Initial planning of designing a room in your home

Your home is the place you are most comfortable and relaxed at therefore designing your home to match with your lifestyle and personal taste is important. Designing a space can be a creative process as well as one that can be time consuming. But if you have a flair for design and would love to be a part of the designing of your own home, then this might be just the challenge you are looking for. Below is a brief guide on designing a room;

Figure out your personal style

Everyone has a different sense of style and the same applies to designing a room. Some people like sparsely decorated rooms with white walls and modern, sleek furniture while others like plush, intricately designed furniture with heavy fabrics and dark colours. Whatever taste you may be, it is best to know what style you mostly love and is comfortable to live with. There are few types of design personalities you can fall in to such as; cozy and rustic, modern and urban, or casual with sparse décor and cheery colours.

Draw an idea board

If you are not sure of the type of style you would like your room to be, you can start off by observing the kind of objects and things you are drawn to. You can either make use of online platforms such as Pinterest to inspire designs from or use a large poster board to organize items that you find interesting temporarily. These can be in the form of fabrics and patterns that you like. Colour palettes or photos that may bring some inspiration like nature or children can be included too. You can also use lifestyle magazines, books or showrooms and stores to get ideas and inspiration. Even a friends’ home may be a source of inspiration, you never know so it is always good to keep a keen eye out.

Mixing and matching colours

Depending on the size and position of the room that you are designing, the colours that you plan to put in the design are important. Colours usually have a strong psychological effect on the mood. For example, red is usually associated with passion, anger and warmth, for example, it would be a bad idea to paint your bedroom this colour as it is bright and will be overpowering. Hues of blue are known as calming and soothing and intellectual colours, so it is best used in a bedroom or living room, however blue can also be associated with being a cold and uninviting colour so choosing a warm based blue like teal or aquamarine will lessen the effect. Make sure you use the colours after appropriate research.

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