If you look around your home and feel that they are boring or don’t reflect your personality, then it’s probably time to make a change. Unfortunately, this is far from easy, especially if you have little experience with interior design. It doesn’t matter if you’re dealing with an existing room that’s in serious need of a facelift, or you’ve just moved into a new property and want to decorate; The colors on the walls, the furniture, and any accessories should all scream you. The only way that you are going to achieve this is by planning everything to a tee, so, with that in mind, here are the steps that you should take when you’re decorating the rooms in your home.
The obvious first step is to find some inspiration for your room. Luckily, there are plenty of inspirational designs on websites like Pinterest and in interior design magazines. However, don’t think that you can only use pictures of rooms as inspiration; Anything can inspire your decoration. Some people find a great piece of furniture or art and design their whole room around that, whereas others find inspiration from nature. Once you’ve found something you like, you’ll find more inspiration throughout the planning and designing process. This step is important, so don’t allow yourself to be unproductive. Make sure that you make mood boards or keep a folder of cutouts and fabric samples, as these will help you later on.
Know What You Need To Change
It’s important to start off knowing exactly how far you want to take your decorating. If you know from the get-go that you want to completely gut the room and give it a whole new look, then you’ll be more prepared for the amount of work that you’re going to have to complete. However, it’s important to know the things that you absolutely need to change, as you might not have the budget or time to do the whole room, and then you’ll end up with an unfinished room. Often, only changing a few small things can have a huge impact, so don’t be disheartened if it turns out that you can’t do everything that you want to.
Plan your Space
You may have decided that you want to upgrade from a double bed to a king-size and that you want a loved new vanity, but that just might not be possible. Before you start buying anything, you need to properly plan the layout of your room, and make sure that all of your ideas actually fit. This means that you’re going to have to figure out where all of the furniture is going to go, ensure that there’s enough storage for all of your belongings, and then make sure that there’s enough space to move around. After all, if a room isn’t practical, it might as well not be there at all.
Figure Out Timings
You’re going to have to seriously consider how much time you have to decorate your room while you’re planning, as this could seriously affect how much work you’re going to be able to get done. If you only have one afternoon, for example, then you won’t have time to make any major changes, but if you’ve got a few days, then you could get a lot of work done, as long as you plan your time well.
Decide Your Budget
Time may be money, but so is money, so it should be no surprise that this is going to affect how much work you are going to be able to get done. If you’re on a small budget, then you will probably have to stick to painting or papering the walls and just add a few small accessories. On the other hand, if you had a bit more cash to spend, then you could buy some lovely pieces of furniture. You should write lists of everything that you want, such as pieces of furniture, accessories, and paint, and decide how much you’re going to spend on each thing. If you stick to this, you are much less likely to overspend. Just be sure that you add a little bit extra to your budget, in case an emergency crops up, or something is a little more expensive than you expected.
The last thing that you want to do is go into town with no plan and not knowing what it is that you are looking to buy. Before you leave the house, look online and see if you can find anything you need there. You might even be able to get some things for cheaper than they would be in shops. Once you’ve done this, decide what you want to buy first, and look for that, rather than generally looking for things for your home. This way, you’re more likely to actually find something, as you have a focus. Take your mood boards and design folders, as they will help you to explain your vision and ideas to sales assistants.
Find The Brushes
Once you’ve done all of this, it’s time to get to work. You should start with the walls first, then the floors, and then add in bigger pieces of furniture, before accessorizing. It will probably be a lot of work, especially if you’re doing up the whole room, but it will definitely be worth it in the end. If you’ve never decorated a room before, then you might make a few mistakes, so don’t worry about that. Just keep your head, and call in some professionals if it really needs it, but usually, you will know someone that can help you out.
There you have it, your step-by-step guide to decorating any room in your home. Of course, the hardest part of this whole endeavor is deciding how you want your room to look, and sometimes, spending hours scrolling through Pinterest doesn’t help much. If this is the case for you, then you might want to consider calling a professional interior designer. They know what they’re doing, and so will be a lot of help if you’re feeling completely clueless.