There is light at the end of the tunnel. The end of winter is only a few months away. We have endured the early nights and waited patiently for the sun to rise three hours late. Now is the time you may like to make plans for your spring and summer projects that will reinvigorate your home. A change is as good as a rest after all.
We probably spend most of our time in the living room, and this will be our project of choice today. Here is a simple step by step guide to achieving great results and a room to be proud of.
Cover, or remove as much of your furniture from the room as is practically possible. Have a cup of tea. Next comes the removal of any wallpaper. Steamers are so cheap to buy these days that hiring them doesn’t make sense anymore. An essential tool for the decorator, they can save you hours, or even days, of back breaking labour.
Using a steamer is simple. Fill with water to the marked level and switch it on. Have a cup of tea. When the water is boiling, apply the steam plate to the wall. Only for five seconds to begin. Then try to remove the paper. try ten seconds with the next piece. You will soon find the required time for your paper. It is important not to overdo it though as it will cause serious damage to your plaster.
Fill and sand any cracks in the wall. Rub the woodwork down with medium grade sandpaper to give a key for the new covering.
Preparation is the biggest section in our guide as it is probably the most important step to achieving that high quality look for which you strive..
Have a cup of tea.
Paint the ceiling next in the colour of your choice. White is most the most commonly used colour but, if you have a great imagination, go with your own choice.
If you are choosing to have the walls painted, that is your next job. Matt emulsion covers the walls better than silk, but cannot be wiped clean as easily, so make your decision on which to use.
Then comes painting or varnishing the woodwork
Make a statement about your style by choosing an exciting new, or even retro, design. Many people have paper on just one wall. What will you do?
Can you consider new flooring too? Flooring has a dramatic and instant effect on your room. How about some nice new laminate flooring with colourful rugs placed strategically around? Alternatively will you stick to the traditional carpet? Your choice, but a fun one to make.
If you are able to afford new furniture to complete your room, it is the ultimate final touch. Solid wood furniture such as can be found at Furniture 4 Your Home, or many other high class outlets, can complement wooden flooring perfectly.
Window blinds have come down in price over the last few years. There are many exciting new colours and styles. I’m sure you will find a great blind for you windows. Maybe you enjoy the warmth of curtains more. A new set will, along with new furniture and flooring, change your room beyond all recognition.
So, as you can see, decorating isn’t all about wall coverings. By choosing furniture and other accessories carefully, you could be blessed with a new living room in no time at all. So then…Sit back and have a well earned cup of tea.