Decorating your home: What to look out for

  • The decision to redecorate can be either the best or the worst you’ve ever made. How smoothly the project goes depends on how prepared you are. To ensure things go well, you need to think about all the various options and stages ahead of you.

    To help, we’ve compiled some tips for different considerations you need to make before embarking on your project:

    Space

    Make sure to measure and keep track of your available space, to avoid buying too much or too little. There are plenty of online tools to help you with this, and most websites will have information about their product measurements.

    You may decide to forego buying and move around existing furniture instead. If so, be sure to measure the new location carefully.

    In addition, keep an eye on cluttering – just because you have the space, it doesn’t mean you need to fill it with something. Sometimes, empty space can tell a story and help open up a room.

    Budget

    Decorative materials and art range from absolutely affordable to outrageously overpriced. Set a budget and stick to it. You’ll be able to find suitable materials for almost any price range, so be sure to do a thorough search to ensure you’re not spending too much.

    Theme

    It’s a good idea to pick a theme to get your decorating started. You can either stick to the same theme for the whole house, or differentiate room to room. Ikea and other home décor retailers have something to suit everyone – whether you live in a small modern studio, or a large traditional town house.

    Planning your theme beforehand will make the whole process much smoother: from choosing paint colours, to buying furniture and decorations.

    Time & Effort

    This one is relative. You need to decide how much time you want to spend on the whole project. You may have a whole weekend planned for it, or want to spread it out over a week. Either way, you need to know how much time you can invest.

    Take wall painting, for example. This will take several hours, but you also need to consider that you won’t be able to use the room for at least a day afterwards. However, hanging up photos or moving furniture takes significantly less time.

    Plan accordingly. There’s nothing worse than having to give up a paint job half way through because someone needs to use the room to sleep in.

    DIY or Buying

    Making decorations yourself adds a personal touch – but it can also be incredibly time-consuming, expensive, and difficult. When you’re already faced with the burden of redecorating, buying decorations is a great option.

    By looking past household brands, you’ll find unique home décor that suits your home and gives it a special touch. Be sure to have an idea in mind before you go out (or online) to shop for decorations, furniture, or art. That way, when you’re faced with a variety of options, you’ll have a much clearer picture of what’s suitable.

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