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Many of us have few ideas when it comes to renovating or redesigning our homes. We don’t know where to start, procrastinate for months and ultimately, never even begin to redecorate, let alone take on a major renovation project.
However, with some clear, easy to follow steps, it’s simpler than you think to tackle a restyle of your home. Anyone can do it and do it well! So, let’s dig in and discuss the key considerations you can make when you renovate your home.
My main aim is to always showcase inspirational yet achievable home interiors. I don’t want anyone to feel intimidated by creating a beautiful home, I want you to go away from here feeling enthusiastic and motivated to create the home of your dreams.
Before you start doing any kind of renovation or decorating to your home, it’s always a good idea to live in the space as it is. This is a particularly good approach if you’ve just moved into a new home.Understanding how you use a room or space in your home is vital to ensuring you renovate it according to how you live. Don’t forget, it won’t just be you either. If you live with family or friends, you need to consider how the wider household utilises a room and deliver a renovation that meets their needs too.
Whilst there are many colour ‘rules’ out there which help us decorate our homes in the right way, I’m a big believer in just doing what feels right. Use colours which speak to you, colours which make your home come alive and that make you feel great.It’s true that some colours look better than others depending on the levels of natural light, the size of a room and the way it is used, but it’s not worth fretting over. If you love a colour, use it!
I can’t stress this enough. No matter how much storage you have, you will always need more so factor this into your designs.Invest in multi-purpose furniture such as storage footstools, which work hard and offer real value for money. Work in storage into underutilised spaces, making the most of your home, particularly if it’s slightly smaller and be creative. Add rows of cupboards on bedroom walls for book, shoe and toiletry storage. Bookshelves make great display units and the space underneath beds should never be ignored. Use your imagination and allow your home to be more organised and clutter-free.
Are you a visual person? Do you find it easy to visualise the result of a redesigned room?If you find this tricky, or want help pulling your ideas together then consider creating a moodboard before you begin. There are many ways you can do this, either by using physical magazine cuttings or using online tools such as Pinterest and of course, blogs for inspiration. All these methods allow you to research and plan your design, use it to gain agreement from others and help you source and buy your products before beginning your project.
Identifying the look you want to use is a stumbling block for many when you begin to redesign your home. Perhaps you feel that you don’t really have a ‘style or theme which you love and lack confidence to try something new.My main tip here is to be brave. Close your eyes and go for a design you love – don’t worry too much if it will work or look good. None of us are interior designers so we need to remember to design our homes in a way that makes them a joy in which to spend time. Ensure they reflect us and our personality. Let them be an extension of who we are.
It’s certainly the case that a room is never quite complete until you’ve added all your finishing touches.From cushions and candlesticks to rugs, throws and of course, your selection of artwork on the walls, all these pieces bring your room to life and help the design feel warm and homely. Adding framed photographs, either in-wall collages or alone on the mantlepiece is a great way to help you feel connected to your home too. Evoking a memorable moment, they give you a sense of belonging and happiness which many other homewares can’t.
One of my main tips when it comes to redesigning and renovating your home is to restyle a finished room from time to time to help it feel fresh.I’m not advocating a full redecoration, but simply recommend a shake-up with regards to the way you display your possessions, and possibly the textures you use in your soft furnishings. The change in the seasons is the obvious time for such a restyle and moving from faux fur to silk cushions in the summer and adding more plants to the space when the weather improves is an easy way to invigorate a room. Renovating and redesigning your home doesn’t have to feel overwhelming if you follow these key considerations. Do you do anything else to help you prepare for a renovation or decoration project? We would love to know if there’s anything else we can add to the list.