Last week we mulled over collecting inspirational images and deciding how your space should feel. Different rooms often require a different vibe; bedrooms are generally peaceful and relaxing while living areas can be fun and upbeat or lazy and luxurious, so its easiest to work on one room at a time.
To pull a room design together there are certain elements and principles you have to consider.
The first is Colour and Light: Refer back to your inspirational images and analyse if overall the colours are clear and bright, dark and moody or include minimal colour. Find a focus that makes you happy and group the images that have this in common.
The next thing to consider is space, or in design term Scale. Are you a fan of cosy and small or spacious and large. Did you choose landscapes that include tall, vertical lines or wide open spaces focusing on the horizon? Don’t worry if you have a combination of both just concentrate on how you want your space to feel and it will become obvious.
The next thing I encourage you to think about is not style based but boringly practical, that of Storage. Do you need only a little or loads of it? Do you like everything behind closed doors out of sight or do you love stuff on display. Refer to your images again, are they busy with lots of interest or serene and empty of things? Make a decision and search for some options that suit.
Next is directly related to Style. (not to be confused with a theme!)
Do you love a Snow Chalet or a Beach Shack? I love the heat, sun and sand more than you can imagine and really enjoy browsing the light, white, open homes that are frequently printed in magazines. But I live in a cool climate and styling my home this way left me feeling cold and forlorn during the Winter months. It wasn’t until I realised that cosy, dark and warm were more my style that I really understood how to create a house I love coming home to.
This is probably the most difficult part of pulling a room design together considering that often decorating is a journey and we make mistakes as well as grow and change along the way. But it can’t hurt to take some time to identify if you prefer timber or glass, trendy or traditional, glamorous or organic. What do your inspirational images tell you?
Drill into what you love in each picture, are you beginning to like some more than others? Select and print or copy the ones that reflect the colour, scale, style and storage options for your room design and create a moodboard. Collage them on your fridge, pin them to a cork board, stick them to the back of a door or take a pic on your phone, keep your images anywhere that you can refer to them regularly. This becomes your visual reference to guide you when making design decisions and spending your hard earned savings on styling your space. Without guidance we all get off track and a moodboard is like a roadmap pointing you in the right direction.
Images above via Pinterest
Here Abigail Ahern uses not only images but words to shape the style of her space.
There are many more elements and principles you can put to use but worrying about everything becomes over whelming. If you are looking for more reading I have previously posted about Repetition and Texture but don’t stress too much because next post I’ll guide you through layering and how this adds designer magic to your space.
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