ever found yourself standing in the
middle of a room that’s just one big hot
mess begging for a makeover? I’ve been there! Or how about an empty room with so many possibilities – you don’t even know where
to start? Yep, I’ve been there too!
hear people say, “I’m just not good at
decorating. I have so many ideas but I’m not sure how to put them together and actually make
a space look good.” If this sounds
familiar, don’t worry! I promise, there
dive in and start painting your walls, or buying curtains you should make a
plan. the biggest mistake you can make in
any room is starting without a plan.
the perfect room design, you need to
first think about how the space will be used. This will help you develop a layout that maximizes a room’s potential. Interior
designers refer to this process as space
planning. It’s basically just figuring
out where to place all the furniture in
any given room to ensure the best
possible traffic flow. Space planning also helps to create an aesthetically pleasing
your room’s design before you start is
absolutely the best way to save time when designing a space. Creating a
space plan to work from should be done
BEFORE you even think about choosing
colors or accessorizing!
By now you should know just how important this first step is, but you may be wondering how to go about creating a plan. Let’s break it down into a few quick and easy steps!
using graph paper and pencils, they are simple, fun and inexpensive.
drawing a rough sketch of the shape of
the room. Try to draw it to scale as best you can.
drawn all the walls, add windows and
doorways. Next, add permanent fixtures like
fireplaces or radiators. Include any other elements that may affect furniture
placement. Lastly, draw in light
you’ll need to figure out where NOT to
place furniture. Mark off any spaces directly in front of doors, wall openings or around air
the room’s focal point, if there is one. If
your room doesn’t have an obvious focal point, you may have to create your own. Don’t
overthink this step, a focal point is simply
what immediately captures your attention
upon entering the room. (i.e. a fireplace in a living room, a bed in a bedroom or a large
table in the dining room.)
Once you decide
on a focal point, you can fill in the
rest of the room with supporting furniture. In this step, it’s important to create balance around
your focal point. You want to create a
design that places furniture around the
focal point with symmetry throughout the
way to design a balanced room is to make
little paper furniture cutouts and put them
on top of your sketch. Use paper and scissors to make cutouts in the shapes of the furniture
pieces that you plan to use. Do your
best to match the scale of the cutouts
to the scale of your sketch. The paper
furniture cutouts are easy to move
around on your sketch. This makes it
painless to try several layouts and see what works best. Trust me, this is way easier
than actually moving furniture around in
Having a bird’s eye view and looking down at your sketch can really help you recognize if the room feels off balance. As you begin to move your cutouts around on the floor plan, you’ll start to see which layout combinations work best.