Starting any renovation project can be an exciting but complex undertaking. Big ones, small ones all need planning. Here’s some things to start thinking about.
Be clear on what Renovation you’re undertaking
Clearly define what you want to achieve with the project. Are you looking to increase space, update aesthetics, improve functionality, or a mix of those?
Establish a budget that aligns with what you can afford and what you want to achieve. Make sure there is some contingency for unexpected expenses, things never go to plan!
Ideas come from everywhere
Collect ideas and inspiration. Browse magazines, websites, and Instagram, all of these are full of ideas to get the creative juices flowing. Once you have a mood board assess if the project requires professional help or if it’s something you can handle on your own. Designers also can provide inspiration – but they will cost you. For larger, structural projects and architect or project manager might be a good investment. But if it’s a re-fresh you can handle on your own then save money where you can.
You might get inspiration from How to Design A Room in 7 Steps?
Textiles and accessories
You can use wall art, mirrors, or funky wallpaper to add interest to the walls.
Consider creating a focal point with a large piece of artwork or a statement mirror – all these can be picked up in reclamation places or online.
Also think about textiles like rugs, curtains, and throw pillows. All these add texture and comfort. Accessories such as vases, candles, or decorative items can enhance the overall look. Again, look for more unique, vintage finds. Give you home personality, so you don’t just look like everyone else.
Colour and light
Choose a colour palette that suits your style and the use of the room. Consider the mood you want to create in the room. Warm colours like reds and yellows can create a cosy atmosphere, while cool colours like blues and greens can evoke a sense of calm.
On top of the colour try different lighting, as it can greatly affect the mood of a room. Transforming its use from day to night. Use a combination of ambient, task, and accent lighting. Consider natural light sources, as well as artificial lighting.
Tools of the trade
Do you own the right tools? If not you can buy good ones second hand. Rumage.com links to many pre-loved marketplaces so you should be able to find what you are looking for.
If you think you will only use the tool for this job then think about renting. Have a look on Fat Llama where you can rent all sorts of crazy stuff from people nearby. The Library of Things is in London, the Share Shed is in Cornwall.
You can top up your income by renting out items you already own at RentMy. Research by RentMy shows it’s eco-friendly to rent – the more we rent, the less carbon is produced from manufacturing and shipping.
Get help online
There are plenty of videos to help you do just about anything, without leaving home
Starting your renovation
When you are ready to go, remove furniture and personal belongings from the area you are transforming. You might need to think about renting a storage unit for larger items that need can’t store in another room, or garage.
If you need to get rid of some stuff try Love Junk. You can create a LoveJunk listing with a few photos. Then vetted licensed waste collectors and junk reusers send you quotes. Just compare their customer reviews and prices, and choose the best one for you. Your junk is reused or taken to verified licensed waste recycling facilities. On average 98% avoids landfill sites.
Remember that each renovation project is unique, and the steps you take may vary depending on the scale and nature of the work. You might need to be flexible and adaptable throughout the process.
Another article you might like to reas before you embark on a renovation is National DIY Day.