It’s nearly spring, and for householders that’s a cue to start thinking about freshening up the interior of the house, sprucing up doors and window frames and perhaps even putting a new coat of exterior paint on the outside of the house. Every weekend sees a stampede of DIY’ers heading for the stores and emerging with rolls of wallpaper, tins of paint and brushes of all sizes.
But how adept are you at a spot of home decorating? And at what point should you hand the job over to a professional? Let’s take a look at the decorating process, and at what stage a professional team can help you achieve the look you want.
Interior design – firing up your imagination
Ultra-modern or country classic? A touch of Art Deco decadence or minimalist chic? The options are endless, and it also depends on the style of your home, which rooms you want to decorate and what you ultimately want to achieve from your decorating process. Are you looking to simply freshen things up a bit, or is it a case of stripping years of accumulated paint and wallpaper back to the bare boards and starting from scratch?
Once you’ve got a good idea of what you want to do, you can then start to plan the process. And remember – any professional painter and decorator will tell you that the key to good painting and decorating is flawless preparation. Skimp on this part of the process and you’ll end up with poor quality results.
How a professional team can prepare your home
Stripping decades of wallpaper can be a tough job, and even the best home DIY hot air stripper may not be up to the job. Professional painters and decorators have the equipment and the experience to make light work of what can be a fiddly job, and can cut the amount of time it takes to prepare a room for redecorating in half. They’ll also be able to deal with any unexpected problems that removing the wallpaper or paint reveals, such as cracks in the plaster or indicators of damp that may need more a thorough investigation.
They’ll also advise you on the best way to keep dust and debris down to a minimum, and have the right equipment to see that valuables are protected from paint splatter.
Once you’ve prepared your room you’re ready to start decorating. But are you sure you know how to go about it? Should you paint the ceiling before you tackle the walls? Or if you’re planning to sand the floorboards, should they be done before you even open a tin of paint?
If the job suddenly seems a lot bigger than you thought it was going to be, or you realize that you’re simply not going to have the time you need to make a really good job of your decorating plans then it’s time to hand your brush and roller over to the professionals.
Whether you’re going for an all-white look, need to just splash a bit of magnolia around, or have more elaborate plans for your home, DreamWalls.ie professional decorators can take the pain out of painting and the worry out of wallpapering. And if you’re sprucing up your property to put it on the market, they’ll be able to advise you on the style of decorating that really helps grab buyers and gives your home or flat that ‘wow’ factor.