Forget trying to turn your rundown home around, the best renovations start with a blank canvas.
However, starting from scratch and choosing which colours and style to go for, can be daunting process for homeowners. So we've enlisted the help of dynamic Interior designer Shaynna Blaze to provide her top tips - as seen in her new show, Blank Canvas with Shaynna Blaze.
Access your lifestyle.
Before working out the design and layout of your home, the first thing for any renovators to ask themselves: how do I like to live?
Is your lifestyle casual? Do you like to entertain? Do you hate cleaning or noise? These different lifestyles will not only effect how the layout is but also the surfaces and colours you end up choosing.
Choosing the right colours.
The question I always get asked is: how do I create intimacy in my rooms? My top tip for creating intimacy is by using colour. By putting colour on the walls of any room, it actually draws it in and allows the room to feel more inviting and cosy.
When choosing the right colour to create intimacy, I suggest sticking to cool colours and steering clear of warm ones, as they tend to make the room feel smaller than it actually is.
Invest in a few KEY signature pieces.
Another big tip is to allocate as much as your budget to signature furniture items such as your couch, dining tables, rugs and swivel chairs.
If you go for quality you will have these pieces for 15-20 years and they will be worth every cent. If that’s as far as you’re money can stretch then you can compromise on dining chairs, cushions and prints.
Don’t stress on over capitalising.
Most renovators also worry about over capitalising, as they don’t want to spend too much money on how much the house is worth in case they have to sell the house down the track for some reason.
If you’re worried about over capitalising it means you’re going to move out in 5 years. If you’re not going to get what you want to give you quality of life you deserve, then why are you doing it? You might as well do the renovation in 2 years when you saved up more money.
You’re getting that value of what you spent because you’re here for the long run and you’re not over capitalising, because over time values always go up. So you’re actually going to be in this house for minimum of 10 years, there’s no over capitalising. Even if you just get what you put in, then you have that value of life and lifestyle.