It’s no secret that everyone thinks a little bit differently when it comes to their home. And every designer thinks differently when designing a space for themselves or their clients. I wanted to walk you through a few of my many “design processes” to not only give you a little insight as to how I function but hopefully help YOU as you rethink your space.
When I am designing I tend to ask myself a lot of questions. I think it’s important to think critically to avoid making costly mistakes in the long run. I for one don’t want to have to paint a wall 10 times before I am satisfied with how the color turns out. When you factor in $50 for a gallon of high quality paint and a few supplies you’ll save yourself a lot of money and hassle when you think critically.
The first thing I think about is the space of the room. Is it small, large, square, rectangular? How much natural light will the room receive? What part of the house is it in? What will happen here? These are all valid questions to find answers to before you even start. When it comes to my personal style, I would never put a dark color in a small room that receives little to no natural light… especially if it is a common area like a living room, dinning room, or kitchen. However, if it were a small bedroom that received a lot of natural light, had clean lines, and was straight forward in design I may consider going darker for a more relaxing environment, (in fact I did… you’ll see that in a future post).
How does the space you are designing go with the flow of the entire home? Does it clash? Is it dark when everything else is light? When you walk though the space does it make sense… does it feel like you are going with the current or swimming upstream or perhaps it is more like a stagnate swamp of confusion. If it doesn’t flow rethink the space. How can you make it more functional and inviting?
Very similar to “flow,” making sure everything is collective in style will help lessen confusion in your space. I am not saying that you have to have everything matching… and it is totally cool if you love eclectic styles! But, ask yourself this, “Does this item complement the room?” Or maybe it sticks out like an ugly, sore thumb. Does it make sense to you? After all, you are the one that is living there. Don’t live with something that drives you insane. You owe yourself that!
Ever need to clear your head? I think redesigning a room is similar… sometimes you just need to start from scratch and that is OKAY! Often when redesigning a space, I will clear all the furniture I can move to the next room, sit in the middle of the floor and reimagine where I think things would work better. And you know what, it works! (Bonus, it gives you a great opportunity to deep clean all those corners you can’t get to normally.) The same goes for making a place more functional. The less you have cluttering up a room the better.
I know, I know. This is a design blog. And the word contentment isn’t something one will see very often in a place like this. But it is my personal opinion that if you aren’t content you won’t be happy. Maybe there’s some deep spiritual or psychological influence at play… but honestly it’s just about being human. We all want more, we all have dreams and desires and sometimes we just need a change of pace. My challenge is to ask yourself, “Will I be content if _________ happens?” If the answer is, “No,” rethink your priorities. And honestly, if you don’t get excited over your new couch, new paint, or latest home buy than why did you purchase it?
Here’s a great book by Rachel Cruze to read when it comes to contentment and your money: [HERE].
These are just a few ideas, thoughts, and questions I personally use and genuinely hope you find them useful as well. Remember that when you design your home do what makes you happiest. Design your space for you not anyone else and certainly not to impress anyone else…
Did anything stick out to you? Feel free to comment below I would love to hear your feedback.
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