Do You Have a Decorating Plan? Part One

Remember the time when you were trying to decorate your living room, but found yourself getting nowhere fast? You couldn’t decide on a color palette to save your life. What about the design mistakes like the sofa that didn’t fit, or the ugly art that someone you love gave you for your birthday?

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It seemed like it would be simple didn’t it? It is! You just need to make sure that you start with a plan.

“Where do I start?” you ask. Be your own client. List your likes and dislikes. Don’t leave out your family. They live there too. Figure out your budget and what you need and want. Make sure those things fit into your budget. You don’t want to waste money on things you think you want but don’t really fit your style.

Here are some questions that I ask my clients during our initial consultation:

1. How does your home make you feel? How do you want to feel in your
home?
2. Do you own or rent? How long do intend to live here?
3. How many people live here and their ages?
4. What about pets? Inside or outside?
5. Do you entertain much?
6. Do you have enough storage space?
7. What about color? Your favorite? Your least favorite? What about the others who      live here?

Let’s take these questions one by one…

How does your home make you feel? How do you want to feel in your home? This is important because your well-being is important. I believe that your living and working environments can have a profound effect on every aspect of your life. Stress can wreak havoc in your life and your home should be a haven from anything negative.

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Do you own or rent? How long do you intend to live here? The answers to these questions will determine how much money and time you are willing to invest in the project. Also, it will help you decide what type of design project you need. Are you going to want just furniture and accessories, or everything from paint to flooring.

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How many people live here and what are their ages? Yes, this is important. If you live alone you don’t have to worry about anyone else’s needs. Maybe you have small children, or children leaving for college. What about elderly relatives? These are all consideration that will have an impact on the final design.

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What about pets? Inside or outside? If you have pets living inside your home, the types of finishes you choose will need to be durable.

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Do you entertain much? Maybe you have room for guests or you might want to find more space so that you can have lots of people over.

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Do you have enough storage space? You don’t have to have closets everywhere to find storage. There are many creative options.

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What about color? Your favorite? Your least favorite? What about the others who live here? Color affects your mood and can be used to create a specific mood in your home. Be mindful of each person’s preference.
These are just some of the questions to ask yourself before you begin decorating. Tomorrow I will have the rest of the list and more tips for your design plan.

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