Anyone out there feeling that 2013 went by a little too fast for them to sort all the interior revamp jobs they were hoping to arrange at home will no doubt be wondering whether they’ll have more luck completing their to-do list come 2014.
Meanwhile, lots of us will have New Year’s resolutions, including interior design pledges, for 2014 – even if we didn’t have any home revamps in mind last year.
Here are just a few tips that could help you make sure your desired 2014 interior change happen, rather than staying on the drawing board.
Set aside time
Time is something none of us really have enough of, but it’s true that if you want to get a room re-painted, for example, you’re either going to have to have the hours it will take to get it done, or the cash to get someone else in to help.
And even if you get a reputable decorator to do the work for you, you’ll likely still need to get around to finding who and arranging when they will do the work.
Time can be a big enemy when it comes to getting home changes made. A lot of us only have a couple of days off per week, after all.
If you feel like that’s not enough time to make the home changes you want to, why not consider taking the odd day off before or after a weekend, and using the three days of space this may create to paint, wallpaper or redecorate in other ways?
Using the free time you do have well is another must. When you’re sat at home after work, why not take out your interiors mags, your laptop and a notepad, and have an interior planning sesh?
You can research items you might need for your revamp online, giving yourself a dedicated hour or two for the task. You can also make a clear list of what needs doing, something you’ll be able to use to track your progress.
Why not look at sites like Curtains & Curtains, which has a great Bedrooms Sets section (you can find it here) and lots of lush products to choose from?
Setting priorities about which rooms to change when is a really good way to increase the feeling of progress.
For example, you might want to prioritise rooms based on which you feel are most in need of changes. But also consider things like how much time you spend in a room.
Arguably, if somewhere you are a lot, like a living room, needs big changes in your eyes, then the impact on your life of having the changes made would be bigger than if you were to revamp a room you hardly use.
Then again, if revamping an unused room would mean it’s suddenly far more useful to you, that could well be worth prioritising!
Interior design is fun! We all know it, so why not embrace it, and push forward progress on revamp-planning by making it as fun as possible? For example, you could have a night with friends where you talk through your ideas, and they share their own interior style plans.
You could even make a mood board featuring design inspirations to show your friends, and get their feedback!
Although fun is important, remember that any DIY task should be taken seriously for best results, and to help save yourself from having to do things again because they failed the first time. Be sure you know what you’re doing, and if you don’t, get an expert to either show you, or do the job for you.