Planning for A New Room

Some people love planning out a new room while others find it a bit of a chore. However you feel about the job, it’s definitely one that needs to be done. Don’t cut corners when it comes to planning out your redecorating tasks and it will benefit you in the long run when you achieve the perfect finish on the room of your dreams.

You’ll have a few issues to consider. Firstly schedule. Think about when you want to undertake this job. Do you have some time off work soon? Do you want to avoid redecorating during the school holidays when the kids will be underfoot? Bear in mind that the job could take a while longer than expected. With DIY the unexpected can happen and you can find a job takes much longer due to circumstances that only became obvious as the work has progressed, such as bad damp causing rotting walls behind your bathroom wall tiles for example.

You’ll need to work out your budget and then calculate how much you will need to spend on each aspect of the room, from paint to wallpaper and porcelain floor tiles, you can work out how many square metres of each you need and therefore work out the rough cost. This may also determine the type of wall covering you choose. For example paint will in most cases cost less than paper.  Don’t forget to include extra for mistakes or breakages too.

Ideas don’t come all at once generally, so keep a notebook in your planning file to jot down any thoughts you have. Reading magazines and looking online for inspiration can really help if you’re lacking for style ideas. You may even want to try out some interior design software, or take photos of your room and re-colour it in a graphics package to see how your walls or floor look in a different shade.

When you visit shops, get samples of the tiles, paper and flooring and colour swatches or tester pots of paint. You will also be able to order samples online too. Colours and sizes can look very different in the shops or viewed on your computer screen so it’s important to see then in place with your own lighting in your own home.

You should also plan your job carefully. Make sure you have all the correct tools. Don’t improvise; this can result in accidents if you’re not using the correct tool for a particular task, and make sure all your tools are clean and in good condition. Make sure you have all the correct safety equipment too. Ensure you are fully versed in the requirements of the job at hand and know what you should be doing at each stage of the project.

With your planning done you can then proceed with the task knowing you are well prepared.

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