Personal 2-Minute Decorating Plan
There’s something about the New Year that gets my clients wanting to start fresh and give their home a new look. They want to update their homes, but they don’t know where to begin. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed! This is when I recommend developing a Personal 2-Minute Decorating Plan, which can be done in as little as 2 minutes!
Developing a Personal 2-Minute Decorating Plan involves a budget, creativity, do-it yourself skills, and a spirit of adventure. It’s important to have a plan in place before delving into any small or large decorating project. Proper planning avoids costly mistakes and undo stress.
There are a few basic design principles to follow in order to achieve a well-styled space that is both visually appealing and functional.
This article will help you develop your own unique plan in no time at all!
Break down your decorating budget into these 3 categories:
- Repair & Service- Like an artist, you will need a good canvas to start with. Begin your project by evaluating the shell of each room; what needs to be addressed before you can begin? Remember to look at walls, ceilings, floors, as well as architectural features, such as crown molding and door frames.
- Furniture & Accessories- When making furnishing selections, I always tell my clients that it’s best to work on one room at a time. This avoids frustration and feelings of becoming overwhelmed both emotionally and financially. If you’re on a limited budget, select lower cost furnishings for starters. These pieces can be updated in time as a wider budget becomes available.
- Window Treatments– Draperies are an important element in defining the style of a room and are often one of the last selections made in the decorating process. Window treatments can be costly but are well worth the investment! If privacy is a factor you’ll need to invest in blinds or shutters first, and draperies can be added later.
2. DEFINE YOUR STYLE
Whatever your style may be, it’s important to follow these guidelines as you identify and develop your preference.
- Establish a theme-Decide what overall feeling or atmosphere you want to create for each room. Is it traditional or modern; dramatic or light and airy; bright and cheerful or calm and serene? The style you create will affect how others feel and function in the room.
- Color- Choose a color scheme. Take your cue from a favorite item in the room, such as a decorative pillow, throw rug or the artwork. Once you decide on a main color, use the light, medium, and dark value throughout the room. This will add depth and interest.
- Focal Point- The focal point defines the flow of the room. It’s whatever draws your eye as you enter the room. In most rooms, the focal point is an architectural element, like the fireplace, but you may need to create a focal point yourself. This can be achieved by placing a large piece of furniture in the room, such as an armoire. You can also create a gallery wall or display a collection.
- Add depth and character to a room. Incorporate these captivating textures in your rooms; sisal, metal, wood, fabric, silk, glass, stone, marble and wool. Pattern like texture adds significance and style. Start with a pattern and use those colors throughout the room. Repeat patterns in the room and don’t be afraid to mix it up with different patterns.
- Lines, Shape, & Size – Lines provide directions or movement of the eye throughout the room and should flow in a wave-like pattern. Be sure that your furniture is at different heights for the best visual impact. Use a variety of shapes for added interest. Make sure your furnishings are in pleasant proportion to one another and to the room.
- Texture & Pattern – Different textures add depth and character to a room. Incorporate these captivating textures in your rooms; sisal, metal, wood, fabric, silk, glass, stone, marble and wool. Pattern like texture adds significance and style. Start with a pattern and use those colors throughout the room. Repeat patterns in the room and don’t be afraid to mix it up with different patterns.
- Lighting- Lighting creates illumination, atmosphere, and ambiance. Incorporate these three sources of light in each room:
- Ambient lighting – it mimics natural light. When directed from central overhead fixtures, the light surrounds the room uniformly.
- Task Lighting – this lighting illuminates a task or specific area. Choose a lamp with a shade that focuses the light on one spot.
- Accent lighting – this is used to create drama. It produces a strong beam of light and illuminates a focal point in the room, such as a painting or vase.
By following these easy steps, developing a personalized decorating plan will be effortless and uncomplicated – allowing you to transform your rooms seamlessly and beautifully!
If you need help developing your personal decorating plan, please contact me! I’d love to help!
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Melanie Serra, Interior Decorator, Certified Color, Redesign and Staging Instructor
Award-winning decorator and stylist Melanie Serra has been reviving interiors for over 17 years and has worked with clients in Dallas, Philadelphia and Atlanta. Melanie Serra’s approach to interior design is fresh and innovative transforming residential and commercial interiors from Now to WOW!
Atlanta Georgia – 404.943.0779