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Find inspiration and test out ideas before redecorating
When you are looking to re-decorate a room in your home, it can be stressful and hard knowing where to start. With so many choices to make and things to consider, it can start to feel like a chore. Sometimes there’s a worry that if we change things, we might not get things right and won’t be able to turn back time.
But you needn’t worry. We're here to help you work out what you’d like to gain from your decorating project and show you how and where to find inspiration. so you can be confident that your new interior will feel like home.On this page we aim to help you with:
deciding how you want your room to look and make you feel, creating a shortlist of things you like and dislike
finding inspiration for your space, so that you can create a mood board
trying out ideas before diving into your project, using samples and testers
With these steps complete you’ll have a shopping list ready, and a clear idea of how your new room will look. Let's get started.
How to decide the look and feel of a room
Whether you already have ideas for your space or don’t know where to begin, thinking about the look and feel you want to create in your room will help you build a clear plan. It’ll also make it easier to choose the products you’ll need to bring this to life.
Answering a few questions about the room and what you want to achieve will narrow down thoughts and make it easier to find inspiration for your project.
Have a think about the following – and ask the other members of your household. You might also want to ask friends and family who spend a lot of time in your home too.
What do you like about your room at the moment?
What don’t you like about your room?
How do you want your new room to feel? Warm or cool? Calm or playful? Minimal or cosy? Neutral or vibrant?
Are there colours you are drawn to elsewhere in your home or in other homes?
How do you want to use your room? Is it for work or play? Does it need to be child or pet-friendly? Does it have a specific use, such as eating or entertaining?
Who uses this room? All the family? Just yourself? Children? Visiting friends?
Are there things that can’t be changed in the room? The location of features such as windows and fireplaces? Plumbing and electrics?
Once you’ve answered these questions you can form 4 short lists:
What you’re looking for in your new space
What to avoid
Are there things in the room which would be best changed before painting or papering, for example boxing in of pipes or moving sockets
What you won’t be changing, but need to take into consideration
With these lists in hand, it's time to look for inspiration.
How to find inspiration for a room
There’s no limit to where you can look for inspiration for your home. From magazines to social media, TV shows to your favourite haunts, there’s no right or wrong place to seek ideas.
Here are our recommendations and suggestions.
Spaces and time that inspire
Sometimes the best place to start is somewhere that you already love. Think about places that evoke the feelings you’d like in your room. Is it the home of a friend or family member? A hotel or holiday home that you’ve stayed in? Your favourite coffee shop or restaurant? A play space your children love?
Are you inspired by a particular period? for example
ultra modern with its clean sleek lines
mid century Swedish, the birthplace in time for the ikea generation.
Baroque, do you fancy living the opulent rich coloured lifestyle
These can all spark ideas for your own home.
Once you’ve thought of a place, try to pin down what it is that you like best about it. Is it the colours that are used? The finish or feel of the flooring? The way the room is lit? It might be a combination of things that you love, so create a short list to consider. If you can, try to find or snap some pictures of the space to remind you of how it looks.
Magazines and catalogues
Whether you’ve home décor magazines, product catalogues or even the Sunday paper to hand, a quick browse can give all kinds of ideas for your home.
Pull out or bookmark images that show colour combinations that grab you, rooms that capture that feeling you’d like in your home or adverts for products that might be suitable in your space.
Paint colour cards can be a good place to start, as you can pull out colours that you’re drawn to. Colour cards are either large charts that contain small swatches of every paint colour produced by the paint manufacturer, or small single cards which show a single paint colour. Pick up a selection of individual colour cards in store, or cut out of a paint chart the colours you’re most interested in.
Nowhere offers more ideas for decorating your home than the internet. But it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer variety of websites and social media networks that feature images of homes and gardens. To make the most of online resources, be specific about how to search for inspiration.
When using online search, it’s best to be precise with the words you use. Rather than looking for images of dining rooms, try ‘white dining rooms’, ‘floral dining rooms’ or ‘modern dining rooms’. The more exact you are with your search – the more likely you’ll find something that looks like your style.
a few great websites are
Social media can also be a great place to look for ideas,to find inspirational pictures that’ll get you started.
Instagram lets people from all around the world share their photos. Users add hashtags # to identify what their photograph shows so that others can find them. As with online searches, being more exact will return more relevant images. Less specific search terms will let you explore and discover new styles as well as hashtags that might be relevant. You’ll find a mix of real-life snaps from people’s homes on Instagram, as well as beautifully styled photographs posted by professional stylists and shops from around the world.
some place to try are
#homedesigntrends on instagram
Once you’ve got a clear idea of what you’re looking to achieve in your room, it’s time to test it out. This means trying out paint, wallpaper and flooring samples at home and exploring the touch and feel of soft furnishings, such as curtains and rugs, in shops.
Narrow down your choices by seeking out samples and taking a closer look at the products you’re interested in. Not only will this give you confidence in your plan, using testers and samples can also help to avoid costly and time-consuming mistakes as will using one of the most powerful tools you have to hand, your mobile phone. There are some great apps to help, you can change the colour of your walls virtually or plan your furniture in 3D. Have an explore but here are a couple to get you started just search for them on your phones app store
Dulux visualizer (with this app you can pick a colour and see it in your room instantly)
Room planner home interior and floorplan design 3D (floor plan creator for IKEA. design your own house, home renovation & decoration)
Whatever your ideas be confident as not only a painting and decorating company we have you covered.
If you decide you want more than just painting and require
your TV mounting on the wall
wooden wall panelling
new flooring etc
whatever your dreams get in touch and together we can make your vision a reality