How much do you want or have to spend on the project? Having a budget before you begin will help you to streamline the many decorating options that are available. A budget allows you to focus on what you want to change the most about the room. It will also keep you from spending well beyond what you intended to spend. Also, without a budget, you may be unable to complete the project because of the expense.
How do you want to change the room? Are you changing the purpose of the room, such as converting a bedroom into a home office? Is your vision for more furniture, or less? Do you want all new furniture or just a few new items? Are you keeping the furniture, and changing all of the accents in the room, such as the wall décor, wall color, lighting, or flooring? Deciding the function of the room will help you to determine the contents of the room such as the type of furniture and lighting.
When choosing furniture for the room, keep in mind the measurements of the room and the size of the furniture that will be in the room. A room that is crowded does not “feel” comfortable, nor is it visually appealing.
Is your home décor traditional, modern, rustic, or eclectic? Staying with the theme of your home will not detract from the changes in the room you’re redecorating. Sometimes drastically altering the theme of a room from other areas gives an odd feel to the renovated room.
What colors will blend well in your new room? If you have a definite idea about the color you want the walls to be, then you will want to coordinate what you place in the room to your chosen wall color. A neutral wall color will give you many more options. Perhaps you’re satisfied with the wall color, and the walls only need a fresh coat of paint.
More color choices to consider include drapes, blinds, throw pillows, furniture color and patterns, carpets, throw rugs and wall art. How much do you want these items to contrast or blend in the room? What “feel” do you want in the room? If the room is to be a soothing area, less contrast is advised. If your goal is to create a fun “feel”, more contrast in color and texture will help to achieve that mood. The color red raises the energy level in a room. The color yellow is cheerful. Blue is considered a calm, relaxing, and serene color. Green is said to be the most restful color for eyes and is a good color for unwinding. Orange is thought to be an energetic color.
How much light do you want in the room? Where do you want the light source to be? Based upon the “feel” you want for the room, the furnishings in the room, and the style, you have the choices of ceiling, wall, and table or floor lamps. All of these light locations come in numerous colors, materials, styles, and sizes.
Redecorating a room can be enjoyable when you get off to a good start. Establish your budget, know the spaces (dimensions) you’re working with and have a theme (style, color, and lighting) in mind. Have fun with your project!
Written by Jessica Kane. Jessica is a professional writer who has an interest in interior design and home decor. She currently writes for ECOS Paints, a leading vendor of superior, durable and eco-friendly paints.