Tips to Help You Improve Absolutely Any Room in Your Home

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If you are looking to do a little bit of home decorating in order to spruce up the place in which you live, you will already know about the frankly ridiculous wealth of choices and options that lie in wait. You will have a lot of decisions to make!

And with so much at stake – after all, you don’t want an awful looking living room – you really do want to make sure that you get it right first hand. Sometimes, you’ll want to scrap everything and start over from scratch, while at others, you might be more interested in just improving a room in a small way.

Whatever it is that you’re after, you should know that there are some principles that all professional home designers will always follow, and for good reason: they work. Here are some of those principles; you can use them as you want in order to improve any room of your choosing!

Pick Paint Penultimately

So it might make sense from an effort required sort of standpoint to paint the walls first – after all, this will allow you to have it all ready for the furniture. There is a certain amount of logic there.

However, we are going to recommend that you do the exact opposite. Don’t worry; we’ve not gone mad! Here is the reason why you should paint last: you will get to see what the room looks like with all your furniture inside it, and can therefore pick the paint colour to match.

There are hundreds upon hundreds of different shades to choose from, and many of these will jar with your furniture. You can only get a good match once your room is laid out as you want it, so why not wait to pick a properly complementary colour?

The Right Height

You would be surprised at just how much difference a piece of art can make to a room. And it can make an even bigger difference if you hang it at the right height!

Take a leaf from an art gallery’s book, and hang your paintings with the centre at eye level – the centre line should be roughly 5 feet from the floor. Even if you have tremendously high ceilings, keep the pictures at this level; it will look much better.

Hocus Pocus with Focus

Having a single focal point in your living room can really work a bit of magic. Your focal point will act as an anchor, drawing all eyes to it and lending its aesthetic powers to the rest of the room.

There are plenty of options here. Think of a major piece of artwork or a beautiful fireplace in the living room, but don’t feel confined: the choice is always yours. And you needn’t stick to the living room either – a fancy headboard can work wonders in the bedroom, or a centrepiece cooker in the kitchen. Think big!

Huge Mistakes We’re All Guilty of Making When Painting

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When you’re looking for a way to brighten up the place a little, there is often no better option than to simply give the room a new coat of paint – literally. And for the most part, it is a pretty simple job. It’s certainly easier than the majority of renovation tasks, let’s put it that way!

However, there are some mistakes that can be made. And some of these are a lot more common than others. Here are some of those that nearly all of us can admit to making once in a while, and how to avoid them yourself.

Not Doing the Proper Prep Work

This is probably the most common mistake out of the lot, and that is simply because prep work often seems like a chore, and even more often seems kind of, well… pointless. Unfortunately for everyone involved, the prep work needed when repainting a room is entirely necessary, so here’s how you go about it.

Clean off the walls before you start. Make sure they’re completely dry. Get rid of any dust and use masking tape to protect everything you don’t want painted – light switches, skirting boards, door frames. Cover the floors and furniture with sheets, then you can start with a coat of primer. Once all of that is done, you can make a start on the proper painting.

Using Super Cheap Tools

When it comes to tools, you get what you pay for – up to a point, at least. Look, we’re not recommending you run out and spend a few hundred on a paint brush and that you use paint with flecks of gold leaf, but we are telling you to avoid cheaping out and buying the least expensive tools around.

Everyone knows that good paint gives good results. That much is obvious. But if you really want a nice finish, you’ll have to pay a premium for your applicators too. This way, you can avoid unsightly errors like smudges and errant paint brush bristles. Trust us, it will be more than worth the extra expense.

Not Doing Your Research

Although this is, in a way, a form of prep work, we do feel that it is important enough to warrant giving it a separate space in this article, and we’ve put it in the final spot on the list to really emphasise its importance: try your paint before you buy.

No, really – try it out! If you aren’t willing to take some samples home and do the extra leg work, you are signing yourself up for disaster. Buy a few small tester pots of the different shades of paint you really like, then paint a large piece of board for each colour. Hang them in the room for a day or two – this will allow you to see exactly how the colour looks all throughout the day.

If you want to make sure the colour is right for you, this is the best way. It’s certainly better than buyer’s remorse two weeks down the line!