5 Things You Should Know Before Decorating Your Home

By on September 19, 2017

Determine what you want and need before you hire a decorator otherwise, you’re just going to get a lot of questions you’re unsure of the answers—yet. Yes, your decorator will help you find the answers but wouldn’t it be better if you know what you want rather than say “yes” to everything they recommend? 

Regardless if you’re working with a decorator or doing it on your own, you should have a concrete vision of what you want, need, and even dislike. Surely, you want to come home to a home that shows your personality and gives you comfort with a balanced amount of style, don’t you?

Before you pin hundreds of home design and decor inspiration on your Pinterest board and look up life-changing tips and tricks and lifehacks to better your storage and organization, here are some basics you ought to know before decorating your home.

Know what you really like

Are you more into eccentricity, maximalism, luxury home, bohemian, or nordic-inspired styles? If your eyes swoon for more than one style, you can opt to have one style for the living spaces and another for your bedroom. The point is: find your style.

If you’re not yet sure of which style you prefer and better suit your interests and likes, a professional stylist should help you find it out. Aside from flipping through magazines and exploring on Pinterest, another thing that should help you discover your style is through movies. Have you ever watched a movie and thought “Wow, I’d love to have that color palette/style/bedroom or living room ambiance in my home.” Movies that should give you serious design inspiration are The Great Gatsby or any of Wes Anderson’s films.

Decide on your budget

Before you splurge on a coffee table, make sure that you have a concrete and enough budget for everything you’ll need; and set a limit for certain furniture and appliances. For instance, do you really need a $250 coffee table if a hand-me-down from a friend or your grandparents would be fine?

Unless you have unlimited cash, you’ll find it difficult to style your home that won’t break the bank without a budget set in mind. Know where to splurge and where to save: splurge on quality furniture and appliances that will last a long time and save on pieces you wouldn’t mind buying them on thrift stores or cheap such as side tables and decorative knickknacks—while keeping your limited budget in mind.

God didn’t create everything in one day

So don’t try to do everything all at once and don’t worry about it taking you a week or a month to have everything polished and well-set. It takes a lot of time and investment to build and shape your home. Don’t hurry the process otherwise you’ll come home to a mediocre-styled space that looks unbalanced and rushed. Take as much time as you need to develop the home envision into a reality.

Don’t buy anything you have no use for yet 

We know how tempting it can be to buy furniture and organizational tools and storages ahead of your move-in date. However time-saving it seems to be, there’s a good chance you’ll end up having no use for those bins and containers, or lack available space for the additional miscellaneous table you bought impulsively.

Before you set foot to a store, know what you need at least before you stroll around and just buy anything you laid your eyes on. You’ll thank yourself later.

Focus on one project at a time 

This has been a huge lesson for me, and one I’ve still not fully mastered. But I’m serious when I suggest focusing on one project at a time. It’s good for your house and for your sanity. I’m the master of starting several projects only to leave them in progress for weeks. So instead of doing as I do, try to break your projects down into small pieces and complete one piece before you move onto the next. This will help you see some actual progress and save you from living in a state of renovations for months.

Keep your head focused on one project at a time rather than tackling multiple at once. Save yourself some sanity and the stress of working on different house project at the same time. Focus and complete one project first, only then can you move onto the next. This will help you give your full attention to what’s at hand.

Home decorating is not an easy feat. you may think you can do it all on your own but when the project is before your eyes, it can be overwhelming. So know where to start and what to do before you delve into it. Good luck on transforming your home!

About the author: Chie Suarez spends her downtime pinning home decor finds on Pinterest. She also writes for Wincrest Bespoke, a home builder in Sydney that is created for those who seek more than just a luxury home.


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