Are you starting a home remodeling project but are overwhelmed by what to do first, where to start, where to splurge? Take these tips to start you off on the right path for your remodeling journey. 

When you are starting a remodeling project house-flipping shows and home networks on television may make decorating your space may seem like a daunting task, especially if you buy a property that requires a lot of renovations and remodeling. Remodels can be overwhelming and exciting; you might have an itch to dive headfirst, spewing ideas about what to hang above the fireplace, which color would look best for the kitchen cabinets, and how to arrange the furniture. Once you have lived in a place long enough, you will realize there is always an opportunity to rearrange and be creative with your space, so everything does not have to be done all at once, and it is possible to create a beautiful space without drying out your bank account.

 

 

SOLUTION ONE

Pick One Room To Start In

SOLUTION TWO

Zero In On One Design Theme

SOLUTION THREE

Pick One Or Two Places To Splurge

SOLUTION ONE

Pick One Room To Start In

Start by pick one room to focus on at a time. As you move further into your remodel, you may be able to tackle more than one room at a time. Some rooms may not need as much to overhaul, so you can remodel them at the same time. Other times tearing up two rooms at a time makes moe sense so you can not have to endure the destruction as long for highly used rooms by doing them one after another. Be sure to do as much planning ahead of time for the most highly used rooms, so the project moves forward as quickly as possible. Think of the screw lengths needed, the painter’s tape, outlet covers, how many rollers or any trim pieces you mat need so that anything that could take up unnecessary time you catch before the project starts. For the first room though we suggest you pick one, and only one room. This will allow you to figure out a real pace for how long the other rooms will take before you bite off more than you can chew and are stepping overpower drills and caulk guns for months because you didn’t realize the scale of the project.

You could choose to start in your bedroom because it is a space you use every day but not a space many other people see. Beginning in the bedroom allows you to take the most risks, make the most mistakes, and the least amount will see it of people.

It can also be a chance for you to see the finished product of your design choice and adjust. Maybe you are thinking of transitional farmhouse, modern, or new age traditional. If you start with a living room often you can see one or more rooms from that vantage point. If you learn after doing that room that your crown molding skills or your use of color pops was a little off and you adjust in other rooms, it will still be seen together. By choosing a bedroom, you can isolate the design curve and learning curve.

 

 

SOLUTION TWO

Zero In On One Design Theme

Another excellent starting point is identifying a theme or vibe you want the atmosphere to reflect, and move forward with that focal point in mind. You can look at these design themes to help guide you:

Picture each room with that design aesthetic in mind and see if you can picture five main remodeling features for each room. For instance, if you are standing in your powder room, what are five theme-specific upgrades you can do? Paint color, the faucet, a mirror, wallpaper, towels, sink basin.

Then see how easy it is to do the upgrade. If you are doing a traditional bathroom you will want a more ornate towel bar, or if you are doing a modern remodel you will want a more sleek and simple design. Is what you have in your minds eye easy to find and in your budget? It is up to you to determine if this design theme is possible visually and financially.

See these design gurus’ for design theme and DIY project inspiration:

 

[ALL AROUND POWER HOUSES REMODELISTA & REMODELAHOLIC]

Costal Cottage
This Mamas Dance
Bright & Traditional
Young House Love
Timeless Modern
 COCOCOZY
Personality & Pop Of Color
OLD BRAND NEW
Clean & Traditional
Victoria Elizabeth Barnes

SOLUTION THREE

Pick One or Twos Places To Splurge

Once you make sure the design theme can apply to every room in the house, pick your first room you want to start on (see above SOLUTION ONE) and find an aspect of the room that would benefit from you spending the bulk of your budget and energy on.

Maybe it is a wow piece of furniture from 1st Dibs, a beautiful area rug from Kilim, or gorgeous tiles from Ann Sacks.

Pick a single splurge article before beginning the project, then choosing other decorations will be a bit easier because you have that original piece as reference to see if your new additions complement or clash with the space.

Maybe you spend your budget on an area you are not comfortable doing, like hiring painters, refinishing the floors or changing out all the lighting.

Painting and flooring are always two ways to change a room completely. If you hire painters you will might save your patience right off the bat for the many other projects you will have to tackle. When it comes to paint, go with neutrals, especially shades of white. A good motto to follow is, “When in doubt, white it out” because whites serve as a good base that you can enhance with decorations; the pictures, knick-knacks, and anything else you choose to decorate with will bring the room to life and represent you–its creator. It is also good to use white in smaller spaces because it is less going on for the eye to take in. If your design is more modern, go with a true white. If you have a more traditional home, go with a Dove White, Linen White, or Ballet White. If you want to make a big design impact or can not live in white walls and prefer colors, identify the space you want to paint and then base the color on that. Color matching is a great way to set the tone for a room. Kitchens and bathrooms are typically the rooms you can get away with brighter colors like yellows, purples, and blues. Neutrals are usually preferred for living and dining rooms because they open up the space and brighten the area. While lighter colors may be preferred for bedrooms, that may not be the best if you do not have the right blinds to darken the area to sleep. Since bedrooms represent rest, a color that brightens the space might have the opposite effect. If you want to bring light into the room while maintaining a level of serenity, opt for a pale shade of blue, which promotes relaxation. Another option is to paint a single wall a darker color, which will balance the light that enters the room while creating an illusion of a larger space. Hardwood is a timeless change because it is classic but can be tailored for your style based on the material, grain, and stain you pick. If natural hardwood is not in your budget, laminate is an affordable alternative. It can also be styled further with a rug, which you can always add to the space later on.

If you choose flooring as your splurge, make sure it is something you can either change throughout the house or is already in place in other rooms the house. You should never have a place that you stand in your home that you can see three or more types of flooring. Once those areas are addressed, the rest is the fun part where you decide how to add to the space based on the theme you chose or on your personal preference.

Design is a process, remember that. You don’t wear the same style of clothes you did 20 years ago, right? Your room will evolve, just like your style has. Especially because not everything can be finished in a day, or a week, or a month, and not everything will seem finished even when you have checked off every task on your list. Your home represents you and your taste. It should be a place you are proud of and excited to come back to at the end of the day. While remodeling has no rules, these tips can serve as a guide for people starting renovations or stuck in the middle of the process.

 

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