The key to decorating a condo is to break it down into steps and develop a system for working, according to SM Development Corporation. If one plans on decorating his living space by his own, here are some SMDC tips on how to give the room a quick and efficient makeover:

Do measurements.
This lets you know how much space you’re working with. Taking measurements helps prepare you for the next step, which is buying the necessary materials. Measuring properly ensures that you don’t order too much paint or wallpaper, or get the wrong size of furniture. Mistakes like these can be costly on your part.

2. Get everything in one go.
Once you’ve chosen all your paint, furniture, fabrics or other working materials, make sure you got them all at once before starting to decorate. Some of these materials will have to be ordered, so it’s a big inconvenience if you start working on your condo while having to wait for certain materials to arrive.

3. Call in the home squad.
Identify the professionals you need, like a painter, electrician, or upholsterer. Do some research or get referrals ahead of time so you won’t be scrambling at the last minute. When you’re rushing, you may not end up with the best person for the job.

4. Start with the floors.
If you’re planning to sand or stain your floor, or even put down carpeting, always start with this first. This is to minimize any damage to your walls.

5. Install cabinets before starting to paint.
If you’re decorating your bathroom, kitchen or any space that requires cabinet installation, do this first before you start painting. Doing it in reverse can cause damage or scratches to the paint job. 

6. Hang your light fixtures.
After painting your room, you can start hanging your chandeliers, sconces or other light fixtures. Install these first before your drapes or anything else so they don’t get in the way.

7. Arrange furniture.
If you can, prepare a floor plan of where your furniture will go. In case your plan doesn’t go as well as you’d hoped, don’t be afraid to experiment and move things around.

Source: The Manila Times