For anyone who’s looking into designing their space, it can be incredibly helpful to have a guideline to reference. With certain steps to follow and check off, and the entire process will feel more organized and flow better overall. So let’s take a look and explore this seven-step process that you can use when planning on how you’ll design and decorate your space:
1. Decide Who the Room Is For
First and foremost, it’s important to determine who the room will be for. If it’s for an open shared space then you can answer those questions with your partner or roommate. However, if it’s for a bedroom or playroom for the kids, then you’ll need to take their personal needs and preferences into account. What are their favourite colours? How much space will they need? How do they plan on using the room, and how much time do you expect they’ll spend in there?
2. Come Up With a Theme
Once you’ve figured out the answers to those questions, it’s time to come up with a theme. How do you want the overall space to look? You can check out pictures of different spaces for inspiration. Pay attention to details regarding colours and pieces used, and see how well they flow together. What kinds of accessories were incorporated? Which materials did they use? How do you like the layout?
3. Figure Out What the Room Needs
Now that you’ve determined who will be using the space and what they want, it’s important to determine what the room needs. If it’s a living room, you already know that you’ll need a couch. If it’s a bedroom, then you’ll need a bed and possibly a desk, depending on who the room is for. Figure out which elements are a must, and which ones would be nice to have (if you end up with extra space to spare).
4. Measure Your Space
The last situation you’d want to end up in is buying oversized furniture that won’t fit in your room. Before going out and searching for pieces, take out your measuring tape and see how much space you have to work with. This will help you figure out how many pieces you can incorporate, and help you choose the right size furniture for your room. Make sure you measure the door frame as well, so that your furniture and accessories will actually be able to fit inside.
5. Establish a Budget
You shouldn’t only take the amount of space you have into consideration — you should also consider your budget. Not everyone will be able to afford a luxurious room that’s filled with high-end furniture, so make sure you figure out how much you’re able to spend while you’re looking at different designs. If you’re on a tight budget, it’s a good idea to find one luxury piece to make the center of your room, surrounded by less expensive furniture.
6. Figure Out Lighting
Once you have the overall design and layout of a room figured out, it’s time to focus on lighting. While maximizing natural light would be optimal (for the health benefits and energy savings), you can’t solely rely on that. You can add mirrors, choose lighter colours, and open up your curtains, but you should also choose the right artificial lights. Play around with chandeliers, lamps, and track lighting, until you find the perfect fit. It depends on your personal preferences, as well as the theme and lighting of your room.
7. Play Around With Accessories
Accessories are the perfect way to add personality to a room. Depending on your theme (and the kind of accessories you like), you can play around with them to add that finishing touch. For instance, plants make wonderful additions to the home, rugs can add a lot of detail and personality, and art can make your space look even more classy and expensive.
So there you have it — seven steps to help you plan out your space. If you want more tips and tricks for designing your dream home, or you’re looking for an interior designer to take care of your home decoration needs, contact us online or at (416)-825-8497. We can’t wait to hear from you and get started on your next design project!