Looking to give your space a refresh or even a full on makeover? Your first and most important step is to organize your ideas.
A huge part of redecorating is re-evaluating everything in your current space and deciding what works and what doesn’t. It’s hard to give up objects and decor that have become part of our lives, but it’s important to remind yourself that there’s a reason you’re redecorating, and it’s because you crave that fresh start. That being said, begin by taking inventory of your drawers, closets, and storage spaces to decide what you want to keep, pitch, or repurpose. Then, before taking the plunge into purchasing new furnishings and decor, take some time to get organized…
Build Your Dream Board
Once upon a time, sociologists everywhere touted the idea of a “self mandala”, which is essentially a collage of images, words, and phrases that describe who you are and where you want to go. Mandalas were a good way to reflect on the present, think about the past, and plan the future. By building an interior design and decor dream board, you can do the same for your space. A quick look around your home will reveal your design present; use this as a method to figure out what you want in your design future.
Depending on your preference, you can go old school and cut photos out of magazines or print them off the internet, and collage them on a poster board. Or opt to create new board on Pinterest and begin “pinning” your dream design concepts. This is a great way to go, not only because you’ll have access to more options (which lead to more ideas), but links to actually buy and create exactly the look you want.
Set a Budget
It might be hard to see an overall figure of what a major redecoration overhaul is going to cost, but it’s important to start with what you’re willing to spend. Set your maximum number and keep it firm, then lay out each individual cost. That way, you can see where your major expenses will be, what to keep, and what to cut, making sure that the final elements you choose to redesign are the ones that are most important to you and fit within your budget.
Start a spreadsheet with a room-by-room list of everything you want to change, including individual pieces of furniture, wallpaper/paint, decor, frames, photo printing, rugs and carpet. For measurable items (like paint and rugs, for example), be sure to list their measurements and the cost per square foot, budgeting for 20% more than you’ll probably use, particularly for elements like wallpaper where mistakes often happen and an overage is merely an insurance policy.
Redecorating can be a big and overwhelming undertaking. After all, we as humans aren’t hardwired to accept change. A logical way to lessen the anxiety that comes with rethinking the design and decor of your space is to start small. Pick the least involved project on your list, or if you’ve decided to “go big or go home”, find a small way to ease yourself into redecorating. Little by little, you’ll be able to create the interior of your dreams and have a lot of fun in the process.