#1 Biggest Decorating Mistake
Happy Friday everyone. I am going to bare my dirty little secret to you. I am quite embarrassed by this and am ashamed to even be telling you this. But here goes… My home is not even designed or decorated. How did this come to be? Aren’t designer supposed to be living in Architectural Digest, photogenic homes. You would think. My home was decorated at one time, had pictures on the walls, rugs, and decorative accessories. What happened? Well, I divorced and I wanted a fresh start for my whole environment, so I got rid of furniture, decor, dishes, everything that I just didn’t love anymore. Sounds like a plan right? Actually, there was no plan and that is where the problem began. I thought I would see things I absolutely loved to decorate and furnish my home as I went along. What a very lovely and very stupid idea. So in order for you not to make the same mistakes I made, I am telling you this common and probably the biggest one decorating mistake to overcome. DECORATING WITHOUT A PLAN! Do not wing it and get rid of everything thinking you will find the perfect pieces as you go along.
PLAN, PLAN, and PLAN.
Well, seven years later my home is still in disarray and a miss match of items. I just started getting stuff to fill the gap my purge left. I needed some place to sit and some lighting. I had no plan, no style ideas, nothing. This doesn’t have to be a hard and fast plan to start, that will come as you delve in the decorating world. Start a Pinterest board for each room you plan to decorate or the old-fashioned manual version of Pinterest- a scrapbook.
What’s in a Plan
A good place to start is to get all the dimensions in a room. This includes window and door widths and height, and dimensions of any fireplaces or other architectural details in the room. On the floor plan mark where the outlets, switches, and vents are. This information is extremely helpful when buying furniture so that you can make sure it fits in the space.
Also, measure any existing furniture that is going to stay in the room. This helps when you want to buy lamps for a table, art going over a sofa, etc. You now have a drawn out and detail the floor plan, add this to your design file. What is a design file? This is a notebook or file that has all your decorating and design information for each room.
Along with your floor plan and furniture dimensions, you should also have any paint and fabric swatches for a room. You can quickly grab your file when you go shopping to compare items with the colors of the paint and fabric and check if the items will fit in your space. One other handy item that is a must to keep in your design file is a tape measure. This is an indispensable little tool.
Here’s a handy guide that you can print out and use to get you started on your design plan.
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