Styling or decorating a room can be a challenge, but don’t be afraid to start something that may be new to you. Here are some tried and tested steps to help guide you when decorating a room.
Determine the Function of the Room
What purpose will be the room serve? If it is a living space, you may want to use for watching TV, reading, working or entertaining. How many people will the space fit at any given time? The answer to this question will help you plan seating capacity and arrangement.
Identify What You Need
What are the pieces of furniture that you will need in order fulfil the function that you have decided for the space? These items could be a lounge suite, television, side tables or reading lamp.
Specify the Style of the Property
Know the style of the property and determine whether you want to use it as the guiding factor in the room. Does the décor have to match the property style or do you want to tone it down and make the décor the focal point?
Know Your Style
You don’t need to think hard for a label for yourself – are you country, modern or classic? What you need to know is what you like and what you don’t. Some people already know this but others need to time and some research to discover what they are partial to design-wise.
Figure Out What Stays and Goes
What things should remain in the space? This may a sentimental piece that you simply can’t let go of or a practical item that you don’t have the budget to replace at the moment. Working out what pieces you want to keep and let go will help ensure that they don’t stand out like a sore thumb in the new style or design of the space.
Consider the Colour Palette
As a general rule, colour should be considered last, except if you are sure of yourself with regards to colours. Avoid adding too much saturated colours to your walls and floors. Delay it until your new furnishings and accessories arrive. It will be easier for you to change the colours as your taste evolves through the seasons.
Blend Them All In
You purchased an item, maybe a rug cushion or lamp, and discovered that it doesn’t go with the existing space. To avoid this scenario from happening, compile pictures or cuttings of the pieces that you will be including in the space. Your sources can be the Internet, magazines or brochures. Put all the images in one file or a piece of cardboard. This will help you appreciate how the pieces interact with each other before you make a final decision.
It is also important to take note of the dimensions of each piece. The scale on the images may be different in person. To avoid buying a piece that is half the size of what you expected it to be, check the dimensions to ensure all pieces blend in together in terms of scale and proportion.
Happy styling and redecorating. Be creative and have fun too!