If you have always lived with your parents then the chances are that you will have rarely done any interior design other than choosing your wall paint and the bed sheets you want. Therefore moving into your own home and having the opportunity to fully decorate it can be as intimidating as it is exciting.
In order to help you on your way we have compiled a strategy that should see you don’t take any factors for granted and help you create an interior that you will be proud of.
Make A Mood Board
Chances are you will have been taught to do these types of things at school but you should never underestimate the idea of putting all your influences and thoughts down on paper. All you have to do is compile photographs, samples, paint colors, sketches and anything else that you think represents the style you want to create. Doing this will help you see what works more clearly and help you paint a fuller picture before you jump in at the deep end of decorating.
Keep Track of Finances
After you have created a mood board it is also a good idea to list all the tasks you are going to be undertaking and cost them up. If you are totally redecorating a room then chances are this will include flooring, lighting, furniture and window treatments. Get estimates from businesses and suppliers to see how much you can expect to be paying and to help you stick to your budget. Getting your friends or family to help is often a cheaper alternative than paying someone to do so and all it requires you to do is by them a thank you present.
Know What To Prioritize
When people do interior design they tend to start with the easiest tasks, this generally isn’t the best idea as then the job seems to get progressively harder and more complicated. Knowing how to prioritize the work is important and the last thing you want to do is realize that you have to undo something you have already finished because you mucked up the order. Interior design is often thought of like a cooking recipe, you must do certain things before others to make a successful end result.
Actually Doing The Work
It can be difficult to get these types of jobs done quickly, not only because you want to ensure they are done properly but because you can also get distracted and not want to spend all your free time slaving away painting walls. One of the best solutions is to set aside some time to really get stuck into the work and get the bulk of it done without having any excuses not to. If you haven’t done DIY before then you might not know what to expect but by having one or two friends on board it can make the experience more fun and a lot quicker too.