It doesn’t matter whether you have just purchased a fixer upper to renovate or whether you are looking to give the interior of your current humble abode a little bit of a facelift, you will want to make sure that the colour schemes, decor and themes that you choose are bang on trend. Embarking on a new interior design can be daunting as we are not all blessed with a creative eye and even fewer of us can transpose what we see in our mind’s eye into a reality. That plaid carpet alongside floral wallpaper seemed like a good idea but in reality, can look like a hodgepodge of chaotic patterns. Take a look at these home renovation hacks that will ensure that your pad looks chic, smart and has a high quality finish.
While they may sound like something you are told to create for GCSE Art coursework, mood boards can be the ideal way of seeing how a design may look in real life. Pair together colours, patterns, textures and soft furnishings. By constructing a large A2 mood board for each room, you can explore different themes, patterns and furniture ideas. If you are a fan of all things vintage, explore mixing modern and old, source some quirky items from charity shops or car boot sales and use them as the basis for a room’s interior. It is not unheard of for a living room design to be based upon an achingly cool retro 1970s geometric patterned Scandinavian rug.
When renovating, it’s all too easy to want to get stuck in without a second thought for the necessary preparation. Make sure that you use masking tape to create crisp lines between your walls and cornice, window frames and skirting boards when painting. There’s nothing worse than bleeding paint creating a low quality and shoddy finish.
If you are installing a new staircase, don’t forget to source adequate stair nosings for a high quality finish and for safety. With skirting boards, add some beading if you can see a gap between the bottom of the boards and your flooring. These tiny little areas that require those all-important finishing touches will start to grate on you if you leave them to linger for too long. If you are sitting on your new recliner sofa in your freshly renovated living room, watching one of your favourite box sets only to see splatters of paint on your skirting board, you will become frustrated and start to resent your home makeover efforts.
In the same way as some people are born tone deaf or without any sense of rhythm, some of us simply cannot spot an interior design trend if it is standing right in front of us. There’s no shame in asking for help. Plenty of interior designers work on small domestic projects to help homeowners realise their dreams of a show home look, a classic minimalist design or a more eclectic blend of retro chic. Get the pros in and work with them to create your dream home.
It doesn’t matter if you are redecorating your entire dwelling or just a room or two, heed this advice to ensure that your renovation has the highest quality finish possible.
*This is a collaborative post.