Some people are fantastic at DIY projects. However, some of us break out in a cold sweat at the very thought of sanding, distressing, or chalk painting. For those of us in the latter group, craft stores have seemed like intimidating and elusive places full of mysteries we’ll never be able to comprehend. But recently, more and more craft stores have begun expanding their offerings to include home decoration and furniture items, so that even the most determinedly uncrafty shopper can find the perfect piece to round out their home.
Is Michael’s really leading the charge when it comes to featuring home decoration and furnishings?
A lot of it is only available online, which makes sense: craft stores just don’t have the square footage to display furniture. But their website does carry an extensive display of furnishings, including accent chairs, end tables, barstools, bookshelves, media centers, ottomans, vanity tables, desks, outdoor furniture, rugs, and more.
However, Michael’s does feature plenty of smaller decor collections in-store. They have rotating collections for all four seasons, and also feature holiday-themed decor. Much of their current home decor – which includes mirrors, shelves, wall hangings, throw pillows, clocks, fountains, and other decorative accents – is in the current, trendy farmhouse style. Michael’s has also collaborated with Jonathan and Drew Scott of TV’s Property Brothers fame on a line of custom picture frames, which is part of their Scott Living Home imprint.
What other craft stores can help you improve your home decoration style?
Not to be outdone, other national craft stores have also expanded their own home decoration options. Hobby Lobby and JoAnn Fabrics, like Michael’s, both carry a lot of home accents that in the popular farmhouse style feels ubiquitous in the wake of Fixer Upper. Hallmarks of this industrial-rustic style include distressed painted wood and galvanized metal. Colors tend to be on the cool side, with lots of white and gray and pale blue, but it can be punctuated with coppery shades as well, all these will successfully decorate small spaces.
Hobby Lobby also counts other, more diverse styles among their wares. There are plenty of pieces that would complement the trendy mid-century modern design that’s currently at the peak of popularity: this includes vases, mirrors, and containers in geometric shapes, often crafted from shiny gold metal. There are also cheerful Southwestern print ceramic dishes, stately globes, old-fashioned animal figurines, Moroccan-style dishes and much more. While there’s no denying that there’s a little something for everyone, regardless of home decoration style and personal taste, it lacks the thematic consistency and curated elegance of the decor collections at Michael’s.
Like Hobby Lobby, JoAnn Fabrics offers what seems to be kind of a hodgepodge of decor styles. Of the major craft stores beginning to push their boundaries into home decoration, JoAnn seems to be less ambitious about entering into a new realm. Where they excel is in their presentation of what we call gateway DIY projects: namely, tasks that make even the least handy among us feel ambitious. They have an extensive assortment of peel-and-stick wallpaper as well as decorative privacy film for windows. These are ideal not only for DIYers, but also people who rent their homes as they allow for non-permanent alteration of property.
Conclusion – Don’t give up refining your home decoration with great ideas and items from craft store!
Even if you’re the kind of person who struggles to draw a straight line with a ruler and never did quite learn to color between the lines, craft stores are no longer off limits to you. In fact, they may have more to offer you than you ever could have imagined. Even if your crafts or DIY projects will never be Pinterest-perfect, you can still flex your creative muscles at craft stores by taking advantage of their ever-expanding home decoration options.