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Tips for decorating your home yourself from scratch

Whether you're moving, welcoming a new member of the family or you simply have several changes in mind for your home and want to do them yourself to save a little money, take note! Although renovating may seem complicated at first, the key to success is having a well-organised plan. Let's get started, one tip at a time...

1. Choose your style and plan


First of all, do you know exactly what you want? If you don't know where to start, we recommend that all members of the household take a little while to think about what they want to achieve with this renovation. Not just in terms of adapting or configuring space but also in terms of the style and surroundings you want.

To make it easier, take inspiration from the colours or textures that you want your home to have. For example, if you want your home to be warm and cosy, your choices are likely to be dominated by earthy tones and natural materials.

Once you have chosen your main style, it's time to decide on when and how. As tempting as it is to get carried away, you must be clear that planning is key before you embark on any kind of project, and this is particularly true for renovations. A plan will ensure that everything stays on track. Grab a pen and paper (or a computer, whichever you prefer) and jot down everything you have to do with approximate dates. This will help you meet your goal!

2. Trust in the power of decor


Our advice is to keep furniture in neutral colours and achieve the style that you want your home to have post-renovation through decor. That way, if you want to change up the style later on, you're not held back by the furniture. Curtains, cushions, ornaments, lamps and other accessories will become your great allies.

Of course, you can also add some small pieces of furniture that add a special touch and change the space a little, like the side table and footrest in the photo. Because they are small, you can move them when you need more space for gatherings with friends, exercising or when the little ones are playing quietly inside.

In other words, it's a matter of combining large, basic furniture, like the sofa or cabinets, with other smaller, more special pieces or accessories. All in line with the style and colour scheme that you chose in the previous step.

3. Adapt what's already there


When renovating, you don't have to start from scratch or get rid of everything you already have. In fact, it's the perfect opportunity to take advantage of it, but adapt it to make it much more useful to your lifestyle.

That's what we have achieved in this kitchen, which had some basic furniture but was lacking storage and the style was not consistent with the surrounding home decor. To create more storage space, it's as simple as adding boxes, shelves and other helpful items like trolleys. This is really easy to do with our METOD system, as you can completely customise the furniture to your needs.

In terms of decor, we achieved the style we wanted through the lamps, tap and ornaments. Here, we chose to combine black with earthy colours but this can be adapted to any colour scheme.

4. Prioritise your needs


What do you always feel your home is missing? Renovating is the time to include it, so it's important that you take this into account. We know that resources are limited, both in terms of budget and space, but there are certain changes that you want to make no matter what.

When you identify what they are, you'll need to prioritise them over others. For example, if you usually host lots of family gatherings at home, you'll need a larger table to enjoy those moments even more. If the dining area is not very spacious, you may have to give up other furniture such as sideboards or cupboards that you may not need as much. Another option is to use a folding table that you can adapt to suit the occasion.

In this sense, choosing multifunctional furniture can be the perfect way to save both space and money, as it will solve various needs. For example, turn your dining table into a desk if someone works from home or needs to make arrangements.

Of course, this tip applies to any other room in your home. It's about focusing on what really matters to you, as your renovation is the time for you to prioritise and create your dream home.

5. Think long term


A renovation isn't something you do every day, so another tip is to try to think in the long term, especially where furniture is concerned. This is important because you'll get much more value for money from your home renovation. As we said before, the best thing you can do in this regard is choose neutral-toned furniture that's versatile and can adapt to different spaces. This makes it so much easier to move it around or if you have to change up a room.

If you have little ones at home, we recommend planning your baby's or child's room or space with a view to the future. You can do this with extendible cribs or beds that grow as they do. It is the same with other furniture like changing tables and dressers, which later lose their initial function but will still be useful for storage.

By bearing these factors in mind, you'll be able to make the most of everything you buy for your home, which will be much more sustainable for both your pockets and the environment.

Have you taken note? We hope that you've found these tips useful and you'll get cracking on your home renovation in no time. However, if you need any help, here at IKEA, we have in-store and online planning services to lend a hand. You can book an in-store advice appointment here or use our online room planning tools.

And if you need any extra ideas or advice, here are a couple of articles you may find interesting.

We love it when customers use our products in a creative way. Why not try to do something new with them yourself? But remember that any modifications or changes that you make to IKEA products will prevent them from being resold or used for their original purpose, thus invalidating IKEA product warranties and your right to return them.