When decorating a room you are met with dozens of choices that must be made all at once. Some choices even hinge on what other choices you are making, for instance; if you get the brown sofa then your chairs need to be something that coordinates with that shade of brown.
You can go crazy trying to make all the choices by memory and that is why I highly recommend the Project Book to keep your selections easily organized. see post on Project Book
**remember your floor plan and furniture size requirements need to be completed before you concern yourself with style see post Floor Plans Made Easy
Solve Decorating Overwhelm by Having a Virtual Shopping Day:
- Start by reviewing your local stores on-line to determine who is most likely to carry your style – for instance my area has IKEA and Layne Bryant furniture stores and they carry very different style choices.
- Once you find stores that carry the style that is “you” narrow your selection to no more than three store possibilities. You can do this by checking their prices and how far you have to drive to visit them.
- Grab your camera and your small notebook and head to the stores. Be sure to carry water and schedule breaks between shopping tours. As you look over items be sure to photograph the items that are possibilities as well as jot down the cost, the color, manufacturer etc.
- Make contact with a sales rep and if they treat you well get their business card for future reference.
- Once you see an item of furniture that catches your eye, you MUST “try it on” by using it as you would at home. Relax in a recliner or sofa, sit at a dining room table. Imagine your family or guests using these pieces as well. If it is a table it is important to sit at it in the chair you will use or one that is the same height.
- Check the tag on the furniture – it should have the size so be sure to write it down exactly as it is written. It is common for measurements in decorating to be listed as width x depth x height so always make a note of “W” “D” or “H” after your numbers for accuracy.
- If you are choosing accessories, be sure to measure them as well and jot down where you think they will fit best in your room.
You can’t take too many notes while on this investigative search so take your time and have fun!!
- Once you are home from your virtual shopping day you will want to upload your photos and narrow down your choices.
- Try to get down to no more than 4-5 choices per furniture item.
- Print up photos of your final choices in black and white unless the showroom sample is the color you want. Then on your photo post a paint chip or a swatch of color that is the one you want.
- Glue your pictures to poster board and hang them in the room. This is actually what a designer does for her clients and it’s called a “Color Board”
- Give it a few days, ask those that live in the home with you what is their favorite but remember to go with what feels best to YOU.
- Remove the extra posters or items you are eliminating and leave up your “final choice” – the board with your chosen selection on it
- “Live” with this for about a week to be sure you like your selection.
Now that you have “your final answer” you are ready to make your purchases. The color board and photos will help you to be patient while you wait for the orders you place to arrive. Remember custom tends to take 6 – 8 weeks from order date to delivery. You can use this time and your color board to choose accessories if you want.
I hope this helps you take the overwhelm out of choosing new decor for your home. Enjoy the process as much as you can and this energy will transfer over into your home energy as well.
‘till next time,
Your Personal Space Coach