Today’s guest post has some great tips if you are starting out on your decorating journey, or even if you’re looking for some fresh inspiration. Enjoy!
My obsession with redecorating stems from a love of The Sims, where I had far more interest in creating the houses than guiding my digital families through life’s ups and downs.
I would spend hours in front of the computer screen picking out the perfect wallpaper and choosing the best furnishings – and I still do the same, but in real life!
Having recently moved house I thought I’d impart a few words of wisdom on redecorating a new home. While it’s tempting to get straight to the good stuff, it’s important to refrain (hide the moodboards if you must) and start from scratch.
House View Checklist
Before you make a start on a juicy new project – or move in, at that – you should take a good look at the house. I stumbled across this comprehensive checklist which is designed so you don’t miss a trick when you take your first look at a potential new home. In the majority of cases, things need to be in working order before you dig out the overalls and unpack the paintbrushes and a great way to ensure you check this thoroughly is to take a checklist with you.
The checklist, which was created by Everest, comes highly commended because it includes a number of things that might have otherwise been easily missed, such as whether there is a problem with water pressure and whether all the fixtures are securely attached.
Priorities and Perfection
Different things take priority at different times; for example if you are moving in over winter you should make sure the windows are insulated and in good condition. If they’re not but you love the house, you can update them with double glazing to ensure your family are happy and comfortable in your new home.
Not everything has to be perfect before you move in. For example, if you are dying to get your hands on the garden and transform it from a simple lawn into a lush green haven, it doesn’t matter too much whether the decking is rotting around the edges as you’ll be replacing it soon anyway.
Where, What, When
The dining room might be crying out for your magic touch, but how often will you actually use this room? If you are planning on revamping most of the house, start with high traffic rooms that get the most use such as the living room, kitchen and bedrooms.
Only then should you let your creative juices flow free and let the fun begin with paint colours, wallpaper, furnishings and accessories!
This post is in association with Everest