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How to Plan Your New Home Decorating Project

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If you’re tired of your current home décor and think it might be time for something new, there are plenty of great ways to spruce up your home. You can start with something as small as changing the paint color in a specific room in your house and go all the way to adding or replacing furniture. Starting a home decorating project can be equal parts exciting and scary. 

On the one hand, you get an excellent opportunity to allow your unique personality to shine through in your decorative choices. On the other hand, a mistake with your décor strategy can be expensive, and time consuming. If you’re new to the world of homeownership, or you haven’t tackled a decoration project yourself in the past, then you might need a little guidance to help make the process feel as streamlined and straightforward as possible. Here’s what you need to know to get started.

Start with a Budget

It’s easy to get carried away with a world of ideas and exciting options when you start exploring decorative themes on sites like Instagram and Pinterest. Unfortunately, the reality is you’re likely to only have a certain amount of cash to spend on your new home décor project. Start by asking yourself how you’re going to pay for your upgrades. Are you going to be able to afford everything from your savings, or are you planning on saving up for a while until you have all the money you need? If you’re in a hurry to get the job done, you might consider looking into a personal loan as a way of spreading out the costs over a few months or years. Whatever your strategy might be, it’s always a good idea to start with a solid understanding of what you can afford. 

 Empty room with white walls and wooden floor

Decide on Your Focus Room

Even if you’re planning on changing various parts of your house at once, you’ll need to start somewhere. Don’t make the mistake of trying to do everything at the same time, otherwise you’re more likely to end up with unfinished projects and a huge amount of stress. Ask yourself which parts of your home are in the most desperate need of love. You might like the idea of redecorating your spare bedroom, but if no one is going to be staying in it for a while, you might find it’s more important to focus on your living room instead. Once you’ve chosen your focus room, you can start to explore potential design options and themes which suit your personal style. There websites online to help you find your design style, including Pinterest and specific home décor blogs. 

Put a Plan on Paper

Once you’ve decided on your focus room, and you know what kind of style you’re going to focus on, you can start to really plan. It’s a good idea to start with what you’ve got for the most part. Not everyone can start with a fresh and empty room and start decorating from scratch. With that in mind, it’s best to look for ways of incorporating your new style with what you have already. Think about any decorative pieces you might have that you’ll want to work around, or specific changes you want to make which might guide the rest of your décor strategy. If you’re changing the wallpaper, you could keep a neutral-colored bed in your bedroom but create a stunning accent wall to match your new décor choice. Putting a plan on paper will help you to work out how the various aspects of your design are going to work effectively together. 

Seek Out the Right Support

Finally, don’t just rush into a home décor project assuming you can do everything yourself. While some tasks will be manageable, like painting your rooms or changing the wallpaper in some cases, you may need to pay for experts to come in and handle some changes, like carpentry, or making changes to the light fittings in your home if you’re uncertain. Knowing what kind of specialist help and support you might need for the décor project you’re choosing can help you to plan how much more accurately you’re going to be spending on this new project. This should stop you from running into any accidents along the road when you try to tackle complex tasks on your own too.