Feeling that it’s time to have a home makeover is exciting; there are so many options to look through, so many different ideas that you can incorporate into your home. However, if you rush headlong into this new renovation without the proper planning, you might have a problem and find that your original ideas just don’t work, or that your budget doesn’t stretch.
Planning A Home Makeover
It is ideal to plan and take home makeovers slowly, otherwise you may end up over budget or with changes you are not fond of.
Plan It On Paper
The main problem that people have when changing their home around is scale. They may think that a piece of furniture will fit in a room, but without actually measuring it, it’s impossible to tell for sure. If you buy something and it won’t fit through the door, or you find that it does go into the room but it’s far too big (or too small), it would be a shame.
Draw out the room complete with dimensions on a piece of paper, and then use that as a guide to determine what is going to fit, and what won’t. You could even have cut outs of the furniture (to scale) so that you can move them around and see where they will look best. Don’t forget to measure the doorway, too.
Clean Before Moving In The New Furniture
Before you move in the new furniture and décor, when the room is clear of furniture, having the room professionally cleaned is ideal. Contact professionals to come in and deep clean your carpets, which can be found at companies like My Technicare, and dust thoroughly. You could even use this opportunity to wash the walls and repaint the radiators (if they need painting).
When measuring the rooms, check ceiling height, where the radiators sit (and how much room there is either side) and where the windows are as well. It is unlikely you will have a room that has four completely blank walls to work with, and some items such as light switches and sockets that can’t be moved easily will need to stay in place, so you must incorporate that into your new design.
Decide The Function of Each Room
You should also always consider what function each room is going to have. Is it, for example, a room to work in, or where you are going to relax and spend time with your family? Is it going to be a room with a TV in it, or a quieter room? Is it formal or casual? Making these determinations will help you to choose furniture that suits what you want to use the room for, and that means it will be used rather than bypassed (assuming you have somewhere else to sit) or used without pleasure (if you don’t).
Make An Idea Book
Before you start buying items to decorate your new room with, it’s good to know exactly what you want. Therefore, make an idea book where you can write down any thoughts you might have about the design, or where you can stick images from magazines or that you find online.
This will help you to narrow down your choices, and by looking through the book, you will see that there is a theme developing, whether that be style, color, or something else.
Remember also that if you live with someone else, they should have some input into the design of the room, so discuss it between yourselves before making a final decision.
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