Do you long to redecorate your home? If you’ve been looking at all the interior trends for 2020 and feel inspired to make some changes to your current décor, you can start making plans to reimagine your home.
However, before you begin it’s worth having an idea of the good and bad elements of decorating so that you know what to look out for. To help point you in the right direction, here’s a roundup of the dos and don’ts to keep in mind while decorating your home.
1. Do use textures
Whether you live in a compact apartment or a large house, having a mixture of textures can make a room interesting, especially if you have a neutral colour scheme. So, if you combine grey woolen throws with grey leather cushions, the clashing texture of the two lifts the décor, even though they’re the same colour.
2. Don’t add small items to a big space
If you’re redecorating a large space, think carefully about the accessories you’re including. Small paintings and other art pieces will be lost on big walls, so it’s worth considering the area you’re trying to fill before hanging anything.
Similarly, rugs need to fill the room. The edges of the rug should sit just underneath your sofa or armchair by a few inches. If you have anything smaller, it can make your room appear to be out of proportion.
3. Do be clever with colour
If you have a small room, filling it with bold jewel tones might make it seem even smaller, especially if you spend time in there. However, adding a splash of hunter green in the downstairs toilet or a burst of yellow in the hallway can make your entire home feel colourful. This especially the case if the rest of the décor is fairly neutral as the bolder colours stand out more.
4. Don’t use white if you have children or pets
Mud, paint, and food are more likely to end up on walls and carpets when you have children or pets running around the house. Therefore, white is a colour that doesn’t work well as you spend a lot of time wiping everything down.
5. Do test colours
Once you have a colour palette in mind, it’s worth buying a selection of tester pots. Add a huge block of the colour you have in mind for the room to the wall so you can see what it looks like in the light and how it fits in the space.
6. Don’t go over your budget
Home decorating can be expensive, so you’ll need to budget for the updates you make and account for this expense. By shopping around and planning your finances, you’re more likely to stick to what you set out to spend.
What do you have in mind for your home? Will you add a splash of colour or invest in a new rug?