Between all those half-empty paint cans lying about the place, finding space for the papering table, and protecting items you don’t want to be damaged, decorating your home can be a stressful experience.
The good news is you can reduce at least some of that stress by following the tips below.
How To Make Home Decoration Less Stressful | Home Lifestyle
Have a clear idea of what it is you want
First of all, you can make the process of decorating your home a great deal less stressful by having a clear idea of what it is that you want. One of the easiest ways to do this is to create a mood board where you can add paint color, fabric, and wallpaper samples, as well as images of rooms that capture the style, and color scheme you are going for.
Of course, you are welcome to do this manually with magazine cutouts on a real board, but it’s usually a lot easier to do it online on a site like Pinterest. Then you can easily refer back to your board on your phone, even if you are out at the hardware store picking up supplies.
Take it one room at a time
Another great piece of advice that will help you make home decoration a great deal easier is to make sure that you don’t try and rush the job or get it all done at once. Of course, it can be tempting to try and do every room at the same time, because then you will be done. But this usually results in far too much chaos and disruption and it can actually make it very difficult to get the job finished, not to mention heap extra stress on you. With that in mind, picking one room, and completing that start to finish before starting on any other is the best idea.
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Complete your prep
Next, if you want your home decoration to go smoothly then it makes sense to properly complete any preparation that needs doing before you begin. This means making sure the room is decluttered, and that valuable items are stored elsewhere, and any surface that needs painting or papering is sanded down. Indeed, by doing all your prep first you can make sure that the decoration stage goes as quickly and as easily as possible.
Make sure you protect your home
It also makes a lot of sense to make sure any furniture items that will remain in the room while you decorate are protected during the process. After all, no matter how neat you are, stray paint, and wallpaper paste have a nasty habit of getting all over everything and leaving a stain.
The best way to protect furniture and features that you won’t be decorating is by covering them with an old sheet or blanket that will catch any drips and absorb them. You can also buy specialist cover materials made from plastic for this job.
For unusually shaped items taping the sheets down is a good idea because it ensures that they offer full coverage, and also that they don’t end up moving if they are knocked or picked up by a breeze.
It may also be necessary to cover your flooring or carpet to avoid staining and drips during decoration. This will also protect it from dirty work boots of people coming in and out of your home.
Work with experts
If the thought of doing all the preparation like sanding down your walls, and covering your furniture, as well as the actual work required in painting, is too much for you, then working with professional house painters can be the best solution. This is because they will do all of these tasks for you, and remove any stress out of the process. Indeed, not only will a professional house painter be able to do a more accurate job, but they will have all the tools and equipment needed to protect your home and leave it as clean as when the job started.
Plan alternative spaces
Last of all, when it comes to making home decoration less stressful it’s a good idea to plan attentive spaces to use when the room you are decorating will be out of action. For example, if you are decorating your bedroom, then setting up an airbed on the floor of another room, and moving all the items you’ll need day to day will make things easier.
Similarly, if you plan on decorating your kitchen then you won’t want to be using it for cooking at the same time. In this case, you may want to set up a system of washing your plates and pans in the bathroom or outside and have a plug-in hot plate or microwave that you can access in another room for cooking and heating up simple meals.
However, when it comes to decorating your bathroom, you might be better off using a neighbor’s or family’s facilities. You may even wish to head to the gym for your daily shower, while the work is going on.