Have you been considering a room redo? Not sure where to start?
Well as an Interior Designer I recommend starting with a plan. For the best results it is always a great idea to have a “road map” structured in a way where you can tackle one thing at a time. A plan not only guides you through the process, but it can save you time and money and keeps you on task, avoiding overwhelm.
Living Room Furniture Plan
A plan involves:
Measuring the space in detail. Measure the height of the room as well because it is very important that the height of the furniture works with the height of the room. Measure windows if you will be adding window treatments.
Create a floor plan and furniture layout. You can do so with graph paper or you can use a free floor plan software like HomeStyler.
Take stock of the furniture pieces that you are going to keep, Be brutally honest about these pieces. If they don’t work, move them to another part of the house.
Decide on your color scheme. I recommend finding an inspiration like an area rug or a fabric to build your color scheme from. Pick out your paint color – typically I tell clients to use one of the lighter color values or neutral from the inspiration.
If you are pretty handy with creating collages online, you can create a mood board using Polyvore. Mood boards are great to help you visualize all the pieces together in the space
OlioBoard by Casa Vilora Interiors
With your floor plan in hand, it is time to go shopping! That is the fun part so don’t be overwhelmed. Start by browsing online and then take it up a notch and visit local furniture retailers.The floor plan will give you the dimensions of the furniture pieces. Stick to this and don’t be tempted by the showroom displays that won’t work in your home. Avoid impulse buying. Bring your tape measure with you to the stores and use it!
When your furniture and the other pieces arrive, it is time to arrange and place everything to match your floor plan. There may be some minor tweaking, but in general your floor plan is your guide.
The fun part is adding all the finishing touches like the pillows, art and accessories. Create interesting groupings for wall art, layer pillows and throws on your seating. Think outside of the box with accessorizing. It is a great opportunity to add pops of color and really give the room personality.
Time to step back and look at your handy work! Invite over a few friends and show them how it’s done! 🙂
Via Casa Vilora Interiors
And just in case none of the above excite you, like it does me, you can always give me a call. You don’t have to be local to the Houston area to take advantage of our many design services. Our Mail Order Decorator (eDesign) service is available now at a promotional price until July 31st. Click here for details.
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Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday!
Veronica Solomon Owner/Lead Designer Casa Vilora Interiors www.VeronicaSolomon