With so much advice out there about decorating the home these days, it can be hard to sift through it all. There are dozens of must-do’s and rules, but which ones should be disregarded. And which ones should be seriously listened to? Here are four house decorating rules that you should never underestimate.
The importance of a budget
Planning on decorating your house and just spending as you go? Stop right there!
Decorating without a budget is a sure-fire way to overspend. You’ll buy things you don’t need, or have actually already bought. You’ll spend more where you needn’t have bothered, or buy the wrong items.
Never underestimate the power of a well-thought-out budget. It won’t just do wonders for how much you spend. It will also guide what you do and don’t buy. 20 paintbrushes on special offer might seem like a great deal, but if you’re planning on wallpapering every wall? It’s just a waste of money that could be spent buying better quality items or services instead.
The skills of professional decorators
We all know that one person who is convinced they’re an amazing decorator. And yet… they’re not! Don’t be that person. Respect painters and decorators for the skills that they have. They bring a level of knowledge to the table that you just can’t get without experience and practice. They’ll give you warnings that you hadn’t even considered, and bits of advice you’ll be super impressed by.
Better still, hire an Artisan Painter & Decorator. That way you can expect bespoke designs and hand-finishes. Hey, if you’re going to go all out in one area of your life, it might as well be your beloved house!
The importance of light
Dark and dingy homes and rooms are a nightmare for a number of reasons. They can make the interiors and furnishings unappealing and dull. You could be putting unnecessary strain on yours and your families eyes. And if you try to sell in the future, potential buyers might be really put off.
When decorating, if the choice is between increasing the amount of light, keeping it the same or reducing it, always pick increasing. Always! Good lighting can make a room look completely different, whether that be larger, warmer or just more inviting.
The fact that colour can be off-putting
It seems like you can’t get away from people saying ‘Don’t paint your home in bright colours if you ever want to sell it’! However, these people are saying it for good reason. When house-buyers view a home, excessive colour on the walls and in the furnishings can be really off-putting. So much so they might even take your house out from the running and go and look elsewhere.
If you do love bright colours, contain them to just a feature wall or to furnishings that can be changed. There are a few rooms in the house you can go wild in, however. Children’s bedrooms and nurseries can be free-for-all. However, neutral, non-offensive colourings are a wise investment for your home in the long run.