Getting Inspiration from Local Trades Shops

It can be hard to know what to do with your home in terms of DIY. You can look through the glossy brochures, and the ideas laid out before you on glossy print all look fabulous. And yet, despite the aesthetic brilliance of the ideas laid out before you, you can't quite reconcile these ideas with the reality of your own home.

My advice is to get out of the house, and head down to your local trades shops and DIY centres. Talk to people. Get advice. Have a look at the materials - be it wallpaper, tiles, paint swatches, bathroom furniture, whatever. There's no substitute for actually seeing and touching the materials you may be using for your next DIY project.

Now, one thing I should have mentioned you should do before you leave your home. Bring photos of your home with you - even if they're just in your camera's memory, it's helpful to show these to the experts you'll be talking to. They can make suggestions based on the size of your rooms and the budget you're willing to spend.

A brochure shows you the ideals, but actually consulting with those who both sell DIY materials and carry out DIY jobs day in and day out, you can get some very useful advice on what to do next.

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