First Things To Consider When Decorating A Room
Decorating your first space or freshening an outdated decor can be as daunting as it is exciting, but keeping it simple from the beginning will help you enjoy the process more when it is complete. If you are wondering where to begin, here are five key considerations before you decorate a room.
1. Space With Purpose
Considering the primary use of the space is important to help guide your choices for function, comfort and form. Are people or things more important in this space? For example, will you alone be using the space or family and friends too? Is it to be used as office, dining, den or bedroom space? Does it need to do double duty as fitness or hobby space?
Lots of people simultaneously engaging in different interests may benefit from greater open wall space to create a more spacious feel amid the ample seating and surfaces you undoubtedly will need.
You may wish to minimize furniture if this needs to be a quiet space perhaps for reading, sleeping or concentrating. Instead, lavish layers of textures to enhance soundproofing. Natural lighting will soften ambiance.
2. Size and Shape
Measure and study the size, shape and layout of the room. Diagram a simple outline on graph paper, carefully noting anything that breaks up walls, such as closets, doors, windows, light switches, outlets and thermostats. Enter your measurements on the graph, make a few copies, and use them to try different arrangements for furniture and to shop for necessary purchases.
Notice how much of other rooms can be seen from inside this one and how much of it is visible from outside the space so you an make sure it flows with the other spaces. Whatever its purpose and your style, measuring and knowing what will fit where will spare you disappointments from having to return or be stuck with ill-fitting furnishings and coverings.
3. Color is King
Paint makes big splashes of impact without drowning your dollars. Use the same background color for mixed textures. Check that hues in the flooring, rugs, walls, and draperies are compatible. If you do not have an eye for detecting hues ask a do-it-yourself flooring or wallpaper expert to show you samples of flooring side-by-side with paint, wallpaper, rugs, and draperies to compare nuances of color. Start with 3 classic colors, and gradually introduce bold adventure as your tastes evolve.
4. Points of Interest
Every room has that one detail that is nearly impossible to miss. Fireplaces, skylights, picture windows, built-in bookcases, or perhaps a unique piece of furniture or art are common focal points people notice. Build a central theme around the focal point with details that don't swallow it. Picture the space decorated during holidays or special occasions when room gets tight around a Christmas tree or social activity.
5. Guard Your Space
Do consider offers of hand-me-down furniture you could re-purpose or refresh with fresh paint, stain, fabric or trim. Do not, however, let anyone talk their newly un-hoarded pieces into your space. The ensuing overcrowding will weigh on your spirit as heavily as pounds weigh on your waistline when you haven't the heart to refuse homemade treats.
Budget Space Like You Budget Money
Funds determine your range of options and influence your choices but costs need not be prohibitive. Don't stray too far from your budget, though, so you can get closer to your decorating dream. Closely followed, a decorating plan frees up funds to save for rainy days and new decorating projects.
Jessica Kane is a professional writer who has an interest in interior design and home decor. She currently writes for ECOS Paints, a leading vendor of superior, durable and eco-friendly paints.