I’m just about ready to start decorating our Master Bedroom and Sitting Room! Believe me, this will be a long process just like all the reno’s go on all the other rooms at StoneGable. There will be lots of diy’s and long weekend projects and life in between decorating. Because Bobby and I do most of the work ourselves it’s a very long process… that is just how we decorate.
Did you know that I have already decorated the bedroom and sitting room over and over in my mind a hundred times? Yes! And each time I’ve honed the look and made changes and added and edited decor… all in my mind! Today I’m sharing MY VERY BEST DECORATING TIP! One that so many home decorators skip but really should not! ONE single tip that can go a long way to assure successful and beautiful decorating!
There are so many great decorating tips that will save us time and money and help us to create the most glorious rooms of our dreams… but we need to take time for those dreams to develop wings and fly!
We need to have time to do what I call “CREATIVE DAYDREAMING”. This process gives your mind permission to think freely and creatively and be inspired.
It is so so important to do this before you begin any decor changes! Many of us don’t take the time to work out the changes and details before we begin a project. We just begin! And that often causes us to make decor mistakes and end with decor that is not our hearts desire!
Beginning with a successful end in mind starts with a whole lot of thought and processing… and daydreaming!
Here’s how CREATIVE DAYDREAMING works…
I go into the room that I will be making any changes in, great and small, and literally sit. No technology, no music, no people, no pets… just me and the room and a pen and paper.
And I sit…. and sit… and take the room in. I don’t hurry this process! I take a good long, look at the walls and the doors and the windows and the shape of room! I get to know the traffic pattern of the room again and reassess them. And I make notes. Copious notes! You will be amazed at what you will be able to see and how the creative process will begin to work. When I am CREATIVE DAYDREAMING so many great ideas come to me… my best ideas come to me.
In our daily lives most of us don’t walk into the rooms in our home and really notice them… we don’t take the time to give them a scrutinizing look! When we are making decorative changes we really need to do this!
CREATIVE DAYDREAMING is a process! Don’t hurry it! I think the more time I invest in CREATIVE DAYDREAMING the easier my room will be to decorate.
Break CREATIVE DAYDREAMING down into a few sessions. I always do this! Sometimes I have pages and pages of thoughts and notes from my sessions!
Use CREATIVE DAYDREAMING to think about…
- color and the way the colors you chose are effected by the light in the room…
- styles, “feel”, tone, mood
- furniture, what kind you want and need, what finishes, what style, what size, new or will you keep what you have…
- where to put furniture, editing the furniture in a room, adding furniture to a room
- what kind of window covering would work in a specific room, shades, blinds or shutters
- fabrics, what kind, colors, textures
- changes you need to make, things you want to keep exactly like they are
- little details, big details
- wallcovering, paint, trim
- lighting, chandy, table lamps, floor lights, ceiling lights, light switches, outlets
- art, mirrors,
- inspiration for the changes you will be making
- vignettes, tabletops,
- carpet, hardwoods, rugs
- there are a lot more questions to ask yourself during CREATIVE DAYDREAMING!
Remember you are writing all your daydreams and thoughts down. You will never remember all the great ideas and thought that will pop into your head!
Here’s what you don’t think about…
- how long a project will take
- how you will get it all done
- anything negative
- anything that will squelch your creative thought and deflate your inspiration.
There will be plenty of time to be more practical as the decorative process moves along.
After a few sessions of CREATIVE DAYDREAMING you will have tons and tons of ideas and lots of notes! NOW is the time to look for concrete examples of the inspiration you have written down. I LOVE Pinterest and blogs and magazines for finding real-life examples of what I love.
Make a Pinterest board for every new project. Gather ideas in one place and MAKE A PLAN! Plan out every detail and every step. I love to make a checklist. This plan is not necessarily written in stone. As you go along leave a little breathing room for your project to grow and change.
Now you will be kicking your project into high gear… and you will be on such a creative high!
My next best decorating advice it to DO SOMETHING! Make sure you carry your inspirations and ideas and plans out in action! Don’t let all those beautiful decor ideas languish!
CREATIVE DAYDREAMING +PLANNING +ACTION= FABULOUS DECOR!
This is your formula to a beautiful home… one project at a time!
Remember to pin this to your Pinterest HOME DECOR board. You can follow me and see what I’m pinning every day HERE.