Creating an Interior Decorating Style Board
So you want to update your home with new decor, but you don’t know where to start, right? Planning and preparation is key…and it doesn’t have to feel like a boring homework assignment. Creating an interior decorating style board can be fun, and it also helps refine your choices and keep to your budget. Since there are so many decisions to be made, the board will allow for changes before you have to commit, spend the money and do the work. Play with it…and as you build it out, you may find inspiration for other areas in your home!
Define the Space
First, measure the area; accuracy is important. Include windows, doors, existing built-in items and other tricky spaces. Draw out your floor plan and keep a digital copy for virtual work or reprinting…in case you happen to spill coffee on it, like I often do. On everything…
Next, begin the inspirational process online – I love Pinterest for this – and save your ideas to named boards to stay organized. Collect images from websites, magazines, retail fliers and catalogs. Don’t be too selective at this point, you can pare it down later. You may do this digitally, or print your collection to assemble on a physical board. It is entirely up to you; once the manual board is finished, you’ll be taking a picture of it to carry with you.
Gather your selections…perhaps you may notice a style emerging? If you don’t, just close your eyes and point (just kidding!). Here’s what I did…take a “what’s your style” quiz (or more than one), like this one from Better Homes and Gardens. It helps define which style may match your preferences, lifestyle and personality. If you still like the other items that don’t fit your style, save them off to review later for another project.
Color, Fabric and Texture Choices
Color selections are often dictated by style, or by an inspiration piece (furniture, artwork, personal object) to be placed in the room. Make a firm decision and run with the palette that harmonizes with your inspiration. And if you’re planning on redecorating your entire house sooner than later, consider choosing a unifying palette for your other rooms, too.
Now that you have your style and colors chosen, it’s time to look at fabrics. At this time, you may capture also other textures that you would like to see in the room – fur, burlap, wicker, satin, rusted metal, distressed wood – and secure either photos or samples for your board.
Assemble Your Vision
It’s not quite time to shop yet…but we’re getting close! On a foam core board, place your floor plan, color swatches, texture and fabric samples, notes on the design, and pictures of existing items you plan on incorporating into the space. You may use pins, Velcro, or repositionable glue at first, then finalize your finished product with hot glue so you don’t lose any valuable ideas! Take either the board (or a great picture of it) with you when you shop.
See? Creating an interior decorating style board was almost as fun as the actual project! Now you have a point of reference, and a firm plan to follow…consult your design board with every purchase, don’t deviate – and make your two-dimensional dream into a three-dimensional reality!
What tools would you prefer to use to create your interior decorating style board? Have you ever done one before? Share your stories in the comments below!
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