If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the thought of redecorating your living spaces, don’t worry, you are not alone!
Wallpaper or paint? Contemporary or modern? Minimalist or maximalist? Small wall prints or large? The endless decisions and creative options can be all too much, and it can be hard to know where to start.
So before going to war with a paintbrush, here are some tips to help you plan the perfect redecoration.
Start with an overall goal.
When considering whether to redecorate a space, it’s important to start with an overall goal.
You should consider how you want to use the space and your goals for that room or area.
Functionality is the keyword here! Think about what is the purpose of this room.
Do you need a place where people can relax and hang out? Or do you want somewhere quiet and private? If so, consider how often the room will be used and what design elements will help emphasise and incorporate your intention for that room.
Create a mood board.
A mood board is a collage of images, colours and textures that represents your design aesthetic. It can be one or many pieces of art and items you like to surround yourself with.
The purpose of creating a mood board is to give you an idea of the direction that you want to go with your decorating project.
Mood boards are helpful when deciding on colours, fabrics and textures because they allow you to see how they look together before making any purchases, saving you money and also giving you an overall direction or theme for the room.
It’s best to start creating your mood board on Pinterest by searching for inspiration from other rooms that have caught your eye in magazines or blogs.
Once you’ve found some photos that speak to you and your own personal taste, start pinning them into one board specifically for this purpose (you can make multiple boards if there are different areas in the house).
Decide on a colour palette and stick to it.
Starting out, it’s best to focus on one colour you love and then use a complementary shade for accents.
To choose a colour palette, look around your home and see what colours are already there! You may have chosen them yourself years ago—or maybe they were already there when you moved in—but they’ll be perfect for adding some cohesiveness to your new decorating scheme.
If the walls are neutral, consider choosing another neutral hue as your accent colour.
Find artwork that speaks to you.
When trying to redecorate, it can be tempting to go out and buy the most expensive piece of art you can afford. While this is one way of adding a personal touch, it’s not the only way.
Another way would be to get a piece of art that reflects your interests, personality, or both!
Maybe there’s something in your life that has meaning for you—a hobby, an interest in history or science, books on the subject matter (or even a great cover), etc.— this would make an excellent addition to any room in your home.
You don’t have to do it all at once! Take your time, and try some of these tips for help along the way.
The most important thing is to get started—not just with the decorating itself, but also by having fun with it. Redecorating can be stressful but rewarding; keeping this in mind, you’ll enjoy every minute of your home improvement project!