You know it's time to update a room, but the idea of doing it fills you with fear. You know what you want. Kinda. But you do not know where to start.
Sound familiar? You are not alone. That's what I affectionately call Designal Paralysis. Fortunately, there is a cure.
The design of a room is much easier than you think once you understand the process. And that's all – a creative process that even self-proclaimed non-creative people can execute with brilliant results.
You start as you would with a blank sheet of paper or canvas, because that's essentially what your home is – a blank canvas. The first step is to get in touch with yourself.
1. Get in touch with your inner creative eye.
Start paying attention to your environment. Become aware of what you see that visually stimulates you – textures, colors, light. Do not limit your environment to the four walls around you. Study the clothes in your closet. Look out. Notice what you like in the style of others. Take note of the pages you pause on when you flip through a magazine and take a moment to think about what caught your eye.
Also take note of what you do not like. It is equally important to understand what destabilizes us. Over time, you will become more familiar with your environment and develop distinct opinions about color and texture.
2. Meet your color muse.
Once you start forming opinions, start looking for "inspiration" for your home. The inspiration can be found anywhere. It can be a photo in a magazine, a Hermes scarf, a piece of furniture or an art you already have, an autumn landscape, the color of your children's eyes.
Do not rush the search process of your muse and your gift I will look for it. Let him find you. It will be something that "speaks to you". You will naturally be attracted to this. More often than not, your inspiration will already have a color scheme that is the cornerstone of your piece.
Let's take the example of a Hermes scarf. Hermes scarves are a rainbow of rich, luxurious colors – majestic blue, opulent gold, majestic reds, deep purple and warm browns. By taking a closer look at the colors, you will see groups and color progressions. Golds and browns share similar (similar) qualities. Reds and blues are primary colors that, when combined, create purple.
Organizing a seemingly complex color combination gives you a palette of colors. In this case, brown, gold, red and blue. At first, you may not think that these colors can coexist harmoniously, but by tapping the palette through a piece of inspiration, you now know that they can work together. And better yet, your piece of inspiration shows you how they work together.
3. Take inventory.
Take inventory of the furniture you will use in your room, including the rooms you will keep, move to another part of your house or buy. Do existing furniture and furniture look exactly like what they are or will they change their appearance with new coatings, paint, lampshades and others?
Take stock of your room and decide what you want. Is it a fireplace? The view outside your French doors? The antique dining table of your grandmother? Your platform bed? Your 12-foot ceilings with hand carved moldings? The dramatic staircase in your home?
Is there anything in your room that you want to minimize or distract from attention? Most rooms will have detractors, such as an uninspired view, poor lighting, a piece of furniture or a floor that you can not replace at the moment, obsolete appliances, a small space or strange shape. You have the idea.
4. Combine form and function.
Finally, the time has come when you start to take inspiration from your room, keeping it in mind. mind the requirements of the flow, lighting, goods and critics of the room.
But let's recap from on board. You've taken the time to understand the colors and textures you're drawn to – bright and bold, warm and soothing, rich and sophisticated, stylish and sophisticated, exotic – whatever suits you. You have a color palette, courtesy of your piece of inspiration. You have evaluated the requirements of your room.
Now apply your color choices to your design needs keeping in mind that dramatic contrast or bold statements will create focal points, drawing attention to the elements you want to distinguish while diverting attention. Say, for example, that you want to show the natural stone fireplace in your living room and hide the bad condition of your hardwood floors. A dramatic color on the wall with your fireplace, like a deep red, will create a contrast and make it the focal point of the room.
The remaining walls can be painted with a rich gold that can serve as a neutral. Since the red wall creates visual dominance, a large piece of furniture on the opposite wall will balance the room. A red couch would also create color balance.
A neutral carpet in the golden or brown family will play the floor. The balance of the room can then be accessorized with the colors of your Hermès color palette. A variety of rich textures will add to the opulent feel – silk patterned cushions, velvet accent furniture, an elegantly framed image – and create a finished look in your bedroom. You can even use your Hermes scarf in the room as a pillow, a framed artwork or an item that you drape over a lampshade.
Voila! You now have a sophistication that has not been difficult to create and that is a true expression of you.
Our example here has created a drama, but keep in mind that you do not have to make strong statement to create visual interest. You can just as well paint the entire room in a gold or brown that is darker or lighter than the fireplace and then use your rich jewel tones for color accents. The result is discreetly sophisticated.
If at first you do not succeed, try, try again.
Not so difficult when you break down the process, is not it? Remember that designing your room, like building a wardrobe of clothes, is not a perfect process. Your first attempt in any room will probably not be your final result.
Trial and error is a big part of the process. The creation process will keep Designous paralysis at bay by giving you a structure on which to support when something does not quite work. It allows you to take a few steps back, think about your choices, why they do not work and gives you the opportunity to tweak your selections. It is a demanding process for the inexact art of interior decoration.
In the end, your efforts will pay off. You will have a home to which you are personally connected. In the end, this is what makes your home your home.