Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Guest post :: Things to consider when decorating a room

Photo by Jurgen Leckie

Decorating a room can be both exciting and frightening. The prospect of an empty canvas can bring so many ideas flooding into your mind, but where should you start?

Here are a few things to keep in mind when you're decorating or redecorating a room.

What Will You Be Doing in This Room?

A sense of purpose is important for people, but it is also very important for decorating your home. Sure, things like beds or couches will generally be in specific rooms, but the decor around those main set pieces is just as important to the overall feel. If you are planning a living or family room, you will likely choose more comforting decor items than a dining room or home office. Knowing where you are headed is step one in the planning phase.

Industrial style home office. Photo by Outi Pyy

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Photo by Sunland Group

Look at Your Finances

Unfortunately, for most of us, a fact of life we have to face is living within a budget. During the early planning stages, it will be important to know exactly what you're working with. Remember, you don't want to go overboard and end up paying for it later. Keep it reasonable and you will always be happy in the end.

Photo by Vika_Kohanenko.

Photo via Flikr.

Plan First, Buy Once

The best way to stay within your budget is to create a floor plan right away. This doesn't have to be a work of art, but a rough sketch drawn to scale complete with furniture, rugs, plants, and whatever else shows your unique style. While devising this floor plan, you can begin shopping around. The key to staying under budget is doing your research and shopping around. Keep a list of sales, stores, or sites you like and befriend the employee or check back often for what you want.

Plan Free Space

A common mistake many new room designers make is to forget about free space. They leave enough room in their plans to get around, but you do a lot more than simply 'get around' in most rooms within your home. A living room or family room is a gathering place for nightly fun and special events. make sure people can enjoy the space without being too cramped.

Photo by Polygon Realty Limited

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Color Schemes

We're talking interior design so, of course, we have to talk about a color scheme. This doesn't mean buy everything in one solid color. There is a wide variety of colors that can blend together into a seamless color scheme promoting good vibes and adding to the general feel of the room. In some cases, you can decide to go with a multi-colored design blended in with shapes or patterns. It is also wise to remember there are other rooms in your home, too. Don't create something so unique that is clashes with the rooms around it.

How fun is that orange peacock chair and the Indian-pattern rug! So bright and colourful. Photo by Wicker Paradise.

A beautiful, simple mint green Scandinavian kitchen. Photo by Outi Pyy

Texture adds feeling

When talking about the feeling or vibe of a room, things like the decor and color scheme are important, but adding a bit of texture can go a long way. We're not suggesting you hang a Velvet Elvis as the centerpiece, but small accessories that have some depth can add a cozy or homey feeling to a room.

Photo by Felipe Neves.

Photo by Outi Pyy.

Photo by Sunland Group

Let There Be Light!

Finally, remember to choose the lighting that best accentuates the strong points of your design. Make use of floor space for lamps and such, but track or spot lighting in the right spots can add functionality on top of design. For cozier rooms, like the bedroom or living room, ambient lighting to help set the mood is a nice touch at a reasonable price.

Bedroom bedside table. Photo by bettaliving.co.uk

Photo by Jurgen Leckie.

Written by Jessica Kane, 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.

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