We had our intentional post about parenting, and now we will think about:
It seemed appropriate to have a post about design next since that is the other focus of this blog. More design posts to come this weekend after project time is had with my husband who does the manual labor side of all my ideas. Yes, I will admit it…I am a designer that is only able to do what I do because I have created a team around myself. I have lots of ideas, but I don’t use power tools and I don’t sew (don’t judge, I was an uninterested and stubborn girl when my mom offered to teach me…I already feel annoyed enough for not not listening to her). But, mysteriously, if you see my projects, there are a lot of them that need power tools or sewing. The mystery is revealed…my husband and a few close friends often put up with my crazy schemes (while often laughing) long enough to help me…I’m a blessed girl!
Now the intentional part…
Choose your layout first.
It is almost impossible to choose pieces for a room without knowing your layout (where everything will go) first. You will be going into your design blind, and that is a guarenteed recipe for having a cluttered or chaotic space. It is much easier to be intentional in the selection process when you know your layout. You will know exactly what you need, where it will go, and the final outcome of your room. This doesn’t mean you will have everything done right away, but as you enter each stage, it will prevent you from overspending or buying something that will not work. Choosing your layout will also help you know the feel of the room. Knowing this will help you decide what you want your pieces to look like.
Make a Mood Board
Once you have decided on your layout and purpose of the room, you will be well advised to make a mood board. Simply have a paper or virtual document where you keep track of everything you want in your room (actual pictures). And by everything, I mean everything from the large furniture items to accent items and decorations. When you have pictures and color or fabric swatches, you can be accurate when you’re shopping. If you carry a fabric swatch or paint chip with you, you will know if that throw blanket or lamp shade is what you are looking for. You will match colors accurately and you will know if the accent piece truly flows or if it clashes. This is especially helpful if you are creating your space over time or finding thrifty alternatives to designer options.
Decide on a Budget
From the smallest DIY project to the biggest remodel project, anything having to do with design has the tendancy to expand and become more expensive. Before beginning anything, price every single step out. Decide what is a must and what is a hope. Go ahead and price out your hopes for the room because we people have a tendancy to go with those options if it’s on our list. Budgeting is not going to be helpful unless it’s accurate and it is a reality that some projects have to be planned and saved for.
Make it have a Use or Reason
When deciding on an item that will be going somewhere in your home, establish guidelines. These guidelines will protect you from cluttering your home or saving sentimental junk. Yes, I said it…sometimes we save pure junk because we have somehow decided it is special. If this is your known tendancy, purchase a Rubbermaid container and schedule a semi-annual cleanout day with a honest friend. Go through your items and clean out. Display, Donate, or Discard. If there is something that does not need to be displayed but is still special, store it in a Rubbermaid box. This will cause you to be careful with what you save. It has to fit and once it’s full, there is no more going in. This step will help you to not allow your space to be cluttered. When putting together your rooms everything should be useful or beautiful…if it’s both, that is a huge plus!
Enjoy Your Space
You should enjoy where you live. If your style or needs change, allow your design to follow. All your “big” purchases that you spend a lot of money on should be neutral and in durable materials. Do not buy an expensive couch in your favorite color of the week. Buy it in durable material that is a neutral color. If you want color, find it in accent pillows or throw blankets. If you are going for a big pop, try painting an accent wall (However, my personal design opinion is that your paint should still be neutral colors). Typically, you can make the biggest statements with fabrics (curtains, pillows, rugs, blankets) or wall design (art pieces, pictures, mirrors). Furniture, wall color, kitchen fixtures, etc. should all be neutral. It is easier to change your design when you don’t have great expense invested in the items you’re changing.
Do you have questions or would like advice? Feel free to contact me for a design consultation!