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Updating your home is an exciting project to embark on. You get to go crazy and completely personalise your home to your own taste. You can create a look in your home that is modern and trendy, or you can create a theme that is bold and unique. That is the great thing about updating the decor in your home, and why it can be so fun.
However, there are some important details that you must consider before updating your home. If you don’t, it will take the fun out of the project for you, and even worse, make it stressful and frustrating for you. To ensure that you can plan and enjoy the decor project you are about to embark on, here are some of the top things that you should consider before you make any updates.
7 Things To Consider When Updating Your Home Decor
1. Is it within your budget?
The first and most important thing you need to consider is your budget. If you don’t consider your budget before you start your project, it can quickly take a wrong turn and become stressful and overwhelming. With the cost of living on the rise, and the global economy all over the place, prices for items are really high. It is important that you consider your personal situation and be realistic about what you can afford.
Consider how much you need to live and how much disposable income you have. This way you can start to save money to fund your project, within your limits. You should always try where possible to buy items yourself, and not use loans or finance options. You should also try to ensure that you always have a backup fund in case anything were to happen. This will ensure that you can buy the decor you want and enjoy the process, without worrying about money.
2. How long will it last?
It is really important when shopping for decor to pick quality and longevity. This is in terms of the quality of the product and the way that you use it, as well as how long you believe it will last in your home. You can consider this from multiple angles, for example, is it an item that is trending now that won’t be in a year? Is it an item that is fragile and won’t last long around your children? Will it break or wear down after a short period and need replacing? When things look nice, it is easy to just grab anything off the shelf in the shops. Make sure you think through all your choices and purchases.
3. Will you still be happy with it in the future?
Similar to the above, it is also important to consider if you will like it in the future. It may be something you like now, but if you have a personality that quickly evolves and adapts, it is important to consider this point. You don’t want to blow your full budget now and then not like it all in a couple of years and need to refresh your decor again.
4. Is it functional?
There are going to be decor items that are purely aesthetic, and that is perfectly okay. However, there are other items where you need to consider their functionality, especially if they are expensive and take up a lot of room. Space-efficient furniture such as a slim shelving unit can be a great decor piece that also serves a functional purpose to house plants, books, candles and other items.
5. Does it fit in the space?
One mistake people tend to make is to buy something online, without taking measurements and properly considering how it will fit in the space. There might be items that fit the measurements of a spare space in your home, but actually, when it is in the room, it is too big and makes the room feel small and cluttered.
It is vital that you properly consider how big or small items are, and how well they will fit in the space while allowing you to move freely and feel like it is still open and clear of clutter. You may move temporary items around so you have a better idea of how things will fit. Not only can they change the space in the room, but items may also change the atmosphere, the amount of light in the room, and more.
6. Is it eco-friendly?
Eco-friendly decor items are really important to incorporate into homes in this century. Not only are they trendy and stylish, but they also keep your home sustainable and keep running costs down. There are a number of items that you can incorporate, such as smart technology, plants and other air purifying items, second-hand items, items that are going to create the illusion of more light and space, LED light bulbs, and much more.
7. Do you need to seek professional help?
Updating and decorating your home is a great and fun project to embark on, but it might not be the best one if you don’t have time, if you struggle to make decisions, or if you are not very creative. If this is you, then you may consider the help of a professional when it comes to updating your home. This might be an interior designer to help you pull together all the important elements of your home. You may also enlist the help of contractors to help you put up bigger decor items, and even carpenters to design and create custom pieces of decor for you.
Updating Your Home Decor? Make Sure To Consider All These Things
Updating your home decor is not cheap or easy. There are many things involved, and likely, the decisions you make now will last you a long time in the future, or even impact the sale of your property if that is your reason for the updates. When updating your decor, it is important that you consider all the factors involved, from money to style. This will ensure you update your home properly and are happy with the outcome.