Five tips for surviving a home renovation
Home renovation projects are almost always stressful, but with a little preparation, you’ll survive. Here are five tips for getting through your home renovation with your sanity intact.
Plan everything: make a timeline, buy all the materials you’ll need and line up all the contractors before starting.
Flexibility is key: projects almost always take longer and cost more than expected, and there’s always a chance that something won’t go according to plan.
Be ready for dust: it will get everywhere. Remove everything from the room, cover furniture and electronics and clean every day.
Splurge on a dream item: whether it’s a professional gas range in the kitchen or the perfect soaker tub for your bathroom, a splurge like this is great motivation for getting through the renovation.
Make a construction-free zone: you’ll need a place to relax that’s free of dirt and dust, especially if you live with children or pets. If you’re without a kitchen for a while, include a bar fridge and microwave.
When all else fails, try to get out of the house for a weekend to take your mind off of what’s happening at home.
When it comes to interior decorating, ceilings are rarely considered beyond the customary coat of white paint.
But instead of ignoring your ceilings, think about highlighting them to make your rooms really stand out.
A jewel-toned ceiling in an otherwise neutral room will make the room look taller while adding a lively pop of colour.
Tin ceiling tiles (or plastic ones made to look like metal) add a touch of old-school glamour to any space, especially a kitchen.
If you have a home with unconventional ceilings that are vaulted or beamed, painting them will highlight the unique feature. Likewise, consider using wallpaper on a tray or recessed ceiling for greater impact.
Paint and wallpaper aren’t the only things you can put on your accent ceiling. Hang a tapestry on the ceiling for a bohemian look or decorate a child’s bedroom with polka-dot decals for a modern take on the glow-in-thedark stars you may have grown up with.
No matter how you choose to embellish your ceiling, make sure you don’t overwhelm the room by keeping the walls simple.
Home renovation can be stressful, but with proper planning you will be able to keep your sanity intact.