Listen up, sweet friends! Today I’m sharing the best decorating secret you will ever get! This one thing has helped me time and time again to create beautiful rooms in my home I love and are truly my style! Do you want to know my secret?
The master bedroom at StoneGable is our sanctuary! It took me a long, long time to decorate it. I LOVE the decorating process and have learned to live with a bit of a mess when decorating so I am careful to think through each decorating decision I make!
I have decorated then master 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! This
CREATE AN IDEA BOARD
It’s sad to me that home decorators don’t take the time to build an idea board of their own. Yes, it is a little work. But the payoff is huge! You can actually SEE things you like and have chosen for a room come together before you actually do one thing with your room!
Here’s the idea board I made for the master bedroom. But putting this board together came after I had already done many other things first!
I create my board by saving all the pretty images I find on the internet and then grouping them together in PicMonkey, a photo editing app.
But creating an inspiration board is only a tiny part of this best decorating tip!
However, I’m putting the cart before the horse. And showing you one of the results of this best decorating tip!
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 our minds permission to think freely and creatively and be inspired.
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 heart’s desire! It’s also expensive because we make mistakes!
Beginning with a successful end in mind starts with a whole lot of thought and processing… and daydreaming!
HERE’S HOW THE BEST DECORATING TIPS 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. J
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
When I am CREATIVE DAYDREAMING so many great ideas come to me… my best decorating 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! However, when we are making decorative changes we really need to do this!
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT AND WRITE DOWN
Here are just some of the things you want to think about and write down…
- size of room
- shape of room
- windows- how many, where, shape
- doors- how many, where, shape
- traffic patterns
- items that work and you will keep in the room
- what has to go
- types of furniture you need in a room
- lighting needs (ambient, accent and task lighting) where, what type
- color scheme
- accessories needed (pillows, throws, rugs, trays, baskets, etc)
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 decorating notes from my sessions!
MORE THINGS TO ASK YOURSELF
More things to ask yourself…
- color and the way the colors you chose are affected 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,
inspirationfor 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!
WHAT NOT TO THINK ABOUT WHEN DAYDREAMING
Here’s what you don’t think about when you are creatively daydreaming…
- how long a project will take
- worry about how you will get it all done
- anything negative
- don’t think about 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. You might also like to read STAY ORGANIZED WITH BULLET JOURNALING. This post is so helpful to keep your thoughts on track!
NOW MAKE AN INSPIRATION BOARD
Use all the pretty ideas from Pinterest and other sources and create a board that will look somewhat like the room you are planning! How fun!
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!
This is the best decorating tip you will ever get…
CREATIVE DAYDREAMING +PLANNING +ACTION= FABULOUS DECOR!
You have a formula to create a beautiful home… one project at a time!
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