If you have decided that it is past time to redesign your home, there are a number of things that you will need to consider. Your ideas will depend on a host of many different factors. If you are planning to do the job yourself, there are many guides and tips that can help you. If you are planning to hire a design firm or contractor, there are other things that you will need to consider.
The cost of your redesign project will depend on the specific room that you are designing, the size of the space you are working with, and your specific goals for your project. The time required will also depend on these factors. You cannot expect to completely redesign every room in your home all at the same time. Multiple rooms will take time and if you are hiring a contractor or interior design firm, you can inquire about the length of time required for the finished project prior to hiring.
You may also want to inquire about cost before you hire a specific designer. Most will gladly come to your home and give you an estimate based on the room you are designing as well as your goals for the project. If you are planning to do this work yourself, spend a bit of time getting an idea of the products that you will need and compare prices from different retailers and home improvement stores so that you have a fair idea of the overall cost.
Even if you are planning to do the work yourself, it is a good idea to speak with a professional designer or contractor, particularly if you are making major renovations. You can easily get the home space that you want through various design techniques and a professional design firm or contractor can help to ensure that this space does not take more time than it should to complete.
However, the best advise to be given is to hire a professional practice who will provide a comprehensive architectural and interior design service. This could be for any residential, commercial or hospitality property. Using an experienced design team who are experts in the field of decorative and/or structural design means that they will place absolute importance on understanding the particular needs and wishes of you, the client, for a personalised service and delivering the project to an uncompromisingly high standard.
There are a number of tricks and tips that can help you to give the illusion of a larger room. If you have a small bedroom, bathroom or even living room, you can easily give people the impression that the room is a bit larger than it actually is, simply by applying a few interior design tricks to your décor.
First, smaller rooms tend to look cluttered so it is important that you remove everything that you do not actually need in the room. Magazines, mail and other papers should be organized and put away somewhere out of sight if possible. Baskets are perfect for helping to organize papers. Pick up a few inexpensive baskets and store your mail and other important documents in those on shelves or anywhere that you have room. Keeping those papers and books from cluttering up tables will help to make the room seem a bit larger.
Larger furniture normally does not work well in smaller rooms. Choosing smaller furniture items is much better so if you can, move out larger pieces of furniture and replace them with smaller items. Sofas that have thinner arms as opposed to overly stuffed arms are a good choice for small rooms. Smaller beds without footboards are also good choices for small bedrooms. Vintage furniture tends to have a smaller appearance so if you can find vintage pieces, these will work great to give you more space in your small room and vintage furniture is typically relatively inexpensive.
One trick for making a small room appear larger is to avoid furniture with hidden legs. In the living room for instance, your sofa and chairs should have legs that show underneath as opposed to bulkier pieces that hide the legs. Beds should not have a dust ruffle unless of course you want to store things under the bed and hide them from view. Under bed storage is an excellent way to free up space so that the room is less cluttered but if you are not utilizing underneath the bed for storage, allow the floor to show. It will help the room look as if it has more space.
Mirrors are excellent for adding space that is not really there. Mirrors can be integrated into your design and the reflection gives the illusion of more space. The light that reflects off the mirrors will also help to expand the room so place them across from windows if possible or anywhere on the wall where light can reflect from them easily.
Finally, using lighter colours is best in small rooms. Darker colours tend to pull in the room and make it appear more crowded and small. Lighter colours will brighten up your room and give the appearance of much more space than you actually have.
Just a couple of these tips will help you to make your smaller rooms look larger. If you incorporate all of them, you may be surprised at just how much space your small room actually has.