How to Plan Your Next Big Decorating Project

Do you find yourself browsing sites like Pinterest and Houzz wishing your home matched the pretty pictures? Perhaps, you’ve visited a friend and been inspired by their beautiful open plan living area or maybe you’ve seen something on TV that has made you think of decorating your own house. Whatever the inspiration in this blog we’ll take a look at how to plan your next big decorating project to ensure it is successful.

Set a budget

When planning any renovation work for your house it is important to set yourself a realistic and affordable budget. You may have grand plans but if you don’t have the budget to match then you’ll quickly become frustrated and lose motivation. With a realistic budget in place, you can choose items based on price and ensure you don’t overspend.

Create a shortlist

When thinking about decorating a room it helps to create a shortlist of things that you want to include to create the look and feel you want. From using a mood board to listing items of furniture and furnishings that you like, understanding how you intend to use a room will help you create a shortlist of things that you need.

Once you know how you intend using the space you can think about spaces that inspire you and places that evoke the feelings you like. Think about these places and how they achieve these feelings as this is key to understanding how this can be achieved in your own home. This can be anything from the way that lighting is used to the feeling of luxury you get from deep, plush carpets.

Test your ideas

While a mood board is great for pulling together ideas for colours, images of spaces, patterns and other elements, nothing beats testing it out in your house. Get samples of wallpaper, paint, flooring to see how they look in your home. As the walls play such a central role in the décor of your home this is the place to start.

Wall choices

When deciding on your wall finishing you need to consider how you want these to look and some of the choices include painted walls using a single colour, wallpapered walls using a single paper, painted or wallpapered walls with a different wallpaper or painted colour on one wall (feature wall), or painted walls with paint effect, colour blocking or vinyl wall stickers.

You can use colour cards, wallpaper samples and paint tester pots to test these out and make your choice based on what looks good in your home. When using paint tester pots use an A4 piece of white card to avoid painting directly on your walls and hang this in different places in your room to see how the paint is affected by light at different times of the day.


The look and feel of flooring play a big part in how a room feels so make sure you take this into account when making your decision. Flooring samples are easy to obtain and can help you get a feel for how different flooring would look in your home. Make sure to pair these up with your paint and wallpaper choices to see how they work together.

Soft furnishings

Curtains, rugs and cushions are all used to help pull a room together so make sure that you consider these when making your decision for your room. These also need to be added to your budget if you will be changing the soft furnishings to match your newly inspired interior.

Find a decorator

Once you’ve done the hard work of deciding exactly what you want it’s time to find yourself a decorator to complete your project and give your room a professional finish that is free from hassle.