Interior Design

Top 8 Renovation Lessons

Lesson 1. Start by gathering your inspirations, collect images of anything that appeals to you.  However, you need to be realistic about the space you actually have to work with.  A huge kitchen island with beautiful pendants may be on your dream list, but if the shape of your room isn’t conductive to it, then you need to think about how you can work in that look but in a different way.

Lessons 2.  When planning your renovation, you have to think about the architectural elements of the room, the light and your style. The architectural features of a room are its core structure.  You have to carefully consider what should stay and what should go.  Daylight is an important ingredient, whether the room benefits from bright souther light or its a north-facing room, you do need to understand the effect that light has on colour throughout the day.  Its alway tempting to use brilliant white paint in small, dark spaces, however it will only look murky and grey.

Lesson 3.  Understanding the function and space will help you to determine every decorating choice you make, from choosing floors to  table placement.  Listen to your spouse and family members about what they envision too.  This is the space in the home most used by everyone, so it’s always great to get everyone’s input.

Lesson 4.  In order to plan your space effectively, you have to measure up rooms and draw a floor plan.  You also need an elevation (a 2 dimensional drawing of the height of a space), so you can understand how the room will actually look and function.  The height of windows, furniture, fireplaces or radiator will tell you whether this particular piece is of the right proportions for a room.

Lesson 5.  Once your floor plan and furniture layout is ready, you need to design a lighting scheme.  It is very important, because where you place your sofa, kitchen island or a piece of art determines where light sources are best positioned.  Successful lighting is all about layers.  General light should provide enough illumination, task lighting focuses on areas where additional light is needed and accent lighting may be part of a decorative scheme.

Lesson 6.  Spend where it counts, and save where it doesn’t.  More expensive kitchen appliances can make a budget-friendly kitchen looks like it costs more than it did.

Lesson 7.  Choosing a colour can be very overwhelming for someone. One of the great tips is to begin by looking at your own wardrobe.  If you enjoy wearing certain colour, most likely you will like living with them.  Many people feel very comfortable when surrounded by carefully balanced neutral colours.  No doubt that shades of grey have been very popular tones during many years, however, it is all too easy to fall into the trap of using bland, depressing colours.  Don’t be afraid to bring accents of bold colours or interesting texture to change the mood.

Lesson 8.  Draw up your ideal budget and then double it.  You might have planned for everything, except for the stuff you couldn’t.  You cannot predict how many pipes or wires need to be replace until you open up you walls.  Unforeseen problems often arise during renovation.

The process of renovation is not only about being creative it’s also about being very organised.  You have to understand how to read a floor plan, manage your budget, manage the team and so on.  Although it can be overwhelming sometime, the end result is very rewarding.  Because the best homes are made, not bought.


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