Everyone needs to redecorate their home from time to time either for a change or because a particular trend really strikes their fancy. It could also be that you have newly purchased a new home and after moving in are at a loss of how to bring your vision to reality. Here are a few easy ways to start to redecorate your home.
1. Gather Inspiration Before Shopping
Shopping for furniture is in many ways similar to shopping for groceries because one may purchase something they don’t really like just because there’s a certain pressure associated with retail shopping. Always take the time to decide on a color palette and make an inspiration board or scrapbook so that shopping becomes easier.
Your home is a reflection of your tastes and preferences as well as your hobbies so take the time to evaluate what you want rather than just buying a piece that is modern or trendy and all the houses have it like a modern fence or garden swing.
2. Get The Numbers Right
As mentioned above, there’s a secondary issue with just going to a store and buying a piece of furniture outright. You need to take proper measurements of all your rooms and then look at pieces online before going to any store you prefer so that you can be sure you’ve made the right decision. Once you’ve taken the measurements it becomes easier to order items like curtains online.
Not to mention if you are simply reupholstering your existing furniture, this helps you choose the fabric of your dreams that correlates with your new design vision. Functional additions like a walk-in bathtub need concise prior measurements as well.
3. Floor Plans Are Calming
A floor plan can tell you at a glance what all the rooms in your home look like and how the space is either currently utilized or left empty. This can spark your imagination and allow you to use statement pieces rather than filling the space with needless clutter.
You should aim to strike a happy medium between a more utilitarian and functional approach and an aesthetic one. A floor plan is also supremely helpful if you are engaging a professional interior designer to help you and it is one of the things they may ask for.
4. Use The Specifics to Guide You
One of the aims that individuals have whilst redecorating is to make their space a bit more functional for their needs. Many design aspects will depend on how many people live in the home, what their professions and hobbies are, how many children there are etc.
If you are someone who works from home you may be keen to make a workspace or study, and the same applies if you want an area to be able to work out at home. Use your requirements as a solid guide regarding the items, storage units, and design additions you need for redecorating.
5. Walls Full of Art
A photo, memorabilia, or art wall is always an instant conversation starter in every home. Invest in framing photographs, prints, or tapestries you have lying around or reframe pictures you think are dated in old frames. Commissioning dog portraits for example to remember your canine friend is a brilliant, unique addition to any art wall.
6. Make Any Room Multi-Functional
A trick loved by interior design experts is to convert any medium to large-sized room into various functional zones. Any large living area for example can have a work nook, a cabinet nook, or even a small dining area. Utilize the space available to you by dividing it up into various zones so that you can get more use out of it. In many cases, you can use a beautiful vintage dividing screen or use furniture like the back of a couch to divide a space.
7. Amp Up The Lighting
A key point to consider when redecorating is the lighting you’re working with. Many great homes are less than relaxing because they are using inadequate or sharp white sources of light. Scatter lamps of varying height in a room or install new light fixtures to really change up the ambiance into cozy, relaxing, and rejuvenating.
If you are working with a smaller space or a rental one with fewer light outlets you can always use double-sided safe tape that doesn’t leave a print on walls and can be easily removed. The same applies if you are putting up wall art like a custom house painting but cannot drill several holes into the walls as the space is a rental or you want it to retain its value as far as possible.
8. Cushions, Curtains & Rugs
In many ways, you can consider that the focal points in any main living area or even bedroom are the curtains, cushions, and rugs. Whether you are transitioning the space seasonally or looking for a more serious redecoration you can change out the curtains, the cushion covers, and the rugs for a brand new feel. If you have a new color palette on your mind you’re enthralled by, this is the easiest way to let it filter into your home.
If you want to change the feel of your home in between the different seasons, you might decide to opt for a flooring style that mixes well with a multitude of different colours. UK retailer Carpet Warehouse recommend opting for a brighter, comfortable grey carpet, as this tends to mix well with many different colours and styles.
9. A Fresh Coat Of Paint
No redecoration would be complete without paying attention to the state of the walls. A fresh coat of paint does wonders especially if it is a lighter, more neutral color as it can lift the space you are working with and even make it appear larger or vertically taller. If your home has many dark-colored walls you can substitute them for lighter colors or even vice versa if you are trying to achieve a certain look like a vintage French vibe.
10. Shelves Are A Life-Changer
Many individuals that undertake serious redecorating or remodeling often do it in part because of inadequate storage options. Shelves are a brilliantly aesthetic storage solution that can be installed in a plethora of beautiful designs from bohemian and rustic to Victorian or even modern contemporary.
You can also use them to store things that bring the room alive. Some like to use shelves to store photo books full of their favorite pictures while others will use them to display ornaments or mementoes. Choose your preferred décor style and install shelves in bedrooms, the living area and even outdoors to improve storage as well as showcase your more coveted possessions.