1. // YOUR WHY //
Have you ever wondered where to start with decorating? Me too! May I gently suggest that as you think about starting a new project, you start with your ‘why’? Think about how you want to use the space, but also dig a little deeper and think about the way you want to feel when you’re there.
As an example, for an entryway or mudroom, you want it to have a place for coats, shoes, keys, an umbrella, a place to put outgoing and incoming mail, etc. - I’m sure you can think of a few other things you need. Those are the practical needs for that space.
But how do you want it to feel? It’s probably a safe assumption that you want it to feel welcoming, but beyond that, do you want it to feel calming or energizing? Quirky or streamlined? Cheerful or exotic?
Be sure to write down all you words that come to mind when thinking about your space, they can even be a little contradictory too. Like this entryway - I think it's both calming (because of the white walls and use of natural materials) and cheerful (thanks to the gorgeous orange door and fun pattern on the bench cushion).
2. // GATHER INSPIRATION //
This step will really help you create a room you love! After you write down a list of keywords of how you want to feel in your room, think about what you can do to help you feel that way - what colours and items connect to those feelings for you?
To help with this, create a moodboard in three simple steps:
1 // Take your list of inspiration words and gather inspiration! While keeping your words front and center, turn to Pinterest, magazines, blogs, websites and/or interior design books to find a handful of images that make you feel those feelings. Don’t over-think it, just collect all images that stand out to you - you will sort through it later.
2 // When you have a good amount of images, sift through your inspiration and really consider which ones are your favourites. You can pick one or two images that stand out the most and use them as a focal point.
3 // You can glue the images to paper or tape them on a wall or other surface. You can then add paint chips that correspond with your images and even include fabric or 3-dimensional items to create your personal moodboard that reflects your style and the mood you want to create in the room. This will become an invaluable reference for when you’re ready to make actual decisions about the room!
3. // PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER //
Okay, are you ready for the 3rd and final part? This step will help you bridge the gap between inspiration and reality.
Once you have your moodboard, analyze your images and find the colours, materials, patterns and specific pieces (furniture, lighting, etc.) that stand out to you.
This can give you ideas for how to use your existing furniture or what new pieces to buy. Inspired by your images, you may decide to paint a bookcase a new colour, re-upholster a chair in a new fabric or perhaps buy some throw pillows to liven up your couch.
Other decisions that your moodboard will help with are the colour palette, ideas for accessorizing and styling the room, patterns you’re drawn to, window treatments and furniture layout. You don’t need to literally use the ideas in your inspiration images, but it will spark ideas that you can translate to fit your own space!
It'ts because I had collected inspiration images like the one from Domino above that I looked for and bought a vintage trunk as a coffee table - which we love! (On a sidenote, the face my little guy makes here cracks me up.)
I hope you enjoyed this three step approach to getting started with decorating a room! If you love to browse for inspiration photos, but need some help with cutting through the overwhelm and narrow down your style, please feel free to grab the free workbook in the sidebar. :)