With the nation currently being told to stay at home, there can’t be a better time to think about a bit of home decorating!
We’ve done our homework and accumulated a few useful tips for you to take away and implement when you’re decorating your home, so here they are:
Plan your decorating
Before splashing paint all over the walls and rearranging any furniture, make sure you have a plan written down.
- Produce a colour palette for each room
- To your best ability draw your new layout with everything labelled, including each wall colour
- Get everything organised like plastic sheets for while your painting and a good supply of tea and coffee
You’ll need to take into consideration what other rooms in your home look like, as for example, a modern room in an older house may not work particularly well.
Consider what your other rooms look like and try to use complimenting colours throughout your home, you’ll have a beautiful home in no time.
If you can’t afford to do other rooms right now, have these on a plan to do so in the future, again just to make your house more uniform.
We all want a home to be proud of and one which is inviting to visitors too, that’s where functional design comes in to play.
For each room ask yourself a few questions to ensure you produce the right feeling you want for that specific room;
- How do you want the space to appear/feel (cheerful, formal, friendly)?
- Who is the room being used by (adults, children or both)?
- What is the room’s function (an office, a nice place to relax, kids playroom)?
As an example, if it’s your office which you’re planning to decorate, you’ll probably want to consider incorporating deeper colours, textures and patterns to make it feel more formal.
You can get some great home decorating inspiration on the website/app Houzz and of course on Pinterest.
Decorating on a budget
If this is a spur of the moment thing, which you’ve decided to do because of having to stay at home, you may not have saved up the funds to do a full home decoration.
This is where you need to consider which room/s are the ones most in need of a makeover. If it’s just a lick of paint that you’re wanting to put up, then for now, just buy the exact amount you need for the room/s and get painting, include the kids if you want!
If you’re planning on upgrading the whole room from décor to furniture then you may want to consider, where possible looking at second–hand items.
Achieve the correct balance
Making sure your room/s look as visually pleasing as possible is important, especially if it’s a small space. Things like the arrangement and size of your furniture, along with other items will help with balancing your room.
For example, if it’s a lounge that will be used for entertaining family and visitors, you’ll want to consider having a main focal point in the room. This could be a bold statement wallpaper, or maybe a modern centrepiece on the coffee table.
It’s your space
Remember it’s your house, it’s your space, and taking too many hints and ideas from websites and other people could influence you to forget about what you want. Make sure your home has yours and your family’s personality written all over it. Enjoy your home decorating! If you like you can share your skills with us on social using #SMChomedecoration!
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