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Preparing for your Interior Design Project: Tips to Help You Get Ahead. *

Tips that will help keep stress levels low and almost a feeling of being in control.

You’ve finally made the decision to start work on that room you’ve been umming and ahhhing about for months, but you don’t know where to start or what to prioritise?

There has been a lot going on here over the past couple of weeks. Finally our roof is getting repaired as well as entering the final stages of our bedroom renovation. I posted on instagram about the power of planning in a renovation project and how it helped me to get ahead and feel in control when there has been all kinds of other chaos unfolding around me and it got me thinking…

What exactly do I put in place at the start of a project that can help you to create that lovely (and often allusive) feeling of being in control – despite having too many things going on at once?

So, here is how I get to work when planning a new project. Having the foundations in place will give you the POWER when your project starts – no matter how long it takes to complete.

Start with your vision. Or at least by gathering one.

There are three things I always like to have on the go in the research phase of  project:

  • A fresh, new Pinterest board.
  • A dedicated instagram folder for saves.
  • A separate folder of photos and inspiration for each project in the photos app on my phone.

The first step in getting clarity and feeling some level of control and direction over your interior design project is to have a clear vision. If you don’t have one already, and even if you do – this is where a mood board comes into play, create a visual tool that will help you to gather your inspiration, colour loves and all your ideas in one place. 

It is be a really fun and creative project itself, especially if you choose to make a physical board. Include magazine tears, fabrics, colour swatches or things you have gathered whilst out and about – maybe postcards, or collections from nature. Include anything that helps you feel inspired and focusses your eye for the space you are creating. 

A digital mood board such as Pinterest is a great place to collect ideas and to pin inspirational images as and when you find them. Pinterest is great for capturing an overall vision, BUT, detail and refinement is the key to clarity and finding a scheme that really works for you. Be sure to edit and prioritise as you go. 

Your mood board is a great tool to refer back to throughout your project, use it to ensure your design stays cohesive and aligned to your overall vision.

Explore Colour. Develop Your Colour + Materials Palette.

Choosing the right colours and materials is crucial for the success of your renovation. The key to long term love match for the colours you choose is a palette that fills you with inspiration. Maybe it’s one that tells a story or reminds you of an experience. If you don’t know where to start, here are my favourite places to start looking for that spark of inspiration.

  1. Artwork – it might be you find inspiration from a piece of art you already have, a piece from an exhibition, or one you have spotted and is an absolute must have for your new space. 
  2. Look at your favourite clothing brands and shops, they have teams of people dedicated to putting amazing colour palettes together – if you have a brand you absolutely love – this can be a great place to look. 
  3. Travel – what were the colours being used in a recent airbnb or hotel you stayed at? What about the areas and towns you visited? Often other cultures use colours very differently to our own, and so this can be a great place if you are looking for something a bit different.
  4. Use your favourite colour to create a statement. You don’t have to rely on a multitude of colours when selecting a palette, simply using different shades of the same colour can also have an equally strong impact.

You can read a more in depth blog on how to choose a colour palette right here.

Creating a balanced and visually interesting space is done through designing a layered interior. Don’t simply rely on the walls to bring the colour into your space. Instead aim to create a layered palette through texture, with furnishings, furniture and every other aspect of your design.

Selecting Materials. Choose Quality for Long-Term Success.

When it comes to selecting materials, it is important to consider what is already there – flooring and other structural elements may not be feasible to, or may not require changing. So be sure you consider and include what is already there when choosing your new palette and materials. 

Invest in as higher quality materials as you can, it will pay off in the long run – replacing and upgrading later is way more exhausting! Visit showrooms, order ALL the samples, and compare the different options as well as looking at all the elements together and I promise, it will be easier to make informed decisions.

Layout Planning: Design Your Space With Functionality in Mind.

A good layout not only enhances the aesthetic appeal but also improves the usability of your space and is vital to any interior design project.

If you don’t already have a layout plan (maybe you have one from the sales particulars if you bought the place recently?) Take accurate measurements of your space and create a floor plan – you can do this either by hand or by using one of the many free online versions available. 

When planning your layout, whether you are starting from scratch or keeping the furniture that you already have, you must consider the flow and your ease of movement within the space.

Ultimately your goal is to make the room flow and function in the best way possible and by playing around with different furniture placement as well as different furniture options, you will be able to make the best of the space. For longevity, be sure to tailor your layout and final furniture choices depending on how you intend to use the space. 

Final Considerations. Realising Your Project.

Whether you intend to complete your project all in one go or over a longer period of time, by planning in advance, you can give yourself the best foundation to ensure your project runs smoothly and aligns with your vision. Your project can then slowly unfold in the least stressful way, and come together as and when it works for you.

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