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December 4, 2015

4 Dumb Excuses Keeping You From Decorating Your Home

by Kim

4 dumb excuses keeping your from decorating your home

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Decorating a home can be one of life’s greatest pastimes. But for many, it’s a daunting task. Lack of funds, time and design taste, combined with an overwhelming fear you may make a mistake paralyzes many homeowners from completing even the most basic decorating tasks, like hanging a picture or choosing a paint color.

With a new year hot on our heels, it’s time to stop procrastinating and start finishing decorating projects around the house.

Bad Design Taste

Not everyone is lucky to be born with good design taste. But lacking good decorating sense doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to a poorly decorated home. You just need to simply ask someone for help, whether it means hiring a professional or asking a fashionable friend to give you some pointers.

Certified interior designers can be expensive, so if you don’t have the budget, consider a decorating service like Homepolish, which will design your whole room for a flat fee, complete with a shopping list of items.

Many brands and big box retailers have complimentary decorating services for customers considering decorating their home with their products. For example, Decorview offers free in-home design consultations to homeowners considering custom window treatments. When you sign up for a consultation, an experienced window coverings expert will bring samples to your home and help you choose the perfect blinds, shades, shutters or drapery to match your existing decor.

Fear of making a mistake

As long as you’re comfortable with the price point and the project fulfills an actual need, then chances are, there’s nothing to fear and you’ll be happy with the outcome. And let’s be real, unless you’re knocking down walls or completely gutting your home, most decorating faux pas, like picking the wrong paint color can be fixed, it just will take a bit of time and elbow grease.

And if you’re still too paralyzed by fear to start a project, try doing a bit of research beforehand.   A simple google or Pinterest search will come back with millions of tips and tricks to do just about any project, from hanging a gallery wall to how to pick out the perfect counter-top.

And when in doubt, you always have the option of hiring a professional to handle all the details.

No Money

It’s no secret that decorating a home costs money, luckily Pinterest and a strong DIY movement make it easier than ever to achieve a glossy lifestyle on the cheap, it just takes some creativity and patience.

But there are some things like new furniture, appliances or custom window treatments that will always be an investment. If you don’t have the cash on hand to make a purchase consider taking advantage of no interest financing, so you can decorate your home today and pay off your purchase in manageable bite-sized chunks over time.

No Time

As optimistic as many of us are, most home renovations and projects take a lot longer than expected. And with most of us leading pretty busy lives, it can be be hard to set aside several hours or even days to complete decorating tasks.

If progress on your home seems slow, or worse yet, stalled, consider breaking your project into smaller tasks you can easily fit into your schedule. Before you know it, you’ll be checking things off your to-do list.

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Kim

Kim is a window treatment and drapery certified designer helping clients in Ottawa and surrounding Ontario communities find the perfect window treatments for their homes. She has more than 14 years of experience in interior design and window coverings.

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