Decorating your home is what makes it yours, putting your ideas into practice and creating living and working spaces that stamp your character on your interiors. There are plenty of things to think about, especially if you’re decorating your first home, so you should take plenty of time to plan your ideas. That’s especially important if you’re on a tight budget, but that shouldn’t stop you thinking creatively.

It’s certainly worth considering how long you would like your new décor to last – while certain items may seem expensive at the beginning, you can save money in the future by having hardwearing furniture and fittings so that you don’t keep having to replace things.

Fabulous flooring

Carpets are great, but they need regular attention in terms of vacuuming and cleaning, get worn after some time, and need to be replaced. Or you may get fed up of the colour and want something different. This is where wooden floors can make a difference. They are hardwearing, easy to keep clean, and lift any room in terms of ambience. They are also ideal if you suffer from dust allergies as they don’t trap allergens.

To brighten up wooden floors, put down attractive rugs that are machine washable, and use light but comfortable furniture to help set off the colours in the floor.

Rethinking windows

The first thought that probably comes to many people when thinking about window covers is “what type of curtains should I have?” Curtains are often the default mode for window coverings, but bear in mind that they collect dust and will probably need to be washed from time to time.

An attractive alternative is to install wooden window shutters that can be made to measure and will cover all shapes and sizes of windows. They give any room a cool, sleek look and feel, and they come in many different colors and types of wood. Added advantages include them being easy to clean – just wipe them down with a damp cloth – and their ability to let in as much or as little light as you want, thanks to maneuverable slats. You can cut out very hot sun and also use them as extra insulation when the weather turns cold.

Plan your lighting

Good lighting creates ambience in rooms, so consider both up lighters and down lighters as well as the ability to dim overhead or wall lights to create the atmosphere that you want.

Painting walls and wood

Look out for hardwearing paint to give your walls a makeover, especially if you have children. Mucky fingerprints can be wiped off quickly, and good-quality paint means that you won’t have to keep renewing it.

Fine furniture

It’s worth spending a little more at the outset for couches, chairs, and tables. They will last much longer and, once again, you won’t have constant renewal costs.

Back to the planning

Take that extra time to think through your options and develop a plan that ensures your home decorating not only looks great but will also last you for many years.

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