Achieving the look of a professionally designed home is perfectly possible for those willing to commit. There is, of course, much more to being a designer than simply rushing out, buying your favorite looking things and hastily arranging them throughout your house. Below are some tips to get budding designers started.
Plan, Plan, Plan
This is one of the main things that separates a designer from the rest of us; they take a lot of time beforehand to plan out the aesthetic of a room before they even think about where to buy supplies. You should try to keep impulse buying to a minimum and try to stick to what you decide. The best way for us to learn how to do something right is to do it wrong, so don’t be afraid of mistakes.
Invest in the Right Equipment
This is particularly important if you’re looking to go beyond just designing and redecorating and are considering making serious renovations to a property. Again, planning is crucial here, if you know someone who has experience in this area, then consult them on what you’ll need to complete any renovations you’re planning. Prepare to familiarize yourself with pieces of equipment you’d never heard of before. If you don’t know what double retractable lanyards are, for example, then now is the time to learn.
Attention to Detail
The mark of a true designer is their attention to detail and the consideration they give to even seemingly innocuous parts of the house. From painting the interior of closets to adding wallpaper to the back of shelves, a true designer puts the work in to areas other people wouldn’t think to. You should also try your best to avoid the trap that so many of us fall easily into of covering up our laziness by blocking it from view rather than going the extra mile to do the job right. As a designer, you can’t afford to be that lazy.
Work Within Your Budget
Renovating and redecorating need not be expensive affairs, and you need not complete everything you plan in one sitting, it’s fine to spread it out over several jobs and months. There are plenty of tricks available to eagle eyed designers looking to make a big difference for a little money. By simply hanging artwork or even your own photographs, you can instantly transform a space without having to spend a fortune on a full renovation. Instead of buying a whole new chair, you could try your hand at reupholstering an existing one. If you want to save money on paint, try only painting the door of a room rather than the walls to reflect the intended tone and character. These are just some of the ways you can bring down costs without sacrificing your vision.
Whatever your circumstances or previous experience, it is never too late to enter the world of home design and renovation. The only limit on what you can do is your own imagination, and as long as you take your time and don’t rush into anything beyond your capabilities, you should find it a relaxing, rewarding and, above all, enjoyable experience.