Making home improvements is something that many of us enjoy doing every now and again. With an estimated £83 billion spent each year in the UK on home improvements of some sort, there is no surprise that if you are not doing work on your house, that someone you know most likely is!
After spending more time than ever indoors during lockdown, there was an increased interest in completing home interior improvements. At the same time, there could well be some people reading this who are about to begin their home improvement journey. If this is the case, you have found yourself in the right place.
To assist budding interior designers such as yourself, we have compiled a list below detailing some of the many helpful tips available when wanting to achieve the interior of your dreams. Whether you are planning a complete overhaul of the interior in your home or will simply change a few select details, we are confident that you will find something here that suits your design ideas and your budget.
Read on for some inspiration, and get ready to pick up that paintbrush!
1. Lighting: When choosing the lighting of a room, various factors should be considered, all of which could influence both the atmosphere of a room, but also the ambience. Making a note of how you want the room to feel before making a start on your home improvements is an ideal place to start. Do you want natural light to shine through some luxury blinds? Or would you prefer to create ambient mood lighting through lamps and other furniture items? Naturally, the choice is entirely up to you, but it is worth noting exactly how to install blinds if you wish to incorporate natural lighting into your plans. Make My Blinds have created a helpful piece on their website detailing the different types of blinds available and how to fit them correctly in your home. Head to their website to find out more!
2. Paint or Wallpaper: Another factor to consider when changing the interior of your home, and which, much like that of the lighting, can change the appearance and feel of a room in a heartbeat. With an increased interest in using more neutral tones throughout the home, you would want to consider whether this is the type of thing you would like in your home. On the other hand, would you prefer to opt for a more vibrant and out-there colour scheme, both to wow any future guests to your home and to express part of your personality through your interior choices? This is very much a trial method; testing different types of paint and different shades is genuinely the only way that you will be able to differentiate what you feel most happy with. As there are sample sizes of paint available from most retailers, you can rest assured that you will find the colour that matches the vision in your head in no time.
3. Furniture Options: A crucial component of any room in your house, and which can either make or break how a room looks. Much like our previous suggestions, selecting the types of furniture you want in the room you are improving and considering the colour schemes of said furniture is of utmost importance. Considering whether you will buy all new furniture, or if you are going to change the appearance of some of your existing items is an ideal place to start. Mainly if you are on a specific budget when completing these home improvements. While some people reading this may only be intending to change the colour scheme of a room or alter the lighting to exude a different atmosphere, there could very well be others attempting the whole hog. If you fall into this category of budding interior designers, make sure you contemplate the furniture as well as everything else on the to-do list!
4. Changing the Layout of a Room: This could well have been done by a lot of people who found themselves faced with the prospect of working from home while squished at the end of the dining table. Not entirely ideal with back-to-back Zoom calls scheduled! Changing the interior of your home could very well include changing the overall layout of a room. From rotating the furniture, you have to create designated chilled spaces or utilising available room dividers to ensure that your home and work lives remain separate. There are numerous options available for splitting a room into individual sections, and it is undoubtedly something to be considered by those busy working people reading this!
These suggestions are but some of the many tips that could prove helpful when completing home improvements in your humble abode, and we hope you have enjoyed reading through them. Leave us feeling inspired, and remember to feel pride in your efforts when the project reaches completion!