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There are many routes you can take when you want to upgrade your home through decorating it. When DIY is involved, there are many mistakes that you will encounter. This is mainly because when a person takes on a DIY project, they will not be a professional in that area. That does not mean you shouldn’t DIY it, but it does mean that you will have to take a variety of things into consideration. To help you successfully decorate your home, here are some of the top mistakes people make, and how you can avoid them. 

Mistakes when it comes to painting

Painting is where a large portion of mistakes are made. This is because painting is the go-to action when re-doing a home. Painting is, on the whole, a cheap and simple way to change the look and feel of a room. However, if not done properly, then it can also be a quick way to ruin or become frustrated with the way your home looks and feels. Many mistakes can be made when attempting to paint your property, these may include using the wrong color scheme, poorly or incorrectly cutting in edges, using the wrong type of paint, inappropriate application methods, and not knowing when or how to prepare or prime a surface before painting it. The simple solutions to all of these issues are either to take your time and do some proper research before painting your home, or look into hiring residential painting professionals who will do the job for you and to the specifications that you give. 

Sporadically purchasing furniture

It is incredibly easy to be drawn into buying a piece of furniture that you like the look of as soon as you have seen it without considering if you actually need it, or if it fits in with your current aesthetic. This is a mistake that many people will make in their life when they slowly decorate and fill a room, rather than plan and fully buy in one go. In some cases slowly and sporadically purchasing different styles and colors of furniture can work, especially if you have a busy and chaotic vibe in your home. However, this is very rare. In most cases, people prefer to have an organized and matching aesthetic for the rooms in their homes. To make sure you don’t make this mistake when you are decorating your room, plan out the colors and styles of furniture that you want, and buy them all at once rather than slowly filling your room with different pieces. 

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Decorating too boldly 

When decorating your property, it can be an exciting and fun process, and therefore easy to get carried away or over-decorate by making everything too “in your face”. Make sure that you regularly check in with yourself every now and then when you are planning or even decorating, just to make sure that you haven’t let your creativity get too out of control. Of course, there is no harm in letting your creative side out, and how your home looks and feels will be down to personal preference. Just make sure that the decisions you are making at the time are decisions that you will be happy living with long term. If not, you could find yourself having to redecorate 6 months later because you went a little too over the top with your choices. 

Overspending by not having a budget

Decorating a home is a little less intense than renovating it fully, and therefore it can deceive you into thinking that you don’t need to plan for it as thoroughly. While there is less to think about with just redecorating versus renovation, you should still consider your budget, because if not, you could find that you are spending a lot more on paints, applicators, decorations, and furnishings than you first expected. So, if you are planning to redecorate your home in the future, make sure that you plan in a budget and stick to it, as you might be surprised at how much the costs can sneak up when you add a little bit here and a little bit there. 

Rushing decisions 

Rushing decisions is never a good thing, and it applies to home decorating too. Often, people will take a week or two off from work or try to cram a little DIY in on the weekends, hoping to get the work done as quickly as possible. While there is nothing wrong with working quickly and effectively, if you rush any decisions leading up to the work you can end up regretting your decisions or having to backtrack and re-think. Taking your time and properly planning what you want, and how you want it to look is a great way to maximize your home improvement projects, so make sure that you don’t rush any decisions. 

If you have any home decorating projects that are coming up, make sure to consider these mistakes, and how to avoid them. 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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