January is a time for grand resolutions, some of which never last; fad diets, new gym memberships, while others persist. The commitment to upgrade your living space for instance, is a resolution worth sticking to because it sets you up for subsequent success. It’s proven that your house can hugely impact your health and happiness, with certain paint colours boosting feelings of relaxation and calm. With that in mind, 2020 should be the year that you aim to create a home that you love, and we are here to help make that resolution a reality. 

Plan

The first thing we recommend is to create a S.M.A.R.T plan made up of small, measurable, achievable, rewarding and time sensitive goals. Pick the rooms or areas you want to tackle first and set out a timeline for completion. It could be worthwhile to create a home improvement calendar, or you can simply use an online planner like Google calendar. This way you can map out every project, deciding the best season to paint and for which events you want to achieve certain goals. As an example, interior work can be started at any time while exterior renovations are best left to Spring/Summer when the weather is likely to be better. 

Scheduling your time now means that you can book painters in advance, keep yourself accountable and avoid leaving time sensitive projects to the last minute. After all, decorating your home should be fun and stress free! So be sure to give yourself enough time to sit back and enjoy your hard work.

One task at a time

Although the idea of renovating your entire home at once might be tempting, it isn’t always practical,especially without help. So remember that you don’t have to do everything in one year, in fact some projects are best spread out, to account for changing tastes and requirements. 

If you are nervous about taking the plunge, painting is the easiest place to start, because if you don’t like a colour you can always change it. It’s also the best way to transform a room on a budget. Just be sure when you map out the areas you want to paint, you take it one wall/room at a time. In the excitement you may want to rush ahead to the next area while you wait for the first lick of paint to dry. We would advise against this, as often we underestimate the amount of time a smaller space will take, and there is always the possibility that you will run out of paint. For home renovations, slow and steady wins the race.

Finish what you start 

In the same vein, be sure to always finish what you’ve started. Reinstalling fixtures, moving furniture back into place, storing your paint safely, these are all part of the painting/wallpapering process and the process isn’t completed until they are. Take this as motivation to declutter or to find a place for everything you want to keep. Remember that the point is to surround yourself with things you love. Put them on display, use them to highlight a feature wall or even paint the area that houses them to highlight them further. Make your home your sanctuary.

Have Fun 

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly have fun! Colour is a unique and personal way to impact the mood of your home. Play around and don’t be afraid to push your boundaries, especially if you're used to sticking to the one colour palette. Whether you want to inject warmth or character, you can find inspiration in our colour page, Pinterest or even in your favourite objects.

By following these simple guidelines you can turn resolutions into reality. By 2021 you will be living in your dream home, content in having accomplished your goals. If you have any questions, we are here to help. Get in touch here, or visit your local store.