Decorating Strategy For Your Home
It could even be that you intend to redecorate every room in the property, including fitting a new kitchen and bathroom suite. Whilst we understand the urge to get busy making the changes; it is advisable to sit back and do a little careful planning first.
The first step to take is to have a look at your finances and work out exactly how much money you have available to spend. If you have moved into a larger property, with a bigger mortgage, then don’t forget that you don’t have as much disposable income as you are accustomed to. Now decide which rooms need decorating and what items you require to achieve the desired look. Do a little browsing online and work out a rough price for each item and room as a whole.
The question now is; do you have a big enough budget to update every room that needs some work? If the answer is no, you must decide which rooms are priority. Many homeowners will feel that the bathroom and/or kitchen are the ones that they would most like to tackle first. This also makes sound practical sense, as moving items such as bathroom suites, counter tops and kitchen cupboards, can often lead to scuffs on doorframes and walls in other rooms and hallways. Start work on the most important room first and do not let yourself be distracted by other rooms until it is complete. Otherwise you are likely to end up starting several rooms, without every seeming to finish them off. It is much more satisfying to get each room looking perfect, then moving onto the next.
There is no way of avoiding disruption in the home whilst you are updating your decor. However, there are ways to minimise the disruption and ensure that your property is still liveable as work is carried out. Obviously, working on one room at a time will go some way to achieving this. Another great move can be to decide which furniture items you can make do without for a few weeks and place them in a self storage facility. This will prevent clutter throughout the home and leave you more space to manoeuvre the remaining furniture. As a result, any wallpapering and painting will be easier to complete and you also negate the chances of furniture being damaged by stray paint, paste, muck and dust. Storage units can be rented on a short term basis and you could even rotate the items that you have in storage, as you work your way through the house.
With safety in mind
The last, but certainly most important factor to consider, is the safety of those in the home. Utilising offsite storage should mean that you have enough space to arrange your belongings so that they are not laid about in the hallway and landing areas. If you do have some items in these areas, be sure that they are neatly lined up with no corners sticking out, thus reducing the chances of someone tripping. Avoid stacking boxes too high to prevent children pulling them on top of themselves. Boxes with lighter contents should always be stacked on top of heavier ones. Children are naturally inquisitive and especially so when it comes to tools. So make sure that your supervise children at all times during decorating, putting tools out of reach at the end of the day and during breaks. Where possible it can be a good idea for one of the parents to take the children out for the day whilst decorating takes place - or perhaps ask a family member to look after them. It certainly provides a better environment to work in and one person left alone can often get more done than two people who are also trying to keep an eye on their children.