How to make the most of your home this win­ter

Bray People - - View From The Street -

ARE you a lit­tle tired of how your home cur­rently looks and feels?

Re­gard­less of whether you want to cre­ate a mod­ern mecca or a home with a rus­tic feel to it there are home dec­o­rat­ing ideas and plenty of ac­ces­sories to help you achieve this dream.

Be­fore you start the dec­o­rat­ing process, there are sev­eral things you should do so that your home dé­cor matches your dreams of what the fin­ished item will look like.

First off you’ll need a theme for the project. Get your hands on as many home dec­o­rat­ing book and mag­a­zines as you can. As you read through them you’ll find your­self drawn to one theme or style more than oth­ers. Ex­po­sure to as many dec­o­rat­ing styles as pos­si­ble is the key here.

Once you choose a colour scheme, think about what you want to do in the room you will be re-dec­o­rat­ing. Don’t be trapped into think­ing you need to dec­o­rate a room in a cer­tain way be­cause it was in­tended for that pur­pose by the builder.

If your fam­ily eats in the kitchen, dec­o­rat­ing your din­ing room with a big ta­ble and a buf­fet may just be a waste of valu­able space. In­stead, you may want to use your din­ing room as a study, a home of­fice, or a play room.

Af­ter choos­ing a use for the room it’s time to put to­gether a shop­ping list for it. One of the most im­por­tant items on the list is paint. Some­thing worth bear­ing in mind here is that you’ll need to empty the room en­tirely be­fore start­ing paint­ing - there’s noth­ing worse than hav­ing to scram­ble over fur­ni­ture to get the paint­ing com­pleted.

You may, how­ever, want to shop for a rug, a paint­ing, or a piece of fur­ni­ture to use as an in­spi­ra­tion piece first. Af­ter all, if you find the per­fect red couch af­ter you’ve al­ready painted the walls a dif­fer­ent shade of red, you may wish you would have gone with a more neu­tral wall colour. Don’t for­get to add ac­ces­sories to your shop­ping list. They help com­plete the home’s dec­o­rat­ing scheme.

Don’t for­get to take some time out to re­lax in your new room once it’s fin­ished — es­pe­cially be­fore you start re­dec­o­rat­ing the next room in the house.

Re­mem­ber the whole rea­son for re­dec­o­rat­ing that room was so that you could feel more comfortable in it right? are lots of rea­sons to ex­tend, whether you want to cre­ate more space, add value to your home or just love the area in which you live. The in­creas­ing cost and has­sle of mov­ing com­bined with un­cer­tainty in the prop­erty mar­ket makes stay­ing put an at­trac­tive prospect. Many homes have un­tapped po­ten­tial, and ren­o­va­tions can make a home more en­joy­able to live in as well as adding to its mar­ket value.

Be­fore plan­ning that ex­trav­a­gant ex­ten­sion or costly con­ver­sion, it’s cru­cial to talk to a lo­cal auc­tion­eer to find out what ren­o­va­tions are pop­u­lar in your area. Ev­ery street has a ceil­ing value so don’t over de­velop if you want to see a good re­turn on your in­vest­ment.

This is why putting in re­search first can be the right way to go. Plan wisely and you’ll add more value than the amount spent.

Once you choose a colour scheme, think about what you want to do in the room you will be re-dec­o­rat­ing.

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