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How to plan for a DIY interior renovation.

Welcome to the world of interior design! It's a magical place where art and science come together to create beautiful and functional spaces. It's not just about picking out the perfect paint colour or finding the right furniture pieces. Every aspect of the renovation process, from the initial design to the final touches, requires careful consideration to ensure that you don't break the bank. I'm here to give you some tips and guidance on how to plan for your DIY interior renovation.

Lets GO! Start just by thinking about what you want from the space, or looking for ideas so you can make the most of what you've got. It can be hard but don't stress, and lets get into the nitty-gritty of how to research, plan, and implement, to make sure you're spending time and money in the right areas, and wisely. And a few fun and creative ways you can tackle some DIY projects on your own to save some cash.

By the time we're finished, you'll be energized and informed, and ready to tackle your interior renovation project with confidence. Who knows, you may even have some extra money left over to treat yourself to some fancy new decor from!

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” - Benjamin Franklin

Tip #1 - Research Or Ideas

Interior design is not just about making a space look pretty, it's about creating an environment that enhances the well-being of its occupants. And the key to achieving this is through proper research. But don't worry, it's not as boring as it sounds. Here are five ideas to get you started on your research planning:

  1. Create a mood board: Gather images, fabrics, and textures that inspire you and put them together on a board. This will help you visualize the style and look you want to achieve.

  2. Ask for ideas: Reach out to friends, family, or colleagues who have recently undertaken an interior design project. Ask them for recommendations on designers, contractors, or suppliers.

  3. Attend design events: Keep an eye out for local design events and attend as many as you can. This is a great way to get inspired and network with professionals in the industry.

  4. Visit showrooms: Visit showrooms and design stores to get a sense of the different products and materials available. This will also help you identify the brands and suppliers you may want to work with.

  5. Take online courses: There are many online courses and webinars available that can help you gain a deeper understanding of interior design principles and techniques. Some may even offer certification upon completion.

Remember, the more thorough your research, the more successful your interior design project will be. So have fun with it and get creative!

Tip #2 - Planning or Deciding

Alright, so you've got an idea of what you want your interior design project to look like, but how do you actually make it happen? That's where planning comes in. This stage is all about creating a roadmap to guide you through the process. To make your planning effective, here are five ideas to keep in mind:

  1. Break it down: Create a detailed list of all the tasks involved in your project, from sourcing materials to installing lighting. This will help you stay organized and focused as you work.

  2. Setting your budget: Be realistic about how much you can afford to spend and allocate your funds accordingly. Don't forget to factor in unexpected costs like shipping fees or hiring professionals.

  3. Timescales: Decide on a timeline for your project and work. This will help you stay on track and avoid last-minute scrambles.

  4. Anticipate challenges: Every project has its obstacles, so try to anticipate potential issues and come up with solutions before they arise. This could involve researching alternative materials or having a backup plan in case of delays.

  5. Get feedback: Don't be afraid to ask for input from friends, family, or professionals in the industry. Getting a fresh perspective can help you spot potential issues and refine your vision. I find keeping the questions to "how to" rather then, encouraging passing comment on the look, as that will be personal to you.

"The best rooms have something to say about the people who live in them." - David Hicks

Remember, effective planning is key to a successful interior design project. Take the time to create a thorough plan, and you'll be well on your way to achieving your dream space. And if all else fails, just throw some paint on the walls and call it a day - I hear that's what the pros do, anyway.

Kidding, of course!

Tip #3 - Concept and Design

So now, at this stage you should be ready to turn your home into a Pinterest-worthy paradise! Well, before you start hammering and sawing, let's talk about two key areas of effective planning. Trust me, it will save you from ending up with a disaster zone instead of a dream home.

First things first, concept development. You may have already started this from tip one, so be sure to carry that forward. This is where you let your creativity run wild and start creating a design brief. Think about the overall look and feel you want to achieve, and consider the themes, colours, and styles you want to incorporate. Are you going for a bohemian chic vibe, or more of a modern industrial look? Make sure to consider the layout and flow of the space as well, and how different elements will work together. Check out this other blog here.

Now, let's move on to design development. Once you have a solid design concept in place, it's time to start developing the details of your design. Get out your sketchpad or start creating 3D models and mood board developments, and select specific materials and finishes that align with your concept. This other blog post may com in handy here.

The details are not the details. They make the design. - Charles Eames

Don't forget to work with manufacturers and suppliers or even interior designers to source the necessary components. And hey, if you're feeling fancy, consider any lighting, acoustics, heating, bars, dens, snugs and entertainment rooms, all elements personal to you, that need to be considered. List, list list everything you are confirmed on, and ditch everything you are a little unsure of, it will make it so much easier

Tip #4 - Implementation or Install

Getting there, you've finally made it to the most exciting part of your home redesign journey - the implementation stage. It's time to bring all your hard work and planning to life! This is where the real fun begins - but also where things can get a little tricky. So, buckle up and let's dive into some tips to ensure that your implementation goes without a hitch.

The implementation stage involves all the hands on tasks, from painting and wallpapering to installing furniture and accessories. It's important to carefully manage the project to ensure that everything is done according to plan, and any issues or challenges are addressed promptly.

First things first, make sure you have all the necessary tools and materials on hand before you start. The last thing you want is to have to run to the hardware store in the middle of your project. Trust me; I've been there, and it's not pretty. So, take stock of everything you need beforehand and make a list.

Next, set a realistic timeline and stick to it. You don't want to be living in a construction zone for longer than necessary. It's essential to have a clear idea of how long each task will take and to plan accordingly. And remember, Rome wasn't built in a day - neither will your dream home be, so if you have set back then just adjust your timeline.

Another point is to prioritize your tasks and put them in order off applications. For example, you don't want to hang art work on a wall that hasn't been papered yet, you don't want to get the new sofa delivered when you have to lay a floor. Don't get bogged down with small details and forget about the bigger picture. Start with the most critical tasks and work your way down. That way, if something unexpected comes up, you'll still have the most important things taken care of or be able to commit to the change easily.

Communication is key. If you're working with a team or contractors, make sure everyone is on the same page. Clearly communicate your expectations, timelines, and any other details to ensure that everyone is working towards the same goal. Remember though that changes will cause delays no matter how small they are.

Lastly, don't forget to have fun! This is your chance to make your home truly yours, so enjoy the process. Blast some tunes, crack open a cold one (if that's your thing), and get to work!

Grab your paintbrushes and get ready to transform your space into a work of art!

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Tip #5 - Sit Back & Enjoy

You've put in a lot of effort, blood (hopefully not though) sweat, and tears (hopefully not too many tears) into creating your dream space. Now, it's time to evaluate the success of your project and see if it's living up to your expectations. To start let's not forget about the most important part of evaluating your interior design project - asking your dog what they think. After all, they're the ones who will be lounging on your new sofa all day. And let's be honest, their opinion matters more than anyone else's.

Reflect on any lessons learned and how you can apply them to future projects as it will make it much easier to repeat the process, even if your going for a different look. Maybe you realized that you need to pay more attention to lighting or that you should have gone with a different colour scheme. Whatever it is, use it as a learning experience to make your next project even better, or make the adjustments if you just cant live with it!

Here are five ideas to keep in mind:

  1. Create a questionnaire to gather feedback from everyone who will be using the space, and even answer it yourself.

  2. Use a data tracking apps to measure energy consumption or any other relevant metrics, like the nest app or smart gadgets you have.

  3. Take before and after photos to compare the success of the project visually.

  4. Take notes throughout the project to remember any challenges or successes you encountered.

  5. Reflect on your project goals and see if they were achieved, and if not, why not?

Remember, evaluating your interior design project is a crucial step in the process. It allows you to improve and grow and create even more amazing spaces in the future, but also to sit back, relax and be proud of what you've accomplished, its not just about making others jealous or making a statement, its about making the home your own!

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Here are 10 DIY decoration ideas that don't involve just painting or wallpapering, that you could plan and install yourself:

  1. Hang Some Plants - Turn your wall into a vertical garden by hanging some plants. Just make sure to choose plants that are suitable for indoor spaces, like pothos, spider plant, or snake plant. And don't forget to water them!

  2. Create a Gallery Wall - Show off your personality by hanging a collection of art, photographs, and other memorabilia. Plan the layout beforehand and use templates to ensure that everything is in the right place.

  3. Use Wall Panels and Decals - Want to add some to your wall without committing to a permanent change? Try using wall decals or carefully hung panels. Just make sure to avoid a rough finish by following the instructions carefully and smoothing out any air bubbles and use a spirt or laser level to get the starting pieces level.

  4. Hang a Tapestry - Add some bohemian vibes to your room by hanging a tapestry on your wall. Make sure to choose a tapestry that matches the overall colour scheme of your room.

  5. Add Mirrors - Mirrors not only reflect light, but they also create the illusion of a larger space. Just make sure to avoid disaster by hanging them securely and avoiding any potential glare.

  6. Install Shelves - Show off your favourite books, knick-knacks, and other treasures by installing some shelves on your wall. Use sturdy brackets and avoid overloading the shelves.

  7. Hang a Wreath - Add some seasonal flair to your wall by hanging a wreath. Choose a wreath that is appropriate for indoor use and hang it securely.

  8. Create a Statement Wall - Make a bold statement by creating a wall that features a unique texture or pattern, such as wood panelling, brick, or even a tapestry. Make sure to hire a professional if you're not confident in your DIY skills.

  9. Hang a Rug - Add some texture and warmth to your wall by hanging a rug. Just make sure that it is easy to clean and hang it securely.

  10. Use Lighting - Create a cosy ambiance by installing some wall sconces or other lighting fixtures on your wall. To avoid death or shocks, hire an electrician if you're not comfortable working with electricity.

There you have it, 10 ideas that are easy, and will make your space feel like a true reflection of you. Now go forth, plan and DIY those walls!

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By thinking about the ideas, principles and strategies provided in my book, you will be equipped with the knowledge, understandings, and ideas you may not have thought about before. This allows you to then design a space with confidence, helping you to unleash your own unique design prowess.

You'll be able to figure out what areas to focus on, be ready to create you project brief, look into focal points or rooms in the home you are tackling and think about adding some cheeky personality to the spaces by thinking outside the box a little.

You can pick up this book at any point before, during, or after the projects, think of it as a mini design guru to refer to when you need to make an informed decision.

Whether you choose to embark on a DIY adventure, seek the guidance of an interior designer, or combine both approaches, in this book you'll have the key to infuse your space with your own authentic personality. Let your home be a reflection of you.

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Thanks reading and good luck with your journey in becoming a planning pro for your DIY interior renovation project! Remember, research, planning, and effective installs are the keys to a successful project. So, have fun with your research, get creative with your planning, let your imagination run wild with your design concepts and get your hands dirty making it a reality, and if your not wanting to get dirty, get someone in to help you. If all else fails, just throw some paint on the walls and call it a day - but let's hope it doesn't come to that! Good luck with your renovation, and I can't wait to see your final results!


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