When you think about your home, you are charged with emotions. The concept of home is very special to us, and each of us thinks differently about our homes. Undertaking a home decoration task can be very challenging, but at the same time, is not without its rewards. But exactly how to decorate your house? New paint job? Done. Buying show-pieces? Done that too. But is this going to work? No, because proceeding without a plan can be disastrous.
8 Tips to start decorating your house:
1- Decide your budget:
We all like money. And we all wish we had an unlimited amount of money at our disposal. But no, we don’t. Calculating a budget is necessary before embarking on the task of decorating the house. This budget will allow you to select the best kind of design plan for your house. Once this is done, you won’t be looking at a 50 dollar product you bought and be feeling guilty.
2- Priorities, priorities, priorities:
After you fix your budget, start thinking about your next step. Once you have lived in your house you will know which portion of the house needs what kind of makeover treatment. For example, renovating the bathroom and the balcony comes later. First you must think about your kitchen and dining space. Then come the living room and after that, your bedroom. Save the best for last.
3- Color! Color everywhere!
Color gets a high priority. After you have made a list of rooms to be ornamented, the first thing you should do is think about a splendid color to go with your room. Two things you have to keep in mind while selecting the color for a particular room: 1. The kind of room (e.g. bedroom, living room) 2. What purpose does this color serve. Keeping these steps in mind is necessary. Go with light colors to give an airy, serene feel, or go with deep, dark, moody colors that add drama to your room. The choice is yours!
4- Go with your feelings:
Decorating a house is all about feelings. Give the house what the house needs, rather than what you need for the house. How you want to live in your house and how you end up living in your house can be two different things. Plan accordingly.
5- Take up your shopping list:
Shopping the right things for your home can be a daunting task. You can’t always find the right goods that you had in mind, but can that stop you from decorating your house? No, it won’t, as long as you have a theme in mind and follow it accordingly.
Buying furniture, pictures, wall hangings and other things require thorough inspection. Try out different approaches of decorating your house. You don’t have to follow suit and buy a vase for flowers. You can easily put flowers in a big coffee mug and it would still look classy. Go out of your way of buying standard things and start to experiment.
6- Insertion of the items:
Once you have cleaned your room, now it is time for the fun to begin. Placing things needs planning. Random item placement would only make you unsatisfied at the end. Nothing is more frustrating than finding yourself placing a kitchen drawer by the sink, just to change its location after sometime. Keeping items organized and out of the walking path is necessary.
Again, you must follow three things before placing items:
- Always visualize your room from an outsider’s point-of-view. This makes decision making easier and faster.
- Plan your approach.
- Make sure after placement, you have enough space to move.
7- Add drama to your house:
You can keep things interesting by adding theme lighting, or finding inexpensive ideas to decorate your room. Adding cloth to your windows and doors will certainly spice up things. Heavy and bold curtains can be expensive. If you are on a tight budget, you can still find satisfaction after selecting lighter and more cheerful colors to use on your curtains.
8- The finishing touches: Make your own designs
You can add texture to your decoration by just sewing design patterns over your curtains, mattresses, or even pillows. Old pieces of furniture can be reused too. What more you can do, is add rugs to your room. Give a color makeover to your old furniture to go with your theme.
Decorating a home is not an easy job to do, but then again, it does not mean you have to hire an interior designer to work on your home. You can do it by yourself and you are left with something that you can take pride on. Go ahead. Start experimenting.