Redecorating Your Home? The First Step is to Plan it Out  

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Home improvement projects are a popular way for homeowners to fall in love with their homes again and potentially increase their property values. Redecorating your home can also be a sound decision if entering the real estate market doesn’t make financial sense and you’ve decided to stay in your current home until the time is right.

With the amount of time and money it takes to redecorate a home, however, it’s crucial to have a budget and a plan in place to help you avoid costly mistakes and to ensure that your home looks the way you expect it to when all it’s all said and done. These are the things to keep in mind as you create a plan for redecorating your home.

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Decide When and Where to Paint

One of the easiest ways to completely transform, modernize and refresh your home is by painting the area or room you want to redecorate. So before shopping for furniture, rugs or curtains, contact Ecopainting and request a consultation. They have decades of experience painting homes and businesses and will talk to you about your design goals, how to keep continuity with the rest of your home, trending paint colours and how to use colour in combination with the lighting and architecture in a room to achieve your desired look.

Wall colours act as a backdrop for every other design element in a space, so it doesn’t make sense to add shiny new furniture to a room with smudged and stained walls. Also, colours are one of the most important style elements in a home as they can impact how you feel. Having the right coloured walls painted by professionals are keys to reaping the increased property value and quality of life that come from redecorating your home.

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Have a Strategy for Redecorating Your Home

Once you’ve made the decision to redecorate your home, perform an inspection like you would if you were a potential homebuyer and take notes of what needs to be done and how urgently it’s needed.

When complete, rank each item in order of urgency to help you game plan your upgrades. You don’t necessarily have to finish each area before moving on to the next, but ideally, you want to complete urgent tasks in the areas of your home you spend the most time and where you entertain guests.

That being said, you may have to space out big-ticket purchases for budgetary reasons. It’s not a good idea to try and save money on furniture or appliances that you’ll be relying on heavily by purchasing low-priced, low-quality furnishings. Sofas, bedroom sets and dining tables will see a lot of usage, so spending the extra money on high-quality, durable options is an investment that can save you the costs to repair or replace lower-end alternatives down the road.

To save money when redecorating your home, look for ways to repurpose your current furniture before getting rid of it. For example, if you decide to purchase a new dining table, maybe you could paint or stain your current table and use it as a desk in your office. The same is true for furnishings available in secondhand stores and online marketplaces. If you’re diligent in checking back often and can see beyond how an item currently looks, you can find a diamond in the rough, put in a little elbow grease and add pieces to your décor for pennies on the dollar.

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Pick Design Styles That Suit Your Personality

How you decorate a space depends largely on your personal style and how you want to feel in that part of your home. So if you like the down-home feel of a country house kitchen, for example, look online for farmhouse-designed kitchens for inspiration. And if you prefer that your home office have plain walls, little furniture and maximal space to walk around in, then take a minimalist approach to designing it.

While there are numerous design styles decorators and homeowners use to guide their choices, your preferences could include a mix of different styles, so don’t feel that your home’s look must stay consistent throughout.

Another approach to decorating a space in your home is to base its style on a piece of furniture or some other foundational element that you love, and decorate around it in a way that makes it the focal point of the room.

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Know the Layout, Size and Dimensions of Each Space Before You Buy

Not only do you need to know if the sofa in the furniture store will fit along the living room wall you’re trying to fill, but you also need to know that it won’t block any windows because of its height. It’s also crucial to know the dimensions of the front door, back entrance and door of the space you’re furnishing to ensure you can get a piece into your home and where it needs to be. The best practice is to bring a tape measure and your floor plan when you buy new furniture.

It’s also helpful to know the precise measurements and dimensions of your space, such as:

  • The ceiling height.
  • Locations and dimensions of windows and doors.
  • Placements of vents and electrical outlets.

If you can, upload a copy of the floor plan to your phone during the planning stages of your home improvement project. On a side note, whenever you buy a new home, getting a copy of the floor plan is vital and should be done as soon as possible, as you won’t have access to your new home to take measurements until after the closing date.

Furniture and appliance deliveries can take a lot of time, and, unfortunately, supply chains have not yet recovered from the pandemic. Furniture retailers are still experiencing shipping and availability delays, which can result in much longer wait times than normal for you to receive your furniture. If you’re buying an essential piece or an appliance, don’t forget to ask the salesperson about the possibility of a delay and how long it could take. You might also want to check out the retailer’s online reviews to see if anyone has complained about delays in receiving their purchases.