1.Don’t lose sight of things
It seems like an obvious one, but when we’re making big, expensive purchases we often overthink things to the point of no return. Faced with too much choice, and too many contrasting opinions (everyone from your siblings to the sales people in the shop seem to have something to say on your new couch) – it’s easy to get distracted from what matters. In the end, we lose all sight of what we, ourselves, actually want, and why we embarked on the project in the first place.
To combat this confusion: write a list of the very first instincts you had when you decided to get your new kitchen, bathroom or living room suite. Whether it was a certain era’s style you’d recently admired, a colour scheme or even an abstract idea like ‘open space’ or ‘eclectic’, pay attention to your gut, and what first inspired you.
That way, when you find yourself veering off towards an unlikely choice just because it’s half price in the sale, or your cousin twice-removed says it’s more ‘you’, you’ll have a handy reminder of what you really set out to buy.