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You should know before redecorating

May 29, 2018 By Southpoint Tuggeranong

If you’re planning to redecorate a room, you may be feeling a sense of trepidation. It can be overwhelming to make all the brilliant ideas swirling around in your head translate into a cohesive and beautiful space. The best way to tackle it is by using a step by step approach. Identify your style A mood board is exactly what you need at the beginning of the process. You can use this to identify and refine the style you’re aiming for. At this stage, it’s important to decide on your inspiration for the space. It could be a colour palette, a piece of artwork or a particular interior ‘style’. Whatever inspires you, a mood board is a great visual tool and can really help you clarify the colours and pieces that will complement the space. Assess what you have and what you need Once you’ve got a solid mood board, it’s time to look at the pieces you already own. The best way to save money when redecorating is to repurpose what you have - if they fit the overall look and feel you’re aiming for. If not, it may be possible to refresh them by reupholstering an item or even repainting - chalk paint is an upcyclers best friend and can totally change the look of an old piece of furniture, particularly when paired with new hardware. Alternatively, you may want to donate or sell excess pieces to make way for your gorgeous new pieces! Start shopping It’s always a good idea to start with the largest pieces for the room, making sure you consider scale so they work in your space. For example, if you’re redecorating a living room, your seating is going to be a dominating piece of furniture, so it’s important to get the size and configuration perfect! Once the big bits are sorted, work your way through the smaller pieces. Invest in your statement pieces. They are the heart of the room, and you’ll never regret buying the perfect item. Begin styling Once you’ve purchased your key items, it’s time for the fun to begin. It’s a good idea to play around with a few different layouts – moving the larger pieces of furniture around into different configurations – before deciding on the layout that best suits the room. Once you’re happy with your furniture placement, you can introduce smaller décor, artwork and accessories. Add finishes one at a time, this way you can ensure you’re happy with the placement of everything in the room, and keep the space feeling cohesive. Edit and refine the space The final step is to look at the space as a whole and edit and refine. You may find the space is looking a little flat or empty and could benefit from more texture or life – natural materials like woven baskets or indoor plants work wonders here. On the other hand, if there’s too much going on, you may need to take some pieces away or simplify the colour palette. An easy colour ratio to follow is 60-30-10 where 60% of the room is predominantly one colour, 30% another colour and 10% an accent colour. It’s a good idea to make at least one of these colours a neutral, such as white, cream or grey, to offer balance. Another handy tip to make a space feel refined is to create smaller arrangements. For example, using a stylish tray where you can place a stack of books, candle and smaller décor. A touch of metallic is always a winning trick too. Image credit Oh.Eight.Oh.Nine Shop the look Quilt cover from $119.99 Luxury fur throw $104.49 Linen grey throw from $71.99 Ceramic pot with wooden stand $39 Dusty rose cushion $34.99 Fur cushion from $32.99 Garment rack $29.00 Floral artwork $19.00 Grey felt basket $12.00 Glazed vase $7.00 Vanilla candle $6.00

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