Q: My biggest struggle is where to start (what vibe and colors I want). And when do you know that a room is finished :)? -Eva
A: Great question, Eva. I am so passionate about the planning aspect of decorating, and I am SUPER excited to share my process with you today! I’m going to share this in two parts! First, how to create a decor plan and then how to execute your plan!
How to Create a Decor Plan
In past homes, I lived by the rule that if you only buy things you love, your house will feel like you and in your own special way… kind of match. And while I still appreciate the thought there, I do think it takes a lot MORE planning than that to make a truly great room. Planning has made ALL the difference for me. In my last home I made dozens of regret purchases (those things you randomly buy at Target because they’re cute and then realize later that you don’t need or want), and in our current home that hasn’t been much of a problem. The difference, PLANNING.
So, quickly, I am going to run you through some simple steps to plan a room before you buy ANYTHING. And if you already have some things you want to use for your room, be sure and include them in your plan.
- Choose a color scheme. I cannot emphasize this enough. A strong color scheme of 4-6 colors that play well together will save you so much stress and wasted money. It will make it much easier to pull your room together. Choose the main color, some accent colors, your metal finish and your wood finish.
- Make a pin board for things you are shopping for. Using a pin board is a great way to see how that new sofa would look with those fun chairs you’ve been eyeing. It’s also a good way to spot which things don’t fit into your vision.
- Take the time to really figure out the function of your room. What will you do there? Is it more an entertaining space or a space for just you? What function does it need to be set up for? There’s nothing worse than an adorable room that doesn’t function as it needs to for your home or family life! Take that into account and plan accordingly.
How to Execute Your Plan
Now that you have a plan, how do you execute it while staying budget friendly. And most importantly, how do you know when to call the room complete?
I like to shop in layers! First get the major pieces. These are the ones you need to save up for like maybe a quality sofa or a new rug. Take care of those first; they’re the biggest priority.
After you have the main pieces in place that will be there year round, add the decor that will also stay year round. Things like curtains, light fixtures and accent tables. I find it very helpful to shop for these after the main pieces are in place so you can make sure the pieces work together. I believe very strongly that a good shopper is good returner. I typically have to return at least a handful of things when I’m decorating. It’s just a part of the process!
Then last, add the fun personality pieces like a beautiful candle, a vintage brass figurine and some plants! These are the finishing touches. You’ll get a better result if you shop for these items after you’ve already mostly finished the room.
Knowing when to call a room complete is a tough one. A lot of people (myself included) finish a room 80 or 90 percent and then lose steam at the end. After a few months of seeing your mostly finished room everyday, it’s so easy to forget that there’s still some more to do.
On the other hand, a lot of us struggle with the need for change. If you let me, I’d redecorate a room ten times. It’s like an addiction. And that’s not so good either.
So my best suggestion for knowing when a room is complete is to keep to your plan. When you’ve checked off all the boxes, you’re done. And if you still struggle with a need for change, get into seasonal decor. It’s the best medicine!
I hope this was helpful! I’ll be here to chat in the comments if you guys have any questions! xx -Elsie
Credits//Author: Elsie Larson, Photography: Alyssa Rosenheck.