Ah, January… the beginning of a new year. A fresh start. A clean slate.
This is when most of us start thinking about resolutions and ways we’d like to improve various aspects of ourselves. So why not apply this philosophy to our environment too?
A beautiful house is practically therapeutic to come home to after a long day, but we know it’s difficult to find the time or funds to bring your visions to life. That’s where a little bit of broad planning comes into play. Multi-room undertakings work best if you space out your projects, so here’s an example of a year-long revamp delegation:
Of course, these are just suggestions. Omit rooms you don’t have, customize the projects to fit your home’s needs, cut the projects down to bimonthly, change the order around… the sky’s the limit, and it’s really all up to you! The main idea here is to break up a year’s worth of design projects into manageable time frames. Then you can start fine-tuning your design plan.
If you watch home makeover shows on TV, you know that one of the first things the designer does is draw up a scaled “aerial view” of the room. Knowing the exact amount of space you’re working with is crucial when selecting new pieces to add. You may find a coffee table you love, but if you don’t pay attention to the dimensions, you run the risk of it not fitting properly. We recommend taking advantage of our Room Planner tool. It allows you to create an online blueprint so you can arrange and rearrange furniture to your heart’s content! When it’s finished, you can share it with friends digitally or print it to take shopping with you.
Another amazing tool we want to share is Roomstyler.com, and more specifically their 3D Roomplanner. This is a free service that lets you create your own interior designs with almost complete freedom. Their virtual library contains over 120,000 items, so you’re sure to find things that look similar to your existing decor – plus get ideas for new purchases you’d like to make in the future. When you’re finished designing, you can arrange a little blue “camera” (see above) to take a 3D rendered snapshot of the space.
Another great way to plan for your home revamp is to create a Pinterest board of inspiration. Having an overall vision in mind and a centralized place to compile your ideas will make sporadic shopping simple. (Get a load of that alliteration! 😉) Just browse over time instead of visiting a couple stores and spending lots of money all at once. The decorating process is infinitely easier on your wallet – and more fun – if you give yourself the opportunity to happen upon things. You may find the perfect pieces in the most unexpected places!
Quick Tip: If you find an item on the GAHS website that you’d like to add to your Pinterest, just hover your mouse over the product photo. Pretty easy!
Share this post on social media if you found it helpful – maybe you can help a friend who made sprucing up their space a New Year’s resolution! You can also check out the GAHS Pinterest boards to steal some design inspiration for your 2016 home makeover.