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1. PICK A STARTING POINT.
Let’s say you’re starting a family room makeover. Where do you even begin the design process? Look to the staple pieces, larger furniture like couches and chairs. Those are going to be the main focus of the room so you’ll want them to be good looking and comfortable (which doesn’t always go hand-in-hand, right?).
Next look at textiles: window treatments, area rugs, and accent pillows. By this time you should have a color theme in mind and can narrow down your searches. Then once you have your textiles, it's time to choose a paint color.
Or if you have your base furniture and a paint color in mind, you can then find textiles to coordinate with your color scheme.
2. BE TRUE TO YOU.
A big trend across Pinterest and blogs with tons of rooms having gorgeous mono-chromatic color schemes. Beige everywhere! Couches, chairs, wall colors… pretty much everything in the room.
3. LOOK FOR INSPIRATION TO FINISH YOUR VISION.
If you’re having trouble narrowing down colors, look for inspiration. Houzz.com is an excellent source for interior design ideas.
One trick when flipping through design magazines take photos of the pages you like with your phone. Do the same thing when out shopping.
4. MAKE A MOOD BOARD.
So you’re probably wondering by now… how do I put all of these ideas together? MOOD BOARDS. If your worried how colors, patterns, and textures will flow together, creating a mood board really takes some fear out of purchases (especially online ones).
Use photo editing software like Photoshop to create your mood boards, but you could even use Paint or Microsoft Word to place saved images next to each other to see how it will all flow together. Now you most likely aren't going to purchase the same pieces as you've placed on your mood board, but your mood board is a big help in making decisions and give guidance on making purchases.
5. MAKE A LIST
Make a list of what you think you’ll need and keep it with you. I personally like to make my lists under Notes on my iPhone. It syncs to my computer at work, laptop at home, and my phone. Gotta love technology! I love the ability to add or delete items from anywhere I am, plus having them within an arm’s reach if I happen to pop into a home store on my lunch break.
6. DON’T FEEL LIKE YOU NEED TO BUY EVERYTHING AT ONCE.
Unless you’ve been saving money for months or are lucky enough to have deep pockets all the time (must be nice, eh?), you probably can’t buy every single thing you want for your new room makeover at once. Furniture, drapes, area rugs, lighting, wall art… it all adds up. Think of your long term goal for the room and buy what you can, then save for the rest.
Think about having a garage sale to get rid of old, unused items and use the money towards purchasing items for your room makeover. Or hit up the local thrift stores for budget-friendly items.
7. BUY MULTI-FUNCTIONAL FURNITURE & HOME DECOR.
Buy home decor that can continually be used throughout your home. Lots of greenery, picture frames and neutral lamps.
8. MAKE IT HOME.
Your house is your home and should have things that remind you of different things that have happened through life. Photos of your great-grandparents, trinkets you’ve collected over the years, your latest (and maybe not greatest) DIY project, and cool collectibles from your family’s travels.
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