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This post is in collaboration with Travis Perkins but all opinions and questionable decorating tips are my own.
Last month, I began a new series on LJLV surrounding the theme of interiors as at some point this year Joseph and myself will be moving in together for the first time. I realised that I hadn’t actually continued this series throughout March so I thought it was about time I added to it with a cheeky lil’ post giving you 5 things to consider when decorating your home.
- Can you actually do it? Ok so first of all is probably the most obvious thing to consider when considering changing the look of your home – do you actually have permission to make these changes? Often if you’re living in rented accommodation, your landlord will have put a little clause into your contract regarding what they consider acceptable changes, and what they don’t. If you’re just looking to paint your walls white you’ll probably be ok, but that hand painted Stranger Things mural you were considering for the living room wall? Maybe not…
- Budget – I hate to be a killjoy but if your bank account is anything like mine at the moment embarking on an expensive overhaul of your abode might not be financially viable. If you’re decorating on a budget, consider avoiding expensive brand names and set yourself a target of one room at a time. Sure it will take longer but your bank account will thank you for it in the long run.
- Tools – have you got the tools for the job? There’s nothing worse than embarking on a daring new interior project to discover halfway through that you’re lacking the crucial implements to get the task done. Luckily Travis Perkins have more than enough tools to go around so you can decorate to your heart’s content.
- Matchy matchy – will you be changing the carpets or walls but leaving your furniture the same? I’m probably stating the obvious here, but consider the fact that your new interior inspiration might not match with the furniture you already have. This is particularly common in rental properties where you have to keep the landlord’s existing furniture – you may be dreaming of an all white blogger’s paradise but your furniture is five different shades of brown and not one of them instagrammable. Save yourself the disappointment and work with what you have – as the saying goes, you can’t polish a turd.
- Theme – if you’re lucky enough to be in a place where you can decorate to your hearts content and you have all your own furniture, then my final piece of advise would be to consider a theme for your whole flat/house. That way each room will compliment the other with subtle differences that allow them to stand on their own too.
For me, I’m looking forward to a clean, white, minimal style apartment which gives both myself and Joseph the headspace to be fully creative. I do want it to have some 20’s inspired accents however, and lots of plant life and greenery.
Do you have any top tips for decorating your home? Be sure to leave them in the comments below.
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This post is in collaboration with Travis Perkins but all opinions are my own.