Ever sat and wondered how decorators even start once they walk into a space to work in? Where they're brain goes and how they even begin?
I'm sure they're are a ton of you out there that just don't know or need a helping hand. Or I've even heard "I don't have the eye for it, so can I use yours?". Guys everyone has an eye! Yes us decorators are here to help take the stress off and put on the finishing touches. However in the end, it's all about you and your final decisions/choices.
So to help you guys out I thought I would do a kind of "Decorating 101" post with you. To help you on where to begin and make it a stress-free, fun project left on your to-do list.
Step 1: Find out what makes you heart skip a beat, what makes you smile & what you love. Really hone in on what style says YOU.
By the way it really doesn't have to be the "normal" styles, use them guidelines. Try taking your own spin on them. It's your home, not Pinterest's, not your neighbors, not your friends, yours. Remember that!
Find pieces that aren't just pretty, sparkly, trendy or that you see all over Pinterest and end up hating once you get it home. But you think your "supposed" to have it, so you try to make it work #don'tdothat. Remember you don't always have to buy new, create something new from something old or find things around your home.
Step 2: Once we got that down, try setting up an inspiration board (do this on your own). Hunt for paint chips, fabrics, materials, furniture, accessories etc. Then set them up on a board. To visually see and feel what you want to achieve for the space.
Find pieces that aren't just pretty, sparkly, trendy or that you see all over Pinterest and end up hating once you get it home. But you think your "supposed" to have it, so you try to make it work #don'tdothat.
Try moving or rearranging your own items, accessories, or furniture. You'd be surprised at how much you can use the same item in different rooms. Just a small fix and you can transform a room to an entirely different world.
Step 3: Okay so here's one more step I'll let you in on. Next nail down your lay out. Picture or draw out your current room. Either cut out scaled furniture or draw out a few layouts to visualize what you want to do.
A helpful hint that will cost you nothing and change a space all in one shot? Move or rearrange your own items, accessories, or furniture. You'd be surprised at how much you can use the same item in different rooms.
Just a small fix and you can transform a room to an entirely different world.
"hint hint: My organizer can help you do all of this in one easy shot. Yes it has graph paper and scaled to size cutout templates in there too. 42 pages of home decor awesomeness"
Okay, okay so I wasn't done sharing just yet;
Here are some short and sweet tips, that I use to start decorating for a client that run through my own head;
- I start with the bare necessities.
- I add from there - Layer it up!
- Matching is not a requirement.
- I repurpose, rearrange & re-use items.
- I buy or find personable items - first use what you have!
- Do they need more storage?
- What are we achieving in this space?
- Are boxes & baskets or bins needed?
- Let's try utilize every space.
- I buy functional, everyday pieces.
- I buy sturdy, reliable furniture.
- What is THERE style. It's all about them.
- I try to avoid trends (they pretty to look at but is it really me/them?)
- I stick with neutrals & earth tones then add pops of color.
- I add pops of color in easily changeable & affordable ways.
- What do they want to achieve as the feel or atmosphere?
- I love how candles make a space feel, add them wherever I can!
- I try to add adjustable switches, to have an option to change the lighting.
- I keep it simple!
- How can this space be more organized or feel less cluttered?
- I think of creative ways to optimize spaces - can I use that ottoman for something? How about that vase?
- Can we DIY anything? (fixer upper anyone?)
- Will it just take a coat of paint and some new accessories to spruce this room up?
- What does this space NEED!
- What about repainting or recovering furniture to give it new life? (especially if its a fav but a little on the drab side)
- What fills them with happiness?
- I love & embrace change.
- Would wood paneling or beams be an option?
- I try new things for new inspiration.
- Grow with your home, move or rearrange as time moves on to fit your family right now.
- I make design decisions on what I like, not what is "it" right now.
- I like to create focal points
- I determine when something is "perfect".
- I visit my favorite stores for inspiration.
- I listen and buy things to speak to me.
- Is this a space I will be in forever or for right now?
- Will this space bring me peace & happiness when I look at it.
- What can I change, what should I change, What has to change?
I hope this at least gives you a little bit more piece of mind, a grounding point or a sigh of relief because you FINALLY know what decorators minds are thinking. (you may not thank me for that haha).
See you all next week! I am getting SOO excited as I am leaving for a trip next Sat! I'll reveal where I'm going real soon!
What is your thinking process for decorating?
P.s Need extra help? Or this causes you to much anxiety, and you need a super cool decorator to assist? I have got you hand held and will stand by you my friend, click here and let's get to it!
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