How to Determine Your Decorating Needs?
Home sweet home – or is it? Have you ever seen a photograph in a decorating magazine and wondered how to recreate that certain feeling or look? Whether you’ve just bought a new house or are planning on renovating/changing a current room, you can use the same tools.
First you must ask yourself the 5 W’s:
Who will be predominantly using the space?
- Yourself or Significant Other
- Occasionally by Visitors/Relatives
What is the feeling you want the space to reflect?
- Casual or Formal
- Cozy or Spacious
- Warm or Cool Colour Scheme
When will the space be occupied?
- Morning, Afternoon, or Evening
- Lighting Concerns/Exposures
- Weekends and Holidays
Where is the space located?
- Main, Upper, or Basement Level
- An Addition or Existing Area
- Any Structural Changes (Floor Plan)
Why am I doing this?
- New Member of the Family
- Your Lifestyle has Changed
The most important question is your budget and time constraints. How much do you want to spend? How much will you spend? How much can you spend? Do you need it to be completed this week, month, or year? If you make a plan first, then you will save yourself both time and money in the long run.
When you are ready to hire a painter/contractor/decorator, always get at least three quotes and referrals on your project. Talk to friends and family to see if they have had first-hand experience with a professional. There will most likely be a range in pricing offered, this is when you need to do your homework and to some extent follow your instincts. Remember, this person will be spending anywhere from two hours to two months in your home, so you must feel that you can trust them to respect your property. Lastly, confirm that they have the proper insurance/coverage.
Once you have answered all of the questions you now know which direction to take. Hire a Professional! (Just kidding.) Having a plan in place will make it possible to eliminate the overwhelming number of choices facing you at the beginning of your project.