Redecorating Your Home: Initial Planning Tips

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Redecorating your home

If you’re planning to redecorate your home in the near future, it’s important to have a plan set out, not only for a design but also which manufacturers you want to use, and how much you want to spend.

We’ve put together some tips for the main rooms in your home, to help you get started.


Start looking at colour swatches for each room, and consider how you want it to look – a matte effect usually looks better in a living room, but many people still like the gloss effect for a more classic look.

Decide which items and ornaments you want to keep, as you may find you can build up a theme based on pieces you already have.

If you’re having a painter and decorator in to do it, it’s especially useful to have a colour sheet and even a colour palette prepared, as they may be able to give you some more design ideas based on that.


Important from a design point of view, your choice of material for areas like the bathroom cupboards or bedroom furniture is vital.

A good wooden bed will generally see you in far better stead than a metal one, for example, but make sure you test your options for comfort and creakiness!

Showrooms are always a good way to check the materials you might want to consider, as are other people’s reviews – forums like this are a good place to start.

Ensure that what you pick up is durable enough to withstand daily use by the whole family. In particular, always check that the backs of cupboards and drawers are made from a solid, hardy material, not particleboard, as this can break almost instantly.


Your choice of manufacturer is especially important in the kitchen, as you’ll want to be sure that you get the very best appliances that you can.

Again, the best way is to take a look around showrooms and do some heavy research for the best brands. Kitchens Kitchens, for example, is a blog dedicated to different reviews and news, definitely worth checking out.

When looking out for any furniture always look at reviews about delivery and customer service, too, as chances are you’ll be dealing with these companies for a while!

As a final tip, we recommend you keep as close to your original budget as you possibly can. It’s tempting to splash out, but set a realistic amount before you start, and you’ll already be well on your way to your dream home without any surprise costs!

***This post is in association with Wren Kitchens***

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