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TikTok’s most popular DIY trends and the ones professionals say you should avoid

There’s no denying the impact that TikTok has when it comes to inspiring people to try something new. From workouts and recipes to home improvements hacks and travel tips, there’s plenty of inspiration to be found on the platform. 

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The most popular DIY trends according to TikTok
Bauhaus tops list of most popular TikTok decor styles
The TikTok DIY hacks could damage your home

When it comes to the home, the hashtag #diy has over 107 billion views on TikTok; that’s a whole lot of upcycling, redecorating and giving it a go.

From Bauhaus to maximalism, we wanted to find out which DIY home trends are the most popular on TikTok right now…and which DIY hacks the professionals say you should avoid.

Our research showed that an (un)impressive 39% of TikTok DIY hacks are likely to cause damage to your home or have a poor finish, so we worked with Peter Hodgins, a carpenter and joiner with over 20 years’ experience in the industry, to identify the worst offenders.

If your home could benefit from some much-needed DIY, your insurer doesn’t need to know about any basic DIY jobs you do, but you would need to inform them of bigger projects. It’s important you have the right home insurance for your home so that belongings are protected if any DIY doesn’t go to plan.

The most popular DIY trends according to TikTok

Flower walls are the most popular DIY trends on TikTok right now, with over 33.7 million views. With a high-quality flower wall potentially costing thousands of pounds, it’s no wonder so many people are keen to have a go at creating these Instagrammable backdrops themselves. 

Following flower walls is pallet furniture, with over 30.7 million views of #palletfurniture on the app. From coffee tables and beds to garden bars and mud kitchens, there are so many different projects you can tackle using pallet wood and a few simple tools.

Interestingly, the research reveals five of the top 20 trends relate to projects involving mirrors. Vanity DIY mirrors rank in 8th position with over 8.5 million views and DIY mirror walls follow closely behind in 10th place with 4.9 million views.

Other trends that dominate the top 30 include several plant-themed DIY hacks. Moss terrariums (4.7 million views), plant hangers (4 million views) and indoor DIY greenhouses (1.3 million views) all rank in the top 25 most popular hashtags. Dried flowers (743,700 views) and pampas grass displays (512,900) also rank in the top 30, with several hundred thousand views each. 

Table of top 30 most popular DIY TikTok trends

Bauhaus tops list of most popular TikTok decor styles 

As part of our research, we also looked at the most popular decor styles on TikTok, ranging from maximalism to Cottagecore.   

Ranking in first place was Bauhaus, with over 53.9 million views. 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 styles in 2021.  

Following Bauhaus is Soft Girl Aesthetic, with over 49,200,000 views on TikTok. A decidedly more modern decor style which originated on TikTok itself, the trend is centred around soft colours, plush materials and an overall theme of ‘cuteness’.  

While minimalism (1.4 million views) once ruled the world of interior and decor trends, it seems that home decorators of today are preferring maximalism (13 million views) as a trend, with its motto of ‘more is more’ attracting millions of views on TikTok.

Another trend that is relatively new to the world of decor and interiors is Cottagecore. Ranking in 13th place with 677,500 views, this decor trend was popularised throughout the 2010s and is based around the concept of celebrating an idealised rural life. While Cottagecore was initially created as a fashion aesthetic, the Cottagecore decor trend is characterised by ‘cosy’ country looks - think rugs, pottery and books in front of a roaring fireplace.

Table of top 15 most popular decor styles on TikTok 

39% of TikTok DIY hacks could damage your home

When it comes to DIY hacks, we were curious to find out how many would actually be recommended by professionals, so we consulted 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.

The research shows 39% of the trends analysed were ranked as either terrible or bad as a result of the poor finish or safety concerns.

Not all insurance policies cover botched DIY jobs, so it’s important to check with your insurer before carrying out a bigger or riskier project. Our guide on what to tell your insurer, outlines when you should be notifying them and if you’d be covered for a botched DIY job.

Popular DIY trends on TikTok that aren’t recommended include stick on tiles, with Peter highlighting that stick-on tiles on fireplaces are particularly dangerous, as the adhesives are likely to fail when heated.

Anyone wanting to create a tiled effect in their homes may also consider using floor stencils - another one of the TikTok DIY trends that scored poorly in the research. Floor stencils were marked as ‘bad’, as using stencils, particularly on bathroom floors can result in a poor finish. That means more money and time would need to be spent on the project in the future.

Other trends that were ranked as ‘terrible’ include some popular painting trends, with painting sinks highlighted as one trend to definitely avoid. The paint is unlikely to last for long and a dodgy DIY job could result in your sink becoming permanently damaged and needing to be replaced.

Painting trickier-to-reach areas with a sock may seem like a DIY hack that would make the painting process easier, but this trend was also marked as terrible, with Peter advising “The finish would be terrible, so you would likely spend more time repainting and fixing up in the long run.” The same goes for the hack of painting decking with a floor brush, which was not recommended.

However not all of the trends were deemed as disasters waiting to happen. Many of the TikTok DIY trends got the thumbs up from DIY expert, Peter, including building floating shelves, and removing wallpaper by soaking and scraping, with both trends scoring top for ease and finish.

Further TikTok hacks which received the professional seal of approval included stick on headboards, bookcase kitchen islands and wood panelling.

Table of DIY TikTok hacks recommended by builders Table of DIY TikTok hacks builders recommend proceeding with caution

Table of DIY TikTok hacks that aren't professionally recommended 

DIY expert, Peter Hodgins, from Principle Kitchens and Carpentry, comments:

“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…

“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”

Jessica Willock, home insurance expert at Confused.com comments:

“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.”

Methodology and sources

Popular TikTok DIY trends were compiled using desk research - consulting authoritative articles and lists that detailed top DIY and interior trends influenced by TikTok.

Each trend was then searched for on TikTok (using the mobile app), searching for the 'trend' plus the keyword 'diy' to ensure that all hashtag views were representative of DIY intent, and were not showing the trend in any other context. Where no hashtags existed with the keyword 'diy' either before or after the trend keyword, the number of views for the style keyword were individually recorded. All data correct as of 5 August 2021.

 

The top TikTok decor styles were compiled using a number of articles and lists detailing the top interior trends influenced by TikTok. Each trend was then searched for on TikTok (using the mobile app), searching for the 'trend' plus the keywords either 'decor' or 'interior'. This was to ensure that all hashtag views were representative of each style in the home, and not in any other context. Where no hashtags existed with either keywords 'decor' or 'interior', the number of views for the style keyword were individually recorded. All data correct as of 5 August 2021.

Finally, we paired with Peter Hodgins from Principle Kitchens, a carpenter and joiner with over 20 years’ experience in the industry, who ranked 28 of the most popular TikTok DIY hacks on a scale of one to five. One indicated that the trend was ‘terrible’ and not recommended, and a score of five indicated that the trend was ‘great’ and would be recommended.