Considering an overhaul in your home? Here are some of the most common schoolboy errors to avoid.
Overspending on new furniture
Many people that want to rejuvenate and refresh their homes will often think that investing in some new furniture or feature pieces will do the trick, but if you don’t start by assessing what you do and don’t need, you risk actually cluttering your space even further. Simplicity is key when trying to refresh and rejuvenate your home, and so strip back the different rooms that you want to freshen up, and make a list of only the bare necessities.
Top-Tip: Got some old furniture that doesn’t match the new aesthetic you’re going for, but don’t want to just scrap it entirely? When tidying out your home in preparation for new renovations, you might decide to sell it online. This will give you a bit of extra cash out the gate to put towards something new.
Choosing mismatching colour schemes
Bright, poppy colours are a great way of injecting new life into a boring and dull room, although be careful not to go overboard. For best results, choose a feature wall colour that stands out and is warm and pleasant. Matching the modern and minimalist sensibilities mentioned above but isn’t too garish.
Top-Tip: Worried about choosing the wrong colour paint or piece of furniture, and struggling to picture what the finished product will look like in your head? Why don’t you consider using some Virtual or Augmented reality software through your smartphone device to help? Apps such as Build.com’s AR view, or IKEA’s PLACE, you can choose different styles and place them virtually in your home before going ahead and committing to a purchase.
This sort of technique can really help you to visualise and decide on what’s right for your property, and it’s frequently used by interior designers and professionals. Another use for the technology is in the property investment market. RWinvest, for example, a company based in Liverpool, use VR to showcase what their modern and in-progress developments will look like to buyers when fully furnished and completed. As a side note, these sorts of modern apartments and flats can also give you some great inspiration on what to include in your own home when remodelling, so keep an eye on the sorts of things they include.
Forgetting to factor in natural light
Particularly in the winter months, where an estimated one in three British people suffer from seasonal depression, it’s important to get as much natural light into each room as possible. Don’t forget when shifting things about to position them towards and around the windows, inviting in the outdoors rather than blocking it out entirely.
Top-Tip: have a room in your home that struggles to get any natural sunlight, and is always feeling a bit dark and dingy as a result? Mirrors can be a good way of reflecting what little amounts of light you do get and can make a room feel a bit larger and more lively.