Think Like A Designer
1. The Space is the Space
I walk into all sorts of awkwardly designed spaces. In most spaces, there is always a challenge. Be it a sloping ceiling or awkward window placement, there is something that makes me wonder, what in the world the builder was thinking. Your space will probably have similar issues. So just take a deep breath and relax. Ahhh! The best way to tackle the decorating, is to accept the space for what it is. I normally come to the project while my client's home is either under construction or under contract, so I don't have to deal with furniture. If you are in a space that has existing furniture, clear the room out and take measurements. Be sure to made notes of built-ins and architectural details that can not be moved.
2. Start with something that you love.
At this point, I like to find the items that will inspire the color palette for the space. I prefer this method because it ensures that the homeowner is living with a rug, fabric or piece of art that tugs at their heart strings. Some people use items from their client's closet. This is another effective way because you can learn a lot about a person's style by the types of clothes they choose.
3. Look for Inspiration everywhere. During this phase, you should collect pictures of rooms that appeal to you. I suggest really looking at the pictures to identify why you love it. Is it a color palette that you like, furniture placement or just an item in the room? The more detailed you are, the more success you will have when creating the perfect look for your home.
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My favorite Step By Step Guide: "My Name Isn't Martha, but I Can Decorate My Home."
Great For Inspiration: "Inspired Styles" By Assousline
Flip! For Decorating by Elizabeth Mayhew