Roll Up Those Sleeves, it’s National Decorating Month
Whether it’s painting, flooring, cabinets, or furnishings, we can’t put it off any longer. Let’s get stuck into a project around the house. April is National Decorating Month, and it’s the perfect time to spruce up your home.
Perhaps you’re planning a mega kitchen makeover, or just updating the hardware on your kitchen cabinets. Maybe you’re thinking of new flooring throughout, or finally getting around to repairing that chip on the bathroom floorboards that’s been bugging you. Do you have those paint charts, floor samples, and interior magazines at the ready?
Well, not so fast! Before you commit to a change around the house, we’ve got some pro tips for decorating success.
- Think long-term
With a bamboozling array of choices out there for walls and floors, it’s easy to get carried away. Fashions come and go, however, investing in your home should be something that will last.
While we salute creativity and bold statements, we advise caution. Paint a portion of the wall before committing to a paint can. Bring home kitchen countertop and cabinet swatches. See flooring samples in the natural light of your home to ensure a clever choice.
- Think blending
You need to be mindful of what’s already in place before you make any decorating decisions. Harmony between walls and floors gives a coordinated look.
For example, when choosing floors, bear in mind the color of the walls and furnishings. When choosing kitchen hardware, cabinets and countertops, make sure that the style doesn’t clash with the rest of the house.
- Think practical
Sure, it looks amazing in the magazine, but is your new décor going to withstand your lifestyle? An immaculate white carpet is glamorous but won’t last five minutes with kids and pets. Instead, consider something that’s going to stand the test of time such as waterproof vinyl flooring.
White walls also give a fresh feel but are notoriously hard to keep clean, and soon show scuff marks and fingerprints from traffic in and out of the room.
- Think value
There’s only one thing we love more than a decorating blitz and that’s seeing people sticking to their decorating budget. Yes, it’s possible and yes, you can have quality and value.
For example, many people who have their heart set on hardwood go for laminates instead because it looks so close to natural wood and gives the same look, yet it’s so affordable.
Avoid the big box stores that pass the overhead costs of giant warehouses and stock inventory on to you.
- Think room size
We’ve all made the same mistake: buying furniture that doesn’t fit or suit a room. We’ve also been guilty of opting for dark wall or floor colors in a small room, making the walls close in, or cold colors for a large room, making it feel bland.
When choosing new flooring, a good rule of thumb is that large, wide rooms suit warm colored floors such as walnut, giving a cozy feel. Small rooms benefit from light, natural flooring colors such as light oak, as it opens up the space.
Let’s get started!
We’re excited to talk about you’re your decoration plans so let’s chat about color, style, and texture. It’s all about updating your home’s look and feel, freshening up, getting creative, and making a statement.
Doesn’t your home deserve to look its best? If you need an honest opinion, just give us a call or come to our showroom for inspiration.