What you need to know before you start redecorating


Redecorating your home can be fun and exciting, but it can also be stressful. You need to be ready for anything when you take on such a big task and so here are our top tips for those looking to redecorate.

White designed living room with firework
Used with permission of Kira David Design

Be flexible

It is best to have an idea of what you want out of your renovation but do not get your heart set on an exact result. For example, one major element of redecorating is the furniture but often what we imagine is impossible to find in stores. Finding the right furniture can be exhausting and infuriating if you cannot find the perfect pieces, especially if what you like is not particularly popular. Buying Furniture Guides can be incredibly helpful for a variety of things around your house. Be patient when choosing paint colors. It can be tempting to pick out a color and get straight into painting, but you might find that once you have finished all four walls you have decided you do not like it all that much. Get plenty of paint samples in different shades and colors, take your time to be sure what you want before you commit.

Set yourself a budget

Do not get carried away with big ideas and forget to manage your money properly. There is nothing worse than running out of money halfway through your project, you end up with no budget left and a renovation that looks worse than it did before. Do plenty of research, get a full picture of how much it is going to cost and possibly where you will need to cut down. Prioritize and make sure you have a contingency plan should anything crop up. 

Bright-designed bedroom
Used with permission of Breeze Giannasio

Do not overcrowd the space

It is easy to get a little too excited and start buying more furniture than your house can hold. Measure the rooms you are looking to redecorate before you buy anything and think realistically about what is going to work in the room. Unfortunately, sometimes that sofa you have your heart set on is just not realistic for the space that you have. Hold back, be selective and buy high-quality pieces instead of numerous cheaper items.

So where to start when redecorating?

When first planning a revamp, you should start with what you are planning to keep and go from there. Work around the elements that you want to keep the same and use that as a base. Sometimes when you really take stock of what you have it turns out that all you needed was a new lick of paint or a couple of accessories to completely change the look of a room. Planning ahead like this can save you a whole lot of time and money.

View from the hall, living room with round chandelier, chair and window with curtains
Used with permission of Colleen Duffley

If you have decided to completely change the décor then you need to start with the floors and the walls. The painting should be handled first and then get any reflooring done. Once this is done you can start to think about new furniture. Do not get carried away and start buying things before you have anywhere to put them.

Thanks to furnitureliscious.com for consulting.


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