I tend to jump head first into new projects, including home decorating projects. My excitement makes me want to skip the planning phase completely. But taking the time to plan your next home decorating project helps you save money and get the results you want.
Feel the Space
Before decorating a room, give yourself a chance to spend some time in the space, especially if you just moved into a new house. Make sure the furniture arrangement works. Figure out how you most often use the space. What do you like about the room? What do you definitely want to change? Use this information to help plan the room makeover.
Choose a Design Direction
You don’t have to choose a specific theme for a room, but you should have a good idea of the style and feeling you want the design to create. Do you want a relaxed, spa-like feeling in your master bedroom? Are you going for an invigorating feeling in the bathroom to get you going in the morning? Is your kitchen begging to be transformed with a coffee shop vibe? Having a clear direction for the design helps you choose all of the planning aspects, from the color palette to the decorative pieces.
Set the Budget
I know. You don’t want to think about the budget. That usually means restricting what you spend, which can force you to ditch some of your design plans. But you need a solid working budget for the project so you don’t overextend yourself financially.
If you’re doing the makeover all at once, you’ll need to know how much money is available and how much you’re willing to spend on the project. If the funds are limited, do the room redesign in phases so you don’t have to spend a lot of money at once.
Plan the Pieces
You don’t have to buy complete matching sets of home decor items to make the room look cohesive. Choosing several different pieces that complement each other often creates a more unique look to your room design. If you stick with the main color palette and design plan, your pieces should work together. Keep all of the receipts for any decor items you purchase so you can return them if they don’t fit with the design.
With a solid plan in place, you’re ready to put it into motion. Those early planning steps pave the way for a room redesign that makes you smile.