You have moved into a new home or you decided your existing place needs redecoration. How do you get started . to decorate your home? Should you just rearranged the furniture, hung a few things on the walls? Or you already had in mind what you want like to create, that is a wonderful comfy inviting look for your home but somehow just can’t get to begin.
Well not to panic because there are more easy solutions to these than ever before. There are decorator magazines, home decorating shows, web sites, retailers, great books with very good instructions or model room or houses that you can use as references. Thus selecting your reference for ideas is a start.
How to Decorate Your Home Like a Pro
However, one can get over whelmed. You may now have the ideas but how and where do you start or begin? Well here are the steps you can take to decorate your home.
1) Start with one room.
Start with one room you like to tackle first. It could be the living room or the bedroom. For best reference, take pictures of the room when in the model home. They can be of great help when you need to recall or when you need to shop for items to use. Beside photographs, have a tape measure and a notebook with you whenever you are visiting the model homes or shopping for the right items.
2) Decorating by seeing what we like.
You need to be observant here as it will turned out helpful when you start to decorate your place. So when you are over at the model house or houses, taking photographs or video with sound recording is a good way to keep record of your observation.
The things to note are colors, materials and accessories. Areas to note are the floors, ceiling and walls.Take note of the furnishing too. What style are they using and how do they match each other in the different rooms. And an important one, how are the furniture arranged. And according to design advice:
Are all the walls the same color and the ceiling too? What color(s) is the room? Write this down. Is there a chair rail or decorative molding at the ceiling, wall covering or faux painting? What is on the floor? Is there tile, wood, carpet, area rugs? What color and texture and pattern? Is the area rug braided or a Persian rug or a contemporary design diagonally placed partly under one of the chairs and sofa?
What style is the furniture? Is it all a matching set? Do all the woods match? Maybe the sofa and club chairs are the same style and wood finish but the chairs have a patterned upholstery and the sofa is a solid or striped fabric. Write this down.
How is the furniture arranged? Does the sofa sit in the middle of the room separating the conversation area from the game table, or is all the furniture pushed up against the walls? Draw a little floor plan so you don’t forget when you get home.
Then, there are the windows. Take note of what kind of items are used on the windows for example:
…are there blinds, shutters, a valence or draperies? Are the rods large or small, wood or metal with huge finials? Make a note of it. If there are panels at each side of the window, do they go all the way to the floor? What color are they? Do they match the walls or are they the same fabric as the toss pillows on the sofa? Is it the drapery hold back that catches your eye? You will have to consider the exposure and privacy out your own windows when you make your final window treatment selection.
3) Decorating accessories.
Accessories are important to create the feel or make a statement. So pay attention to the types used and how they are used and arranged. In-particular accessories like lamps, tings on the tables or shelves. How photographs or collectables are used and placed. Observe these from room to room.
4) Wall Decoration.
What is on the walls? Is there one large picture over the sofa or is there an arrangement of black and white photos in different size frames? What color is the matting and how much space from the photo to the frame? Draw a sketch of the picture arrangement and the sizes in your notebook. Further your research online on the ways photographs are arranged.
Congrats, you can start to decorate your home.
When you had done all four above, you have already overcome the first hurdle and is on the way to start decorating your home. Now it is a matter of getting started since you already know where you want to start and what you want.
So, get started. Go to the paint store and select the paint chips you think best match your dream room. Grab several samples and take them back to the model home and see which ones match the best. Buy the paint and paint your dream room.
Very likely, you probably already have the furniture pieces and accessories. You may already have the lamps and area rug as well. You may just have to recreate and rearrange. So, you don’t have to break the bank now to create your room. When painting is done, next the windows.
For windows you have the options of using binds and shutters or drapery with poles. Either way choose the one you like carefully or you may end up regretting the wrong choice.
Finally, arrange your furniture. Keep in mind the purpose of the arrangement. Is it for conversation, TV watching, family fun, reading or eating. If in any case, your sofa happened to be of the wrong color you may consider slipcovers instead of buying a new set. As for accessories just make sure they are the things you want.
So with all these in mind when you decorate your home, it will be for sure you end up creating a place that makes you and your family happy. A place where you can call a home.