Finding your decorating comfort zone?


According to a recent survey carried out by Homebase it suggests that over 57% of people are not happy with their interior décor and have asked parents and friends for help and advice when decorating their homes, as they are not sure how to achieve ‘the look’ themselves.

We thought that 57% seemed quite a high percentage, but after asking a number of Anglian colleagues, we found that many people are happy to seek assistance from family and friends for the more general decorating jobs around the home.  The professionals were brought in to tackle the more specialist jobs i.e. building, plastering, plumbing and electrical work that are considered more skilled trades.

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Will you be making hasty decisions as to what colour the kitchen or lounge should be painted or what new flooring you will be laying?

After discussions amongst friends, it seems that a number of us take our time when making those decisions before putting the paint on the wall, ripping up the flooring or making any regrettable colour mistakes.
Although some of the team thought plastering, wallpapering and tiling would be fun to try, most thought that it may not have such a professional finish if they did it themselves.  One of the easier projects was considered to be curtain making and minor re-upholstery work.

In general, old trades and traditions that have previously been passed down to the next generation by our elders seem to be slipping away.

It seems that it has come to a point where we buy new or get the professionals in to do the work for a number of reasons: we don’t have as much spare time to do the work, we spend more time at work; we have more disposable income available  to us than ever before which means we can afford to buy in the skills; we lack training and confidence to do the work ourselves – we are not handing down the skills from one generation to the next (my dad’s DIY skills are varied with no project to big or small.

I have limited skills confined to smaller tasks, but I am willing to have a go at most things and learnt from scratch with the help of my dad); we can be lazy; also we are ‘taught’ as consumers that it is better to have new, shiny things than to mend old or recycle items.



If you are considering carrying out some decorating at home, and feel capable of achieving a professional finish, what do you need to consider?  Naomi Cleaver – Design Consultant and Interior Designer talked to Femalefirst about decorating in the home and gave some guidance you should consider before starting.
Our colleagues also suggested how they would prioritise what they would do in their homes when decorating:

–  Make a scrapbook or mood board of pictures from magazines of styles, textures and colours of the things that you would like to include in your rooms.

–  Consider the way the light shines into the room and makes the colours change and the room feel lighter or darker.

–  Think about what colours you would like to use and the styles that make you feel comfortable at home?

–  Decorate the room in the colours that you like, not necessarily the colours that are current or on trend.  Some strong colours you may get fed-up with after a short space of time, making you want to re-decorate sooner rather than later.

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–  Recycle and rejuvenate pieces of furniture for the room.  You do not always have to spend lots of money on new items.  Sometimes just by painting an item in a different colour it can give it a new lease of life and fit in with the décor you have chosen.

–  Draw a plan of your room and decide if you have the space to change the location of furniture in the room.  Instead of moving heavy pieces of furniture, measure and mark out the floor with masking tape for the new location of where furniture will stand.  It will give you a better idea of the space you will have available in the room.

–  Prepare the room for decorating, ensuring that you have all the equipment that you need to carry out the work.

–  If you are not sure or unable to achieve the decorating look yourself, ask for help, research books and look online for advice.

–  Set a decorating budget and stick to it.

We hope that whatever decorating project you choose to do in your home, it will give you immense satisfaction when the job is completed.

Always know your limits when it comes to DIY, but don’t be despondent if it does not go right the first time…..practice makes perfect!

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