Decorating Your Home as A Reflection of Yourself
All homeowners or renters want to cultivate their spaces so they are restful spots, havens away from the world, that please them visually and reflect their tastes, travels, and experiences. Unfortunately, for many individuals, the process of translating that desire into a beautiful, comfortable home is a mystery. That confusion and uncertainty about where to start too often results in a haphazardly appointed space, primarily because of concerns about current trends and fashions. Luckily, home décor does not have to be a painful undertaking. By following a few steps and thinking through several decisions, you can have a house that is both lovely and personal.
Start With the Basics
Before you start internet shopping and sampling paint colors, plan your attack. Which rooms need your attention? Once you’ve created a list, prioritize them in order of importance to you. For example, if you love to cook, and you have a cold, dark, outdated kitchen, redecorating that room would be at the top of your list. Once you’ve prioritized, commit to working on one room at a time. It may be tempting to jump in and get it all done at once, but that is rarely the best method. Think about all the purposes your selected room serves. Do you have the necessary furniture for those purposes? What would you need? Make a preliminary list of big ticket items you’ll need. Finally, settle on a budget. Without this crucial step, you are highly likely to overspend and wind up in debt.
Know Your Style
This is the step in the process that can be the most fun or the most frustrating, depending on your personality. Do a little research on various styles of home design and décor. Perhaps you already know what you like, but most people are not quite sure of what they want. Fortunately, with all the internet sites and blogs devoted to this subject, you have no shortage of material. On the other hand, if you’re naturally indecisive or very particular, this step can be long and arduous. A relatively new site, Pinterest, is an excellent resource. Gather a bunch of inspiration pictures, and have a vision of what your ideal room would look like. Just remember—be flexible!
Now Comes The Shopping
Keeping your budget and list of needed furniture from step one in mind, begin searching around for good deals. There is a plethora of places to search outside the traditional furniture stores. With the advent of the Internet, you can order from stores that are not located anywhere near your home. Furthermore, you can visit online auction sites to try your hand at winning furniture, rugs, and accessories. If you’re the patient type, you would do well to haunt local thrift stores, consignment shops, and mass discount retailers. Even your local Goodwill or Salvation Army can yield treasures to those willing to hunt for them. Remember – don’t forget accessories!
A Word Of Caution
Particularly if you enjoy design and décor, or if you’re a frugal shopper, you might be tempted to purchase items that are a great deal but aren’t exactly right for your space. Be ruthless! The last thing you want is a bunch of clutter that clouds your decorating vision. Before you buy any piece, especially accessories, ask if it matches your overall picture of what you desire your room to be. If the answer is yes, ask if you can afford it and still have enough money to complete your design. If it’s still positive and you still want the item, ask yourself where it would go. If you can’t immediately think of a place for the piece, acknowledge its beauty and return it to the shelf. It may be momentarily painful, but you’ll thank yourself later when you’re enjoying your beautiful room.