A home décor makeover often looks easier than it really is. That’s not to say that a successful home décor project is always difficult, but the truth is, it always has to be well planned, well defined and well executed. Sometimes, despite our best intentions, a home décor or makeover can go overboard, over budget or over the timeline simply because you forget or skipped a few essential steps.
Here are 5 secrets to a successful home décor project to keep you on track with everything from budgeting to shopping.
1.List out the goals
Don’t start blind; create a detailed list of what your measurable goals are and how you plan to achieve them for the space in consideration. Think of how much change you want to incorporate, what rooms you want to work on to begin with, what your timeline should be and who will be helping you make the final decorating decisions.
2.Create a detailed, thorough budget
Once you have your goals written down, you know exactly what you want to spend your money on. Now start budgeting – allocate a set budget to paint, flooring, wallpaper, cushions and accents, new furniture etc, as per your list. Think of options too, so you can come up with ideas to cut down on the cost wherever needed in order to accommodate all items on your list within your stipulated budget. For example, could you use mismatched chairs from a second-hand store for the balcony seating? Or maybe, you can spruce up an old vintage bureau for the bedroom instead of buying a new dressing table?
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3.Think about a colour scheme, design flow and circulation space
Now think about the details. Set the colour scheme before you actually begin to purchase items. A design flow is a must – how are the different aspects of the room’s décor connected to each other? You may need to set a theme, even if it is not overtly evident in the final design because it will lay the roadmap for your design process. Another important thing – don’t forget circulation space when buying new furniture. You don’t need to fill up a space with lots of furniture. Spend more of your budget on fewer but better-quality pieces and your room will look better than if it’s stuffed, with no breathing space.
Don’t make up your mind simply on a hunch, order samples. Having fabrics, paint, laminate, flooring, and wallpaper samples in hand will make those final decisions more likely to be a success. You cannot trust the colours on your computer screen alone!
5.Make your selections carefully
Once you have laid out the groundwork, it is time to go shopping and start spending your money. A good rule of the thumb is to check return policies; try to buy things that can be easily returned if they don’t fit into your decor scheme once things are put together. If you are not sure about something, snap a picture of it to look at in your space. In the end, the most important thing is not to compromise. Every decorating project has its surprises — the important thing is to adjust to them rather than powering through, no matter what. If you have gone over-budget for lighting fixtures but love the final look, find ways to cut back on your budget in other areas.