As fun as redoing the rooms in your home can be, it’s also a little intimidating. After all, it’s not easy to take an old space and have it come out like something that could be featured on HGTV. There are so many different factors to consider. How do you even know where to begin?
In this case, preparation is key. Before you start on the design, you need to have a roadmap in place. By knowing how much you have to spend, what projects you’ll be working on and what the end product should look like, you’ll be able to get rid of all your doubts and guesswork. From there, bringing your vision to life will simply be a matter of checking tasks off your list.
How do you want the room to function?
Function comes first in interior design. Always. The reason is because – no matter how much your rooms look like they belong in the pages of a magazine – if they don’t work the way you need them to, you won’t be happy. That said, when you’re planning a design project, the first thing you should consider is what you need your newly designed room to do.
Ask yourself will the space serve a single purpose or multiple purposes? Who will be using it most often? Does the person using it have any specific needs? What kind of storage should be there, if any?
What do you like about the existing space?
Before you start on a new project, it’s important to take inventory of the existing design. Make note of all the things you like about the room. Not only will this give you a realistic view of your starting point, but it will also help you decide if there are any features that you want to bring into the new look.
Be honest and ask yourself how you feel about the flow of the space? Are there any furniture pieces or accessories that I want to keep? Do I like the existing color scheme?
What do you dislike about the existing space?
Just as you need to be honest about what you like about your room, you also need to be realistic about the features that really bother you. It’s tempting to just say I hate everything, but it’s in your best interest to stop and really look at the room and think about the specific things that bother you. The last thing you want to do is redesign the room only to find out you’ve made the same mistakes as last time.
Once you know which elements you’re want to change, ask yourself why you don’t like them. If you can nail down the reasons, it may help you create the room you really want.
Questions like is this space currently meeting my needs? If budget weren’t a factor, which pieces would I get rid of? Is there a time when I’ve wished the room was different? Is there a certain part the of the room that really bothers me? These will help you get to what you really want the room to be.
Is there a particular style you’d like to emulate?
Now, here’s the fun part: the style of your new space! After you have the template of your new design figured out, you’re free to move on to aesthetics.
Your first step is to gather design inspiration. Take some time to browse the internet. Visit sites like Freshome, and HOUZZ. Have you been anywhere that you thought I want that in my home? Make note of what caught your eye. More than likely you’ll begin to see that your preferences match up to a particular style.
Once you have a solid idea of the look you’re aiming for, do some research on the types of design elements that are associated with that style. Knowing its key components will give you a better idea of how to recreate them in your home.
On the off chance that your tastes are particularly individualized, try making note of the specific components you’re drawn to. Then, consider using an inspiration board to get a sense of how they will all work together.
What’s your budget?
Now, you may be wondering why the budget is after creating a wish list aesthetic. Simply put, it’s because there is more than one way to create a signature look. Between thrifting and DIY projects, it’s always possible to pay homage to a certain style without breaking the bank. You may just have to get a little creative.
First, you do need to take a look at your finances and decide how much money you have to spend. Then, after you have a number in mind, decide how to spend it. Figure out which design elements are most important to you and research their cost. After you have that amount earmarked in the budget, you can play around with ideas on how to bring the rest of the look together affordably.
The best designs start with a lot of preparation. After all, before you even think about picking up a paint brush, you should have a solid design idea in mind. You should know what you want the room to look like, what it will take to achieve your vision and how much everything will cost. However, if you’re a little intimidated by this task, you can always find a professional at the Home Builders Association. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you get stuck.