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Interior design, for many, can be a scary thought. Planning the layout and design of your home is something that needs time and care put into it to ensure your home is exactly how you wanted it and many people end up going way over budget. Here are a few helpful tips to keep you on track whilst designing your perfect home.

First off, you need to come up with a budget. You will need to consider how much you are willing to spend and how much money you have actually got to spend before you go ahead with buying your materials. Calculations of expenses for tools and materials need to be made, planning carefully what you are willing to spend on each item of furniture. This will give you an idea of the kind of design you are going for and more importantly, the kind of design you can afford.

Now you can source your materials and furniture to fit into your budget. Look at how you have divided your money and start to shop around for the right materials for you. You do not need to buy the materials straight away until you know where to find the cheapest price. Shop around for bargains online and in stores to ensure you will get the best prices.

Once you are certain of the products and furniture you want to buy, you will be more aware of the kind of price range and budget you are looking at. Of course, if you are confident that you have found the best price for a product then you should buy it, but be careful because a plan still needs to be drawn up for your room to give you an idea of the amount of furniture your space can accommodate.

Choose a Theme & Color Scheme
You should come up with a theme for the room you are going to redesign – look at color schemes and the type of style you will be going for in the room. This will help start you off on your project as you will have a clear understanding of what you are going for and the type of furniture and materials you need to buy. Look through some magazines or some online articles to get an idea of the kind of things you are looking for and what will suit your budget most.

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Measure the Space
Next is to come up with a plan for the room(s) you want to redesign. Measure the room and draw up a floor plan so that you can see how much space you are working with. For now, this can just be a bird’s eye view, but if you want to include more detail, draw a plan showing the height of your furniture and decorations to give yourself more of an understanding of the space you’ve got to work with. This will help you decide which furniture is going to be the best for your room.

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Look at the sizes of the furniture which you have chosen and look at how you can most effectively utilise your space. Find measurements of the furniture which you will be using and draw them into your plan, try different rotations of the furniture and get a general idea of how the room is going to look in terms of size, space and aesthetics. This part is the most important and speaking from experience people that don’t plan their projects well, tend to go way over budget.

You need to keep a strict attitude towards the project to not only make sure that there is a definite completion date, but also to make sure you don’t end up spending a lot of time and money on the project only to be forced into defeat simply because you ran out of money.

Purchase Materials
When you feel confident that enough planning has been done for your project, you can now buy all your materials and prepare them for installation. Follow your plan and all should be well. You might find that there are a few minor things that you looked over in the planning and designing, although if you are thorough enough these occurrences can be minimal. Stick to a strict regime, but make minor changes to the design if you feel the need to and you will have the perfect room for you in no time.

Some people may find designing and planning interior design by themselves to be too much of a daunting task. If this is the case for you then you could always get a painter and decorator in to give you a help in hand, they may even be able to match your budget and keep things cheap!

{Brad Warmbold wrote this article on behalf of Butterworth Interiors, an Interior design and Decorating Company in Cheshire, UK. }