Perfecting Your Decor Plans in 4 Steps

A solid decorating plan can help you transform your room.
A solid decorating plan can help you transform your room.
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Having a plan of attack goes a long way when decorating your home's interior. With the proper technique, functional furniture and aesthetic accents can produce the ideal atmosphere. These trouble-free tips will guide you through the steps and help your home show off the style you've always desired.

1. Proceed with a Plan

Even if you don't feel like you're trying to broadcast a message to others, you can still put down in words what you are trying to achieve. After you identify your concept, begin designing your room based on the objects, colors, textures, styles of d├ęcor and furniture that best convey your ideas. Here are some different messages and execution styles:

  • Centered, calming rooms tend to have less clutter. Therefore, you should design the room with ample closets, storage space, and built-in cupboards with closed doors. Calming rooms have soft, flowing, transparent curtains, and the furniture is often upholstered with neutral colors, rather than patterns.
  • Big upholstered pieces with colorful and lively patterns are found in inviting rooms to help hide wear and tear from children and pets. In this type of room, bookcases and other architectural pieces serve as display shelves for souvenirs and collectibles, while family photos and artwork adorn the walls.
  • Modern rooms usually have a flat floor, made of either polished cement or hardwood, with an occasional small accent rug to break things up. Furniture will have straight lines and sit very low to the ground. In this type of room, opposites attract. So if you decide to paint your walls light, furniture should be dark-made of mahogany, maple, or dark leather.
  • Period rooms are influenced by either the 17th, 18th, or 19th centuries, and nothing in these rooms should be confused with current pieces. A room modeled in the Dutch Colonial fashion would have rich-colored walls, while a neoclassical room would have floral or striped wallpaper. Family heirlooms and valuable kitchenware are specifically chosen for prominent display.

2. Do Some Research

After you've decided on the message of your dream room, begin your research. Try visiting the local library or a home improvement center. You'll not only discover what others have done in the past to achieve the same message, but you'll also get ideas for different fabrics, colors, and furniture. Most importantly, doing research will drive you to begin making choices.

3. Shop Around

Looking for furniture, paints, and accessories really can be like going on a treasure hunt. You just might discover that perfect piece of furniture or that wonderful work of art right in your own neighborhood. Try casual antique stores, wholesale outlets, flea markets, and local auctions for the pieces you need.

4. Get to Work

Now it's time to bring your program to life! You know the message you want to convey and the tools you need to do it. Here are a few tips to help you make it happen:

  • Get a piece of paper and plot where you want each piece of furniture to go. Place your big pieces first and finish with accessories. The first thing you see when you enter a room is always the most important, so try to make a good impression.
  • Use a trunk as a coffee table and store extra bedding, tablecloths, or dishes in the middle of your living room.
  • When choosing a color for your walls, be mindful that the color could affect a person's skin tone. For example, stay away from a bright color (such as orange) in a small bathroom that could reflect negatively on a person's skin and instead go with a lighter color (such as pink).

Creating a look for a room in your home is a fun and exciting assignment that, if done with care, can be a satisfying experience. Take time to develop your ideas and determine how you want to feel when you sit down in your room. Take pride in the work you've done to make your room exactly what you want it to be.