosing beautiful flowers may come easily to mind, but improving a garden can entail so much more, garden design, vertical gardening, container gardening, installing small fountains, creating a safe haven for traveling birds and squirrels, installing flattering lighting or even introducing seasonal decorations (Christmas is coming!)
- Is that a great sofa or is it just Pinterest?
Buying new furniture or giving old furniture a makeover is one of the easiest ways to improve a home, and nearly one in two (47%). Americans have been assembling and fitting furniture to give a makeover to their home.
- Paint the town red, or maybe vermillion?
Whether they’re going for a fresh coat of white or diving into a vibrant accent wall, 47% of Americans have been painting a lot lately.
Sustainability and home improvements
There’s also an environmentally conscious side of DIY and home improvement. It's not just about enhancing your space; it's about doing it in a way that's sustainable and eco-friendly.
When it comes to being eco-friendly at home, one of the first things consumers do is improve their energy efficiency.
DIYers are playing a pivotal role in energy conservation. The numbers show a growing interest in projects that focus on boosting energy efficiency. From installing energy-efficient appliances to improving insulation and incorporating solar panels, these initiatives not only save money but also reduce carbon footprints.
Reducing or minimizing waste is another way of working towards a more sustainable home, repurposing or recycling old furniture, or starting composting.
Furthermore, many (47%) US DIY enthusiasts think of opting for environmentally friendly building materials, such as reclaimed wood, bamboo, and recycled metal when buying DIY supplies.
Where and how Americans get their DIY gear
When it comes to sourcing DIY gear and supplies in the US, Americans have a variety of options at their disposal.
Where consumers buy DIY supplies according to the Appinio Hype Tracker Report data:
- A significant majority, around 80%, prefer to purchase their DIY essentials at home improvement stores such as The Home Depot or Lowe’s. These well-known retailers offer a wide range of products, from power tools to paint, making them a go-to destination for DIY enthusiasts looking for convenience and a comprehensive selection.
- Local hardware shops also play a crucial role, as 49% of respondents favor these establishments for their proximity and personalized service. For many, the local hardware shop remains the heart of the community and a trusted source for expert advice.
- Online retailers are another popular choice, with 44% of respondents opting for the ease of online shopping. The digital landscape has revolutionized the way we approach DIY, allowing consumers to browse, compare prices, and read reviews from the comfort of their homes.
Interestingly, there's a generational shift in shopping preferences. Older respondents tend to frequent home improvement stores, while the younger crowd leans towards craft stores.
Regardless of where they shop, durability, quality, and price stand out as the top factors influencing purchasing decisions, with 88% of respondents emphasizing the importance of durability of their DIY supplies, while 87% value their quality, price is important for 81% of American DIY-ers. These factors collectively guide the choices of US DIY enthusiasts as they embark on their creative projects, ensuring that they get the best value for their efforts.
Online resources and inspiration
When it comes to sparking their DIY creativity, Americans have a diverse array of sources that serve as wellsprings of inspiration.
- Social Media
A significant 49% of them turn to the expansive world of social media, where visual platforms reign supreme and craft ideas are abundant.
YouTube steals Instagram the crown as the most popular source of inspiration, capturing the imagination of 59% of social media-inspired DIY enthusiasts, while Instagram follows closely at 58%.
Facebook also holds sway with 52%, demonstrating the power of captivating visuals and engaging content in giving DIY ideas to consumers.
This remains a classic source of craft ideas for 49% of Americans. With home improvement programs offering a steady stream of innovative projects and design concepts. These shows continue to be a trusted resource for those seeking practical guidance for crafts to do at home, the latest trends and inspirational home additions.
- Family’s & friends’ homes
Equally influential are the homes of family and friends, with 45% of Americans drawing inspiration from the creative ideas they encounter within their personal circles.
The impact of social media on DIY inspiration is especially pronounced, with 73% of users following home improvement project accounts on platforms like Instagram, where they can access a constant flow of innovative ideas.
In fact, 67% of those who seek DIY inspiration on social media have actively tried replicating home improvement projects they've discovered, highlighting the influential role of online content in motivating real-world action.
Moreover, over one in two (53%) of Americans who use social media for DIY inspiration have purchased DIY items based on recommendations from social media or online reviews. This highlights the powerful combination of visual inspiration and user-generated recommendations in shaping DIY endeavors, as Americans navigate the world of home improvement with a wealth of virtual resources at their fingertips.
New trends around DIY and home improvement
The DIY space is constantly evolving, and new trends are emerging to inspire and challenge DIY enthusiasts across the US.
- Outdoor living spaces
The Appinio Hype Tracker confirmed Americans’ fascination with outdoor living spaces. The buzz surrounding this trend indicates a strong desire to expand and enhance living spaces beyond the walls of our homes. This shift might be fueled by a growing appreciation for outdoor activities and the desire to create comfortable, functional outdoor areas.
- Second-hand furniture
One standout trend that's generating substantial buzz is the revival of second-hand furniture. It's not just about repurposing and upcycling, but also a keen focus on sustainability, cost-effectiveness, and the allure of unique and vintage pieces. Online marketplaces have become bustling hubs for those on the hunt for pre-loved treasures, and DIY trends.
- Open floor plans
Lastly, open floor plans are making waves in the DIY landscape. While they don't create as much buzz as the other trends, they're still significant. There's a clear fascination with flexible and spacious interior layouts, reflecting a desire for more versatile living spaces. This trend emphasizes the importance of adaptability and multifunctionality in our homes, aligning with the changing needs and preferences of modern living. It's about creating spaces that can seamlessly transform to accommodate various activities and moods.
These new DIY trends aren't just about aesthetics; they represent a shift towards more sustainable, versatile, and enjoyable living spaces. As DIY enthusiasts explore these trends, they're not just remodeling their homes; they're reshaping the way they live.
The world of DIY and home improvement in the US is more vibrant and dynamic than ever. From revamping spaces with brightly coloured feature walls to embracing sustainable and eco-friendly practices, Americans are redefining their living environments. New trends reflect a desire for versatile and enjoyable living spaces.
DIY is not just about home remodeling; it's about reimagining the way we live
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