2013 is well and truly upon us along with it all the New Year’s resolutions we all make every year. Do you want to drop two dress sizes? Quit smoking? Or take up a new hobby? How about undertaking a DIY interior decorating project for your house? If you have just bought or built a new home, you have a blank canvas at your fingertips to put your mark on, but before you start, make sure you are prepared. To help you tackle your interior design project here are some tips to get you started:
One at a time
While you may have grand plans for the full interior of your house it’s important to start with one room at a time. You can be full of energy and enthusiasm at the beginning of the project but it can become very energy-zapping to paint walls and install taps, so make sure you take it easy and follow through with the full interior design of a room before tackling the next.
Function or Fashion?
The chandelier in the middle of the bathroom might look great but is it really functional? It’s important to remember to have a functional home and not just a fashionable fun-house. All your furniture should serve a purpose instead of being a decoration, unless of course you have all the space (and money) in the world. If that’s the case, please go nuts!
Colours of the Rainbow
Choosing the colours to paint your walls should be one of the first tasks you do when starting your interior design project. Lighter colours will open up the room and make it seem more spacious and airy, whereas darker shades will make for a cosier feel. You can also include a feature wall in a different colour to compliment the furniture without making the whole room too sombre. Just remember to always swatch the colour on the walls first so you have a visual representation of the final product.
While all your furniture should have practical value, your accessories can be fairly useless and just add a special touch of colour or sentimental value. Choose rugs, vases, pillows, shower curtains and artwork that reflects who you are as a person and what you love. Accessories make a house so much more fun and they’re great for tying everything together in a room so it looks finished.
Decorating your home can be great fun and doesn’t have to be a monumental task. Just make sure you plan ahead and take it one step at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed (or blow your budget).
Julie works for Ideal Homes, a Perth based company specialising in house designs, and house and land packages.