Hello friends! I've spent the past few weeks sharing inspiration on several rooms in the house (family room, dining room and outdoor rooms). I hope you've gotten some good ideas!
Well there's another piece to the puzzle. Creating a master plan. If you want a home that feels good and works for you, you need a PLAN. This will allow you to take your time with things, since you'll have something to guide you along the way.
I give clients a handy dandy checklist to help figure things out - email me and I'll send you one as well! Here are the basics...
Your room will do nothing for you if you don't consider how the space will function. Don't be limited by what a room is "supposed" to be. Also note that the functions of a room will change over the years, so it's important to think ahead and make sure you have flexibility in your plan.
This is where you'll consider how you want to layout your furniture. Using 1/4" graph paper or online floorplan tools are really helpful!
Hopes and Dreams
This is the fun part - what are your hopes and dreams for this room? This is the warm and fuzzy side to function.
Here's an example based on my family room...
Walsh Family Room Hopes and Dreams: Snuggling with family while watching TV, hosting dance parties, hosting beer pong parties (I know I'm not in college anymore but we can still have fun, right?), hosting video game parties, taking a nap, watching the birds outside my window, reading a good book, playing air hockey, knitting, playing marathon Monopoly games, having a space where my kids can create anything they want, hosting my husband's fantasy football draft (again, I know we're not in college but it's tradition!), and doing yoga.
Whew! Long list! But I can honestly say that we do all of these things in this room. Everyone's hopes and dreams are different. This is how you can make your space unique to you and your family.
This is where you can nail down your color scheme, as well as look and feel. Pinterest and Houzz offer plenty of inspiration, as well as magazines. But you can think outside the box and be inspired by an object. For example, I recently bought a necklace in Ecuador and I have it on my banister as inspiration for my living room - I love the color, the feel and the organic quality of it.
Or look outside for inspiration. It's everywhere you look. At the beach, it's sand, shells, rocks, the ocean and the dune grass. In the woods, it's the bark, moss, foliage and plants. In your garden, it's the flowers, grass, trees and landscape. The sky's the limit!
Make a list of what you have and how you want to use it. You might want to switch things around and put them into other rooms. Also think about pieces that are focal points or conversation starters. They always make a room feel special.
Things to Scout
Although you might be able to use what you have, you also might have to purchase some new pieces. Keep a list handy (along with ideal measurements) so when you're searching, you can be a master scouter.
Paint Color Ideas
There's a reason this is last. I think paint color is the last thing you should decide on. There are an infinite number of paint colors so it's best to figure out all the other stuff first.
Take a look at my paint guide for help with choosing paint colors!
I hope this helps you make sense of your design aspirations! Again, I'm happy to email my checklist to you! Or, if you need some guidance, I can help you create a master plan. Just click here to contact me...
Until next time!
I'm all about sharing ideas in home design, gardening and living so we can love our homes. I'm joined by my dog, Boomer, who is always by my side.