7 Tips That Simplify Renovating or Redecorating Your Home

We all want to live in nice spaces. But, let’s be honest here, many of us aren’t naturally gifted in the decorating department. However, with some planning, creativity, and possibly a little help, it is possible to decorate or redecorate any room, or even your entire home in a way that is truly a reflection of who you are and what you like.

1. Think about what you really need

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Don’t buy things just because someone else told you you should | Source: iStock

Decorating takes energy, creativity, and money. Figure out how much of all those things you can realistically spend on this project. Are your weekends always booked? Can you carve out one hour after work every day for a week? There’s nothing worse than an unfinished project. So, if you are short on time, instead of taking on your entire home, just start with a room and see where it goes from there.

One of the best resources, especially for smaller spaces is Apartment Therapy. It’s a decorating site that features among so many other things, real homes of different sizes and locations with a breakdown of where the furniture and décor is from. The site will give you inspiration and ideas and probably answer many of the questions you might have.

2. Plan before you shop

Take pictures of the space as well as accurate measurements. Don’t forget to bring a tape measure with you when you go shopping.

3. Shop smart

If you want to make this project as stress-free as possible, it’s best to buy most major items from one or two stores. This is because all the pieces are designed specifically to coordinate with one another. Consider this especially if you don’t trust your own taste.

4. Getting the best price

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Shope around for different paints and other materials | Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams and Lowe’s

Sales associates are there for a reason. Don’t be afraid to ask about discounts. Furniture stores have sales all the time. That dining table that is slightly above your budget might be 30% off next week.

Although availability is always hit or miss, if you are looking to save money, don’t forget to ask about floor models. Furthermore, if you are buying furniture that needs to be assembled, a floor model will already be assembled for you.

5. Use free interior design services

While you might think of using an interior designer as superfluous or expensive, it is the easiest way to get things done. Several major stores offer free design services including Pottery Barn, West Elm, and Ethan Allen. You can make an appointment in the store or even have a designer come out to your home.

6. Explore online interior designers

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You can accomplish a lot online | Source: Thinkstock

Another option is to hire an affordable interior designer online. There are several companies that do this, each a little differently. Havenly offers design services that run from $79 to $199 per room. After filling out a survey to determine your style and needs, you upload pictures of the room, and then your designer comes back to you with ideas. You can also purchase everything directly from the site.

You also might want to give Homee a try. This free app connects you with interior designers who help you choose the best pieces for your space, whether it’s just a few items or a whole room’s worth of furniture.

7. Display in a new way

Even if someone else designs your space for you, it should still be a reflection of who you are. If you have meaningful items that aren’t traditionally décor, like a signed jersey or a beer stein collection, it’s easy to find ways to incorporate those items into your home. Have that jersey professionally framed. Buy a decorative floating shelf for your steins. Your home doesn’t need to be Pinterest perfect; it just needs to be ideal for you.

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