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I love decorating my home, a fresh look and feel can really transform a room – but it can be a minefield of decision making and choices.

All too easily that project can turn from pleasure into pain – the paint colour is wrong, or something doesn’t quite work, and it takes money, time and effort to change.

Who wants that?

When designing a room scheme it’s all too easy to jump straight to the fun part of buying nice accessories, choosing furniture and paint etc… – but with no plan it can go horribly wrong pretty quickly…

what to do first when you are designing a room scheme

The best thing to do when you come to change a room scheme is to think first and act later.

This means that you have to spend some time up front working out exactly what you want and what you need from the space, getting input from all members of the house (where appropriate), and generally ironing out most of the decision making before you spend a single penny.

The following 2 things, if done before you start working on a room scheme in your home, should save you a lot of time, stress and money in the long run.

So sit back, grab a coffee and a notepad, and get planning!

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Before you do anything else you need a pen and some paper.

Just writing down all your thoughts and ideas on a sheet of paper can help you see what you are aiming for.

It doesn’t have to be complicated – but a quick brainstorm is the perfect start.

Simply write down everything you can think of about what you want from the room – anything that springs to mind…

  • Colours
  • Style
  • What’s staying
  • What new things are needed (if any)
  • The feel you want
  • What the room needs to do (function i.e. storage / layout etc…)
  • Budget available

Brainstorm when designing a room scheme - interior design

These become the starting point for your room.

Basically – you want to be able to visualise the room before you lift a finger or spend any money….

Just by doing this brainstorm, you should be able to start to see whether there are any conflicts or worries from any of the things you have written down, and once you have finalised this list (possibly removing or adding things as you think things through) it’s a great list to keep coming back to whenever you are making a purchase or decision about the space.

For example – you may want to have a dining room that is perfect for evening meals – dark with soft lighting. But you also want it to serve as a home office in the daytime. As such you may have to lighten the room a little more and add in furniture that hides the office away when entertaining.

TIP – do this with your partner and any other members of the family, or get them to do their own and then come together to see how close you are to what you all want to see in the space. This can be very revealing and can also help you to ensure at a very early stage that you are all aiming for the same things and will all be happy at the end of it (you get the chance to talk it all through and compromise if needed)

Brainstorming costs very little to do – it’s really just a pen and paper and some of your time – so it’s always the best place to start. You can iron out a lot of the bigger aspects of a scheme and be more confident that you are aiming for something that will work well.


Interior design schemes can be hard - here's what to do first - in 2 steps - so you won't go wrong

The next step requires more work, but I would always recommend doing it as it’s a fantastic way to visualise the scheme before any money is spent or work is done…

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