When you come to redecorating your home, it can be a little difficult to come to a decision with what pieces of furniture you want to get rid of and what you want to keep or repurpose. Whether it be ripping out your whole kitchen and starting again; starting fresh in the blank canvas of your spare room; or tackling the living room and changing the way your family relaxes in the evenings.
Whatever you decide to do, you can be sure that it will be a huge task trying to get rid of your furniture in order to make room for the new things you want in your home. Over the years of being a homeowner, you will find that you accumulate a lot of different pieces of furniture from the most random of places. It might be something a family member gave when you moved into your first home or something you found on holiday and thought would give your home that worldly feel. Either way, before you can start a fresh and decorate the home, you need to get rid of these obstacles.
The first thing you will want to do when you look to clear out space is to look at the small items. This will count as the books you have on the shelf, the candles which decorate the mantelpiece and the small items you have in your drawers. You can’t look to get rid of furniture before you have condensed what you store in that furniture.
You might find after this process that you don’t need as much storage as you thought you did, so you can look to downsize to something more modern or contemporary. If you do need a lot of storage think about items which can double up as two things such as an ottoman which you can also sit on. If you find that you are struggling to decide what you can throw away and what you want to keep; you can use Storage companies to keep everything in a unit for the time being while you decorate. Once the room is ready you can decide which items will go back and which you no longer want or need.
Once you have decided on the furniture you no longer want in your home, you will need to work out what to do with it. If it is heavily damaged, the easiest route is to throw it in the tip. However, if it has a few superficial scratches, you can either donate it to charity or sell it online on eBay.
Once you have sold or given away your old furniture, you can really start getting into the decorating process. It is amazing how simply taking your items out of a room can change it’s the whole dynamic. A lot of the time the only way for you to truly see what space you have to work with is to strip everything out and look at the blank canvas. When the room is cluttered we will often be biased in our thoughts by looking at where our current furniture and layout would fit in a room.
Sometimes the best thing to do is start fresh. A fresh space for us to live in can make life much easier and it can help put state of mind too. When we live in the same four walls every day of our lives, we can get bored of our surroundings quickly and our minds begin to stagnate. That’s why every now and again it is crucial to change things and add a new perspective. Even if it is just by moving the sofa to a different part of the room: change is good for us.
To make your room feel bigger, make sure that you use a light colour on the walls. If you do want to use a darker colour- only paint one wall and leave the rest to balance it out and keep the space light. Make sure you don’t have chunky curtains blocking the natural light getting into your home, and use the mirror trick to make the room look bigger.
When it comes to your sofa; choose one which you know you can be comfortable on. There’s no point buying a sofa just because it looks good if it is not comfy and cosy. Add cushions with fun patterns or bright colours to make the room feel more vibrant, and add a chunky throw on their in the winter for that extra layer to snuggle up in at night.
Shelving can be as complex or simple and you like. You don’t want to choose too many shelves for your home though, so make sure that you think about it carefully before you go ahead. Shelves are not only great for storage, but they can add a fun feature to the home too. By using a mixture of open and closed shelves in the room you will create depth and personality to the room. You can display family photos, candles, plants and other small items to make your home full of colour and life.
If you don’t have the space for shelving but you still want to make an impact on the walls of your home, you can hang artwork or photos there instead. A large family canvas or a candid collage can make your home feel colourful, vibrant and add a huge amount of personality instantly. You don’t just have to hang photos though. Small baskets and other items can make a great feature on the wall and also provide the perfect place to store small things which would otherwise make your room look a little chaotic.
A makeunder doesn’t just apply to your face; it can also apply to your home. We all have a tendency to get a bit crazy with colours; and this can result in your home looking like a rainbow. While there’s not necessarily anything wrong with that; it can make your home look a little crazy and with no sense of style. Because of this we want to make sure that the home sticks to simple colours and only focuses on 2 colours per room.
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