Five things you need to know before you redecorate your home
Planning your decorating approach
If you’ve got a blank canvas, it’s time to start planning what you’d like to do. If you’re working with a small space, there are some tricks to make the most out of your area. For example, paint a large piece of furniture white and add a pop of colour behind it. Or, if you’re looking to change the whole feel of a room, try painting one wall in a bright colour and another in a dark tone.
Once you know where you want to go, it’s time to choose your palette. Pick three warm tones and three cool tones. You’ll probably end up choosing five different shades; just pick the ones that work best together. Remember, too, that darker colours tend to recede while lighter hues stand out. Start with the biggest items in the room, such as baseboards, crown moulding and doors. As you move down to smaller areas, keep in mind that you can always come back later and touch up smaller spots.
How are you going to protect your belongings?
Try as we might; redecorating always makes a mess! Paint splashes end up in hard-to-reach places, and the dust gets everywhere. Before you start your redecorating journey, you might want to consider how you are going to protect your belongings. The last thing you want is to have a new and refreshed home, only to find that your perfect sofa or coffee table is damaged from your decorating.
If you want to protect your items, we suggest you put them into short-term Oxford self-storage facilities. Not only is this a cost-effective way to store your items, but you can store them for as little time as you need to redecorate your home!
Bounce the light around your rooms
Light bounces off surfaces like glass, wood, metal and even concrete. If you want to brighten up a room, hang a mirror in every corner. Mirrors can make a space seem brighter because they bounce the sunlight around the room. But putting one in the wrong place can be almost as bad—as it can reflect too much light into the eyes of people sitting nearby.
Hang a mirror on the wall perpendicular to a window—not directly across from it, where it could bounce the light straight back out the window. This way, you’ll avoid reflections coming straight back at you. And don’t put a mirror over a skylight or a picture window; it can cause glare.
Don’t forget about your ceiling
The ceiling in all rooms is often overlooked because it is not the focal point of the room when you include furniture, lamps, blankets, etc., but it plays a major role in creating a cosy atmosphere. If you want to make sure your room looks great no matter what time of day it is, here are some ideas for decorating your ceiling that can help you achieve that goal.
Adding a subtle pattern using soft colours will help to visually lower your ceiling and give you a feeling of intimacy. Use stencil or wallpaper on the ceiling or focus on adding beams or decorative paint. This could add a touch of luxury and even increase the curb value of your home.
Finish your room with the decorative touch
Once you have painted all your walls and ceilings, touched up the gloss on all your woodwork and chosen the perfect furniture for your room, it’s time to add the finishing touches. Think about the artwork you would like displayed, whether you have family photos or you are opting for beautifully painted canvases. Simple plants will not only bring natural elements to your room but also health benefits.
Lastly, indulge yourself in beautiful cushions, linen, and fabrics to really bring your room together. Nothing says opulence and luxury more than some well-placed scatter cushions and soft, comfy blankets!