Your Home Decorating Project

By Jeannette Hounjet

We are creative beings who love to explore, imagine and dream big. Although following our intuition can sometimes lead to inspired results, there are times when a little organization goes a long way. Here are some tips and tricks to ensure your dream project has the right foundation for developing and executing your vision to perfection.

When starting a home decorating project, it is important to have a goal in mind and a clear idea of what you like and what you want, otherwise things can easily get sidetracked. You should begin with a plan, an inspiration piece and a color scheme.

1. Define your style

Take some time to pour over all of your decor magazines or check out a favourite decorating site like Pinterest or Houzz, if you’re not sure of what you like, find out which style makes your heart smile and incorporate those elements into this project.

2. Put things on paper

It is important to write your plan down, make a list of stuff you want to accomplish with this project. Setting goals, priorities and even a timeline can be helpful, once it’s down in writing, you’ll be a lot more likely to stick with it.

3. Set a budget

How much money do you have to spend on this project? Having $500 vs. $5000 makes a big difference on where and how you will find the items you need. If you have a smaller budget, you can always make your project more affordable and manageable by breaking it into stages. 

4. Work with what you have

More often than not, we have great items around our home that we can reuse and repurpose into functional, original and even sentimental home decorations. Think outside the box, anything has a potential to be up-cycled. 

5. Decide on a focal point

Depending on which room you plan to re-decorate the focal point will be different. In a living room it might be a favourite painting, but if your project is set int he bathroom, it might be that fantastic wallpaper you fell in love with at the fancy hotel you stayed in. 

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6. Start small, go slowly and make adjustments, as needed

Things may look a lot different once they are in your space than what you had imagined. Start with samples and go from there. Check return policies before making purchases. Don’t be in a rush! good design takes time.

7. Save shopping for last

Since this is the most fun part of decorating, many do this first. Not only will you have to find a place to store your purchases until you have finished the project, but buying too early can hurt your budget. If you notice your budget escalating, scale things back and find creative ways to get the things you need.