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Improving the interior of your home

POSTED ON 28 APRIL 2017

If your home is lacking a bit of style and colour then it might be time for you to consider redecorating.

Should you do it yourself or hire a professional? Here we are going to show you a few things to focus on when doing it yourself – and hopefully you can save some money along the way. We are aware that some people weren’t born with a great eye for decorating or design, but don’t worry, we have that covered, showing you how to find the right professional or interior designer!

FIND YOUR FOCAL POINT

Firstly, focus on one room at a time. You want to find the room’s focal point and emphasise this feature ensuring that everything around it is complementary. It could be a fireplace or a large bay window. If your room doesn’t have a feature, then the solution is simple – create one! You can do this by painting one wall a different colour and accessorising with artwork or shelving. If you are creating a room for a purpose, for example a reading room, then make a book shelf or a large piece of furniture the focal point. Once you have figured out what you want your focal point to be, then you should begin to decorate around it.

PAINTING

Often the easiest and most affordable way to bring a room to life is to add a coat of paint. Don’t rush when redecorating your home, you want to spread it out over time focusing on small and manageable parts. You want to get it right and, most importantly, you want to have fun when doing so. Ensure you use the best quality tools available, that being, brushes, paints and rollers; you won’t get a professional outcome if you don’t act like a professional. Pick a good quality branded paint, as poor paint will last half of the time and cost you twice the money.

Top Tip: Focus on all edges, including windows, door frames, light switches and other nooks and crannies first before applying the main section of paint. Also, don’t forget to put down old sheets or blankets; then you won’t have to spend a few days cleaning the carpet.

FINISHING TOUCHES

Once you have finished with painting and decorating the walls, then it’s time to focus on the final touches. Adding vases, scatter cushions and throws to a living room will encourage more warmth. You don’t want to over clutter though – sometimes less is more. If you do have a creative eye then try some DIY projects, ranging from building your own headboard, creating your own desk and making your own storage. Tidy up different areas, including the front of your house, replace worn door handles and clean up radiators.

BUDGET

Before going into any decorating, set a budget and prepare a list of things you need. It’s so easy when you go shopping to become over excited and spend money on things that you don’t even need or want. Shop around for the best deals and ensure that you measure all of the spaces you have; there is no point in buying coffee tables or wardrobes that don’t even fit through the front door.

HIRING A PROFESSIONAL

There are many different reasons why people hire professionals. You may find that you don’t have enough time or you simply may just hate decorating! Interior designers and decorators can save you so much time and stress, as it’s their job to know the latest trends and what designs work well for certain spaces. Look at decorators in your area and keep an eye out for those with positive reviews. However, also ensure that you check out their portfolio to make sure they are the right fit for you, your budget and your home. If you are short on money then consider hiring a student interior designer.

Top tips

1.     Plan

Know what you want. Don’t just piece it all together as you go along as it will look odd. Collect research from magazines and the internet to find a style that you love

2.     Furnishings

Be bold. Pick colours you love, creating focal points. Paint small samples on walls to see which fits best with the lighting you have
3.     Colour

Use furniture to define a space. It can be quite pricey to refurnish a home, see what you can keep from your old furniture; it could just need a coat of paint or a re-varnish

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