If you have decided to redecorate your home, here are some important factors you should take into consideration before you begin.
How quickly your decor choices will go out of fashion
When deciding what colour schemes and furniture to use, it's important to think about how quickly they will go out of fashion. If you don't take this into account when making your choices, you may find yourself having to endure the expense and hassle of redecorating your home again in just two or three years' time.
As a general rule of thumb, bold, bright colours and busy patterns tend to date very quickly, whereas neutral shades and simple patterns are usually considered to be timeless. If there are certain colours or designs which are currently 'on trend' that you would like to use in your home, then it's best to incorporate them in such a way that they will be easy to replace when they begin to go out of style.
For example, rather than painting the walls of your living room a fashionable colour, you could purchase a selection of throws and cushions in this shade and add them to the sofas and chairs in this area of your home. This will ensure that, when they start to look dated, you can simply buy some inexpensive replacements in a different shade, rather than incur the cost of having the entire room repainted.
How easy your new decorative features will be to maintain
If you lead a busy life and don't have a great deal of free time to devote to home maintenance, then it's important to ensure that the decorative features you choose will not be too difficult to keep in good condition. For example, if your redecoration project will include overhauling the bathroom, it would be sensible to install a shower screen rather than a PVC or vinyl curtain in the bathtub or shower cubicle area.
Unlike shower curtains, shower screens rarely, if ever, develop mould or mildew. As such, all that you need to do to keep them shiny and hygienically clean is spritz them with some glass cleaner and wipe them down with a cloth. Even if the screen in question is quite large, this process should only take about five minutes or so.
A shower curtain, on the other hand, needs to be removed from its rail, laundered and re-hung at least once a week. This is a time-consuming and tiring task. However, if you don't do this, mildew and potentially toxic mould will begin to grow on its surface and the curtain will need to either be treated with a potent bleach solution or replaced.