Five Tips for Planning a Room Makeover
With the new year just around the corner it’s likely you’re planning to make some changes. Often, those changes come in the form of home improvements. But before you start redecorating that space there are some decisions you will have to make. The biggest one is whether or not you will enlist the help of an interior designer. You might also consider using a design consultant. However, if you want to stretch your creative muscles and go it alone here are five tips that will make the process much easier.
ONE. Start with a plan. Create a Pinterest board specifically for the room and pin things you would like to see in the space. Add anything from paint colors to specific styles of furniture. But don’t stop there. Add rugs, artwork and even pillows that you’re drawn to. Not a tech person? Pull pages from magazines, gather fabric samples and paint swatches and create a classic mood board. This will help you create a vision for the space that will serve as inspiration for the makeover.
TWO. Decide on a budget. You have to create a guideline that will allow you to determine where you can invest. In other words, think of this as a “save or splurge” list. For example, you might decide to invest in bedding made of designer fabrics and sheets with a high thread count while saving on less costly lamps or accessories.
THREE. Know your measurements. This one is so important as it will be a guide to what you can or can’t use in the space. It also makes shopping so much easier which, in turn, will make it a lot more fun. And if you come across the perfect piece while sourcing items for your makeover you won’t have to question whether or not it will fit the space. You can just go for it!
FOUR. Create a floor plan. It doesn’t have to be CAD designed but it should be drawn to specific dimensions of the space along with proper placement of doors, windows and any architectural features such as a fireplace. A floor plan is your guide to a layout that will help you make the best use of the space.
FIVE. Start with the biggest pieces first. In a living room that’s typically going to be the sofa. Once you’ve made this decision you can choose the smaller pieces such as accent chairs and tables. Save accessories, rugs and artwork for the final phase.
Planning a room makeover can be a fun way to express your creative side. But remember, you don’t have to go it alone. If you get stuck or decide you need a little help just visit our showroom. Our design staff can help you with your room makeover every step of the way.