Restyling your room
So you've made the decision to restyle a room... but where do you start.
Well the first answer is not by undertaking a shopping trip. The secret to good design is planning, planning and you guessed it planning.
So where do you start.. a big piece of blank white paper. Take some basic measurements...
1. Basic Skeleton
Depth, width, height, and basic features such as doors, window, lights and any other bits and pieces (power points etc)
This is your basic skeleton. Now first decision.
2. The Purpose
What are you trying to achieve? By this I mean a few things:
- What is the purpose of the room?
- How often will you use it?
- Who will use it?
- How do you want to feel when you walk in the room?
- How much do you want to spend?
Have a think and write down the answers to these questions, don't worry if you have a few options we can refine them later.
3. The Style
The answer to number 4 above will start you on your design journey. You should have a list of words such as peaceful, glamorous or industrious. When you start your shopping you should keep this list with you, if something you are looking at doesn't make you feel the way you want to feel in your room, then it probably isn't the right piece for this project.
Get yourself a note book and get out and about. Take pictures of rooms that you like and match the feeling you are after. Read and take cutting from magazines and paste them in your note book. By undertaking this process you will start to refine your ideas.
Keep an eye out for further blogs that will go through some of the popular styles today and how to achieve them.
Once you are comfortable with the style you are after its time to create your mood board. This is a little more specific than your note book and focuses on the finishes, fixtures and furnishings of your room. We are really narrowing down your ideas now, almost time for shopping.
4. The Clean Out
Now that you know what you want to do with the room comes a difficult decision:
What do you want to keep and what has to go?
This is often the part of the process where things fall apart. In order to achieve a room you can be proud of you have to be ruthless in this stage. Lets say for example you are restyling a bedroom into a Hampton's escape, that antique Louis xv chair just isn't going to make the cut with its silk fabric and gilding unless you want to strip the gold away and switch out that silk for a linen. (Although I will say if you know or suspect your chair was authentic Louis XV I'd have an antique dealer give it a once over before you start stripping, you could be literally sitting on a fortune)
5. Floor Plan
This is where we need to get a little more serious with our drawing The good news is you don't need expensive CAD or design software. It is time to take out the paper, ruler and pencil, you might like to grab some scissors as well.
First you need to draw up the room to scale, including all the features on your rough sketch.
Next you need to measure the foot print of each piece of furniture you have or you plan to buy and draw each on a separate piece of paper, you need to be sure they are the same scale as your floor plan. You guessed it, cut the furniture out. Now comes the fun part, and believe me this this is much easier then actually moving the furniture. Play around with the placement of furniture in the room and walk yourself through it. This is especially important when you are planning on buying new furniture as you want to make sure all the gorgeous pieces you have on your shopping list are going to fit. My parents actually designed a house this way, from the furniture up.
6. Dream into reality
No comes the fun part, turning your plan into reality. Get shopping and get doing. When it comes to placement of items, often less is more. Odd numbers generally work better than even numbers in groups, and remember it is all about balance.