If you’ve recently moved into a new home, or you just know it’s time for a change, you may be a little intimidated at the thought of redecorating your whole house. But the experience is unlikely to be as stressful as you’re imagining and with a little preparation it may even be fun.
This is your chance to update your home and ensure that it represents your tastes. Here are some top tips for decorating your home:
Make a plan
Before you get started, it’s a good idea to take some time to think about your goals for your home. Are you planning to sell in a few years, or will you be staying in the property and raising your family there? Do you want to go with a theme for the entire house, or let each room tell its own story?
If you’ve never redecorated before, you may not really know what you like, which style is right for you, and how to mix and match different styles. This can be really intimidating, so before you get started consider spending some time watching decorating shows, reading design magazines and exploring blogs and websites like Pinterest to get an idea of what would look good in your home.
Do it yourself
Many people assume that DIY will look tacky, but this couldn’t be less true. In fact the rise of “rustic” looks on popular blogs has made DIY one of the most popular ways to decorate. If you like the idea of doing some DIY, head to garage and yard sales and choose pieces of furniture that you can see have potential. It’s relatively easy to refurbish things like chairs and tables and you’ll be able to enjoy the knowledge that you helped make some of the key pieces in your home.
Focus on bedrooms
We spend a lot of time in our bedrooms, so it’s important that they feel warm, welcoming, and spacious, while representing our personalities. Because our bedrooms are a place where we can retreat from the world, you may want to spend longer choosing colours and furniture here, so you can be sure that you’ll be happy with the end result.
While you can save money on many items through your home, it’s a good idea to choose a sturdy wooden bed for your bedroom. Wood won’t date and will stay in great condition, plus it allows you to mix and match bed linens, wall colours, and carpet, without clashing badly with your choice if you decide do redecorate in the future.
Get the family involved
Often we feel overwhelmed when we haven’t reached out to anyone for help. If you’re planning to redecorate your home, remember that it’s also your family’s home as well. The kids will probably want a say in how their bedroom looks, and your significant other should be available to bounce ideas off and give you some input. Ensuring that everyone is involved in the redecoration will make it more fun and exciting.