Decorating can be a costly exercise, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are things you can do to create a wow factor and keep spends to a minimum, it just takes careful planning and preparation.
At Marshels, we’ve put together our top tips to help you keep your decorating costs down, while giving you a home to be proud of.
Proper planning is essential for any home improvement project and it becomes even more important when you’re working to a strict budget. Doing some legwork before you start your project can go a long way, so be sure to write down all associated costs. This includes things like decorator’s caulk, painting equipment, paint, wallpaper and paste, not to mention tools like brushes and wallpaper pasting tables.
Working from some inspiration can also help keep you on the right track, so be sure to save any photos or magazine articles that you like.
- Accentuate with colour
You don’t always have to go down the route of expensive wallpaper to create a wow factor. Using paint colours to accentuate a room’s features can be the perfect way of creating a statement for a fraction of the price. Whether you use a lighter and darker shade from the same palette, or go for two completely contrasting colours, you’d be surprised at what can be achieved from paint alone.
- Use recycled paint
If you’re not fussy about what kind of colours you have in your home, there are recycled paint centres that remix leftover paints and sell cans at a small cost. While this option gives you less choice, it can be worth investigating if you’re looking to save your pennies.
- Call in the professionals
DIY is all well and good, but it can cost you more in the long run. Not only do you have to purchase expensive decorator’s tools like step ladders, rollers and brushes, you run the risk of making mistakes that are costly to fix.
There’s a lot that goes into a good quality decorating job, from filling and sanding cracks to smoothing out walls and applying paint so that it doesn’t leave marks. A professional usually achieves a much finer finish, making the likelihood of having to redo bits very unlikely – saving you time and money.
- Ask your decorator to buy your paints and materials
A professional decorator can get high quality decorating equipment, paints and wallpapers at a fraction of the cost that you see in DIY shops. That’s why it’s always a prudent idea to discuss your plans with the expert you have engaged to do the work. Not only does this ensure they get the right kind of tools for the job, it also saves you a fair chunk of money.
At Marshels, we use our decorating know how every day of the week to help people achieve their dream home. If you’re looking for a reputable, dependable decorator, why not contact us?