A room can be a big project to decorate and a whole house a major ordeal to complete which is why designers and architects are masters at organization. We are also skilled at creating a miniature version of our vision. It’s impossible to cart around all the items we want for the space we are decorating so the use of notebooks, samples, file folders and a camera are essential tools if you want the job to be successful.
Tips for Organizing Your Decorating Project
Create a Color Board: you might have seen an example of a Color Board (one of many organization tools we use) on display at a corporate office or resort that is undergoing remodeling. The purpose is to show the board of directors or the public what changes are coming and what the general design theme will be. For custom homes, color boards are often done to coordinate all the colors and textures going into the project to ensure that they work well together – and to give a record of what you have ordered to compare with the items when they are delivered. For my personal home I made a mini Color Board which fit perfectly in my 3-ring binder project book.
Create a Project Book: For a home or room project a mini color board will do the trick. I will create a project book with pages of samples on boards instead of one cumbersome large board. I use 8 ½ by 11 sheets of poster board (or you can use any kind of thick cardboard) and glue mini samples of paint chips, carpet, wallpaper, counter laminate. It isn’t easy to make the entire background of the board in the color of your walls but if you can that is awesome for your walls are usually the largest example of color in a room. Do not glue anything down until you are certain they are the exact selection you are choosing. You can add plastic sleeve pockets to your binder which will hold the loose samples until you are ready to glue them down.
Take Good Notes: keeping a record of all the samples you love can be overwhelming so this is what I recommend. Choose your own style for organizing your work; you might like just keeping everything in one of those accordion file folders with the Velcro tabs ready to go in your car. Or you might like the 3-ring binder with pockets that I use. Whatever plan you use be sure to make notes on everything you collect: write down where you saw the item, where you can buy it, color, style name, sizes, bar code, cost anything at all that you might need to know if you decide to return and purchase this item.
Take Pictures: use your handy cell phone when you see what you like take a snap of it and make a note in your phone of where you saw it etc. (see step above) Then once a week print up the pictures, transfer your notes and place them in your file under the correct room.
Review and Compare: Once a day or week depending on how fast you are moving through this process, open up your folder and review what you’ve collected. If you still like the item then decide which room you would like it in and if this is all for one room then skip this step and go to the next. If you are sure you want this item for your current decorating project then either three hold punch it to fit in your three ring binder or add it to your accordion file under the correct room.
Before you know it you will have your entire room or home completely “decorated” miniature style and all you have to do is begin purchasing when you are ready to proceed.
I hope you found these tips helpful. Drop me a note and let me know how your decorating project is going.
‘till next time,
Your Personal Space Coach