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Painting and Redecorating 101: The ultimate makeover for your home

If you’re a homeowner or landlord looking to refresh the interior of your property, but unsure where to begin – look no further.   

Redecorating your home can be a thrilling task. From browsing online furniture stores for the perfect sofa and rug combo to visiting your local hardware and perusing the paint samples, it is an exciting venture with benefits beyond just a fresh facade.

But where do you begin? To guide you in planning for your home interior transformation, let’s start by breaking your ‘to do’ list down into three categories: painting, furniture and accessories.

Painting

Quality Over Quantity

The quality of the paint job matters. Superior paint brands such as Dulux are readily available from all good paint suppliers and guarantee the durability of 5 years – meaning no cracks or peeling on your walls for half a decade!

It is important to invest time into researching which brand works best for your needs and budget; however, we do suggest purchasing a higher quality paint as it will save you time and money in the long run.

Why Paint Selection Matters

With a vast selection of paint products available these days, the once-simple decision of which paint to choose can now take a fair amount of research – and it all starts with whether you’re after an oil or water-based paint.

The difference between these paint types boils down to two things: drying time and durability. While oil-based paints are more durable (which is why they’re typically used for painting exteriors), they can take up to 24 hours to dry before you can apply the next coat.

On the other hand, water-based paints may not be as robust, but you can apply multiple coats in one day due to the faster drying time.

Then there is the question of which finish you’d like on the walls of your home. With options such as matte, gloss, eggshell and satin, we recommend speaking to your local paint professional before purchasing your first tin of paint.

Wall Preparation

So, you’ve purchased your paint. Hurrah! Now it’s time to prepare your walls for their first lick of paint.

Before applying your first coat, scrub the surface of your wall to prevent dirt and dust from making its way into the final coat. Follow this up with a quick scrape and sand of the wall to create a smooth surface, then voila – you are ready to apply your first coat of primer.

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Now that you’re well into repainting the walls of your home, let’s consider what look or style you’ve got in mind. Whether it’s a French Provincial theme, Contemporary or Minimalist, the colour of your walls must act as the baseline for the type of furniture you intend to purchase.

Furniture

Got a style or theme in mind? Before you make haste and purchase that new dining set, luxury bed or armchair, you need to consider these two very basic rules of interior design.

To Stand Out or Blend-In – that is the question

To key to furnishing your new room is balance. Whatever the furniture ensemble, you first need to decide whether you want these new items to be the focal point of your room or have them blend into the colour of your walls.

For redecorators searching for a showpiece that will stand out in a room painted with neutral walls, for example, you may consider furniture with vibrant fabric upholstery, or a colourful pattern or print. Similarly, if your painted walls are of a vibrant nature, considering furniture void of ‘busy’ designs, lively prints or ornamental designs is advised.

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If your walls offer cool tones such as grey, baby blue or mint green, you may be interested in luxury items such as a rich chaise lounge or an ornate dressing table. Depending on the style you choose, furniture that offers a colour contrast such as subtle gold accents or polished wood with a warm tone to offset the cool neutrality of your wall paint could be the perfect addition to the gentle aesthetic of your room.

Size Matters

Do you live in an older-style home that doesn’t boast an open-plan style living space? Or perhaps you live in an apartment and you want to create the impression of space?

In this situation, purchasing furniture to complement the existing colour scheme of your room is strongly suggested. For example, bulky items such as sofas can have an expansive effect – but only if they blend in with the colour of your walls. Likewise, that dark wood entertainment unit you’ve had your eye on will only appear to clutter your room if it conflicts too strongly with the neutral beige of your living room walls.

With so many furniture options on the market for rooms of all sizes and styles, it is important to take the time to consider your colour scheme and how additional items such as lamps, frames, rugs and mirrors will fit into your overall theme.

Accessories

The interior design of your home is subjective. While there are several tips to consider when accessorising a newly renovated room, there are two, in particular, you should consider before selecting the finishing touches for your home.

Expanding Your Space

As we have established, furniture colour and size matters – especially when furnishing a room lacking in space. That’s why choosing the right accessories can make all the difference, starting with a well-positioned mirror.

To create the notion of depth, position your mirror with the reflection in mind. If your mirror faces directly into a cramped part of your room, the feeling of clutter will override any attempt at creating the illusion of space. We suggest placing your mirror strategically to reflect the view outside your window or replicate the neat, glass display cabinet parallel.

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Flecks of Colour

Think about the colours in your furniture. Does the upholstery feature gold buttons? Is your desk highlighted with brass handles? Adding little splashes of colour throughout your room to complement these subtle accents is a classy way to highlight your room’s dimensions, accessories or prominent features like windows that invite natural daylight.

So, when you’re looking to revamp the interior of your home, it’s best to start with the wall paint. Once this major milestone in the redecoration process has been achieved, you can comfortably move on to styling your room with furniture and accessories that will emphasise your room in all the right ways.

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