Remodeling and decorating your home is really exciting but it can also be expensive and daunting, to say the least.
Do you know what it is like to walk into a room and just feel the comfort and want to stay there?
That’s my goal when I remodel a room.
For whatever reason you decide to remodel your home, you will need coordinated lists and steps to organize your project before you start.
I need to begin this with- I am not a decorator. In fact, I have trouble hanging pictures straight or at the right height.
My idea of decorating has been to buy a piece of furniture, a lamp, pictures, rugs, etc- but never at the same time! I am never sure if what I have is still in “style’ when I buy something new.
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I Learned to Remodel the Hard Way
A couple of years ago we had a fire in our home resulting in every room needing to be remodeled, and my skills at list-making became a very necessary “system.”
All of a sudden I was forced to put my lack of creative skills to work and honestly I didn’t’ know where to start. Thankfully, there are wonderful resources to help people like me.
I admit I had lots of advice from family and friends, but they didn’t always agree with each other. Then, throw my husband’s suggestions in and you can quickly understand my confusion.
You may also find that asking for opinions isn’t always the best idea.
Choosing colors, design, and decorating are really personal and I found the best way is to be sure YOU like it because you are the one living in that room every day.
I will say my daughter’s advice and taste were appreciated because she knew so much more about what the trends are now and she has always had a good “sense” of color and design.
Step 1: Making a Remodeling Plan
When you want to start making big changes in your house, it can be very scary because you know it will be pretty expensive and you want it to look wonderful.
Having a plan in place before you start greatly reduces the chances of making a BIG mistake!
It’s not like you can start over once you have invested so much money and time.
I am not the best decision-maker and I tend to second guess many of my choices. So, I really do a lot of research when I am buying something big or taking on a big project.
Actually, having a plan in place makes it fun because you know where you are going and can set your own pace for getting there.
Remodeling isn’t a project that needs to happen overnight.
Start out an over-all, big-picture plan.
Using the free decorating planner, which is set up like a workbook for your whole house, walk from room to room and start making a list of everything you need or would like to replace for that room, and also make note what you would like to keep.
As you are walking around your house, you may decide you need to declutter a bit first and will find How to Organize and Declutter Your Home very helpful and reduce the stress of getting it done.
Don’t worry about style, color, etc. Just make a list. For example a family room list might look like this:
• Flooring (wood, laminate, carpet, tile, stone)
• Area rugs
• Ceiling fan
• Furniture for sitting
• TV and stand or mounting
• Ceiling lights
• Table lamps
• Window coverings
Paint, Paint, Paint
What are your favorite colors, do you know?
I recommend taking time to go to websites, magazines, and Pinterest and just look at the colors of the rooms.
When you see a room that makes you feel good just by looking at, save it!
Eventually, you will start to see that you are gravitating toward one color group.
I LOVE paint chips, so when you see a color scheme you like, head to your nearest paint store and start a collection. Paint chips can help you keep colors coordinated, and allow you to have soft and bold colors at the same time.
I have well over 100 paint chips! I carry the colors I chose in my purse all the time just in case I’m out shopping and stumble upon throw pillows or the perfect piece of art and need to coordinate the color.
Plan Color for All of Your Rooms
Don’t worry if your spouse likes “light” colors and you like bolder, darker colors. You can both be happy by really using the colors that coordinate on the paint strips you chose.
I never ever thought I would paint my living room walls with the lightest color choice, but in the end, I did and love it!!
The other colors look beautiful in hallways, bedrooms, and bathrooms. I even found some small end tables to paint with the darkest shade and they turned out beautiful.
You probably already know you can buy little jars of sample paint. This is great because you can put a little on your walls to see the color in all light.
Take your time and be sure to step back and see how the colors will flow to adjoining rooms and hallways.
I swear, I had the living room ⅓ painted with samples before I finally settled on colors. But in the end, it was all worth it and turned out even prettier than I imagined.
Painting is something you can start with as soon as you have a plan for each room, and still tackle one room at a time because now you now have a color scheme.
One more thing about paint, research quality. I’m not recommending a certain brand of paint but I am suggesting you use high-quality paint that covers well, it’s worth the investment.
Step Two: Research New Remodeling Ideas
This next step is the most time consuming but also the most fun. You get to shop and shop without spending any money (yet).
You already have a plan, so you are ready for details. Depending on your personality, you may look at the whole project together, or take one room at a time.
Really, some people like to see the “big picture” right away and others like to work step by step.
Either way, you need a Remodeling Planner with a page for each room.
Get a free copy of the planner I created for myself and keep all your work together in one place.
Be sure to go to File, Make a Copy, Save as Your Own
I pretty much lived on the Houzz App saving my favorite rooms.
I also searched and purchased from :
Pinterest is Your New Best Friend.
Make a board on Pinterest for each room OR make a board for each topic. ( flooring, furniture, paint, etc)
Start saving all of the ideas you find.- Pin and take notes in your planner. As you narrow your choices, don’t delete any pins because you may need them later or someone else will appreciate all of your hard work.
Don’t forget to look at your floors. Are you going to add new carpet or new flooring?
I knew I wanted hardwood floors, so area rugs came to the top of my list fast and the many choices soon became overwhelming.
I did my research here and am happy to share with you what I found in 5-Important Tips to Use When Buying Area Rugs, where tips on size, color, material, and placement will be very helpful.
Step 3: Finalize Your Remodeling Plan
Your Planner should look very messy with lots of notes and scribbles. It may be a good idea to print a clean copy and enter in your final choices, but don’t throw away your drafts!!
You now have a list of what you like for each room with vendors. item numbers, colors, and prices. You have likely been aware of your budget along the way, but now is the time to re-calculate and make adjustments.
The next step of finalizing is to Prioritize.
Where do you want to start?
Step 4: You Got This
You now not only have a complete plan to remodel or decorate your home, but you also have a picture of what it will look like when it is completed, and you know you are going to love it!
Knowing you have the “big picture” planned you don’t need to feel overwhelmed or a sense of urgency. Just enjoy changing one room at a time.
The other nice thing about your new plan is that you can go as slowly as a budget allows or quicker if need be.
Remember to download your Free Decorating Planner.
Please send me questions and suggestions. I would love to hear how the planner works for you. Let me know in the comments below!
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