There are many steps to creating a beautiful room. I think one of the biggest challenges of a decorator is helping clients understand that creating a room is not an overnight process. Unlike shopping for clothes and impulse buying, although fun, does not quite work when furnishing a room. Where do you put that piece that looked so awesome in the store, but once home does not really work any place? You can’t hide it in a closet like that pair of pants you thought were great in the store. What is the best way to go about furnishing a room?
Steps to Creating a Room
Planning is the first step in any room. Whether you are just enhancing some pieces, re-purposing a room, or are ready for a complete change, decide what that is going to be ahead of time.
Define what pieces do you need. The pieces of furniture should work with the function of the room. When considering the changes keep in mind the style you want, the colors you want, and stick with it. It can be easy to go down the rabbit hole when you start the whole process.
Finding classic – always in style, furniture pieces, like a couch, dining table, or a bed are best. The largest furniture item that makes up the room. Then by adding stylish chairs, tables, and accessories begins the creative process in decorating. Adding different style tables and accessories can change that one classic piece in a room, creating a room that feels traditional or bohemian, or mid-century styled.
Use online resources like Houzz and Pinterest or go to the library and borrow some decorating magazines. These will bring insight into what you really like. inspire you. Soon you will start seeing repeated styles that you like. Use those to base your new room off of, those inspirational photos.
This is essential to understand the scale and relationship of the pieces that will be in the room. When shopping know what size the table, sofa, or chair will fit into the space you have in mind.
The scale is also important. Once shopping for a sofa and chairs for a living room, my client loved a pair of slipper chairs. When we pulled them near the sofa they did not work at all looking dwarfed next to the sofa.
Although the overstuffed sofa may be comfortable to sit in now in a huge showroom, it may not fit into the room. The size and scale of furniture in proportion to the room are important. Measure, and measure again.
Rome was not built in a day, and nor should your new room. Take time to find the right pieces and the right price. Sometimes shopping online or in stores, you only have a small time frame to grab that deal. If you know it is the perfect piece go for it, if not slow down.
Unless you know that it is the exact item you have been looking for, take your time with your purchases. Make sure it is the color, style, and size that will work within your room. When in doubt wait, there will be another sale or another item that might satisfy the need you have and will probably turn out to be a better purchase because it was thought out.
Sometimes you might pick up what you think is the perfect piece, only to place it in the room to find it does not work. Don’t fret! Consider maybe using it in another room. If it was not custom made for you, most manufactures are willing to take it back.
Mix it up–
When selecting furniture for a room consider mixing it up. Although showrooms have all the matching pieces together, you do not have to buy them that way. Using different items will not only create interest in a room, but it will also allow you to achieve your look. By doing so it makes the room have more personality.
Find a deal at a flea market, or yard sale, and don’t be hesitant to make the piece your own! Sometimes it might not be quite the right color or have quite the right lampshade. A simple change should be considered to complete the room for your personality.
This goes back to taking the time. It is one of the essential elements to have when decorating. Decorating takes time. Sometimes you know you need a piece but it might be a little more difficult to find, or might not be in stock at the time you are ready to purchase. As a decorator, I know all too well that good things come to those that wait. The room may take weeks or months to complete but the wait is worth it in the end! Let me know about your decorating projects and how you achieved your look.
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