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Don't try this at home! DIY TikTok hacks that could actually damage your home

10 Sep 2021
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New research has not only revealed the most popular DIY home hacks right now, but also the ones most likely to go wrong. Be careful when trying some of these, or better still, don't try a few of them at all. 

New research from Confused.com reveals that five of the top 20 home decor trends on TikTok right now are projects involving mirrors.

The most popular of all are flower walls, with over 33.7 million views for #diyflowerwall on the app. While Bauhaus and soft girl aesthetic top list of most popular TikTok décor styles. 

Analysis also shows that 39% of DIY advice on TikTok could damage your home. 

To establish which TikTok hacks are safe to undertake at home, Confused.com consulted DIY expert, Peter Hodgins, a carpenter and joiner with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. He ranked different TikTok DIY hacks to reveal which are professionally approved and which may risk damaging your home.  By rating each TikTok hack out of five, the research revealed that 39% of the DIY tips analysed were ranked as either ‘terrible’ or 'bad’ as a result of either poor finish or safety concerns.

At the bottom end of the scale were tips like using stick-on tiles for fireplaces, painting with a sock, painting sinks and painting decking with a floor brush.

Therse 11 DIY hacks should be avoided and aren’t professionally recommended:

  • Painting decking with a floor brush
  • Cleaning with drills
  • Cement worktops
  • Floor stencils
  • Fake bricks
  • Painting sinks
  • Stick on tiles
  • Grouting pens
  • Painting with a sock
  • Duct tape backsplash
  • Stick on tiles for fireplace

 

Less than a third of the hacks (32%) received the professional seal of approval with a score of four or five, and just over a quarter were marked as ‘this is not great, proceed with caution'.

“With all the extra time we’ve had at home over the past 18 months, so many people have done a spot of DIY on their homes - some successfully and others not quite as well, says Hodgins, of Principle Kitchens and Carpentry.

"Unfortunately, watching a few TikTok videos does not make you an expert in building or plumbing, and this can sometimes mean that people are left disappointed with the finish, functionality and even safety of their DIY home hacks. If you’re unsure about how to do a certain task, it’s always best to consult a professional to ensure you’re going to be left feeling happy with the results of your home project."  

READ: The main reason why home insurance claims are rejected, and how to avoid it happening to you

As part of the research, Confused.com also looked into the most popular décor styles on TikTok, by analysing hashtag data from popular décor themes ranging from minimalism to Japandi.

Ranking in the first place is Bauhaus, with over 53.9 million views on TikTok. Bauhaus designs are defined by the use of smooth surfaces, geometric shapes and clean lines, and despite originating over 100 years ago, it’s clear that this trend is still dominating interior trends in 2021. 

Following Bauhaus in the second position is Soft Girl Aesthetic, with over 49.2 million views on TikTok. A decidedly more modern décorstyle which originated on TikTok itself, the trend is centered around soft colours, plush materials and an overall theme of ‘cuteness’. 

Vintage and rustic and Scandinavian design made up the top five most popular trends, each with over 15 million views each on the app.

SEE: Revamp your kitchen on a limited budget with these 5 design tricks

Top 10 Most Viewed TikTok Décor Styles

1.  Bauhaus        

2. Soft girl aesthetic

3.  Vintage décor          

4 . Rustic

5. Scandinavian design           

6. Maximalism

7. Industrial design  

8. Eclectic décor          

9. Modern farmhouse

10. Bohemian style

The Top 20 Most Popular TikTok DIY Trends

1. Flower wall   

2. Pallet furniture        

3. DIY vases      

4. Painted arches        

5. Homemade rug        

6. Accent wall   

7. Macrame wall hanging      

8. DIY vanity bulb mirror      

9. Homemade bench   

10. Mirror wall    

11. Macrame plant hanger     

12. Back splash  

13. Moss terrarium      

14. Plant hangers           

15. Wall panelling        

16. Foam mirror 

17. Ikea mirror hack    

18.  Cloud mirror            

19. Book nook     

20. Shiplap wall 

“With limited access to tradespeople during the pandemic and more spare time on our hands, it’s no wonder that so many people have been turning to TikTok for inspiration for their next home DIY project. Not all information on TikTok is reliable however, and by carrying out these projects without professional assistance, some DIY enthusiasts may risk damaging their home in the process.

Before undertaking any big DIY project, ensure that you have the appropriate home insurance to protect yourself and your home, and let your insurer know of any projects that may affect the value of your home - failure to do so could potentially invalidate your insurance,” suggests Jessica Willock, home insurance expert at Confused.com.

To view the research in full, please visit: Confused.com 

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