Hello everyone ! Welcome back ! Today I would like to talk about room designing with you. Design is one of my many passions and I have an old house needing some upgrading almost everywhere, which means I can experiment all over the house and get more knowledge on how to makeover a living space. Over the years I’ve learnt, made mistakes, corrected them, improved and so on. And today, I’ve accumulated hacks and knowledge on what to do and what not to do when planning a room makeover. I know these things can be useful, I wish I’d known them earlier, so I decided to gather all my hacks and everything I think of when planning a makeover and share them with you, hoping it’ll help some of you out there.
Let’s get started !
-The Procedure I Follow
- Take measurements and make a rough plan
- Answer to the questions: “What do I want for this room ?” “What can I do for this room ?”
- Look for inspo on Pinterest, create moodboards using both Pinterest and Canva
- Make a To-do list/plan, write down the priorities and so on
- Do some research about available materials, options and prices
- Identify what I can do by myself
- Save money to buy the biggest elements (for example, wooden floor, windows and so on)
-My Planning Tools
- A notepad
- A measuring tape
-The Elements to Keep in Mind
The elements that influence the mood and feeliong of a room, some will make it colder, others will make it warmer. Some will make it feel lile a cocoon, others will make it feel like work place.
- Cohesive or Eclectic ?
-What the Room Absolutely Needs
- What kind of room is it ? What are the needed features of this room ?You won’t design a kitchen the same as a living room, so it is important to have the features and needs in mind.
- How often is gonna be the room used ? Is it a room that is used everyday and so means practical ? Or is it a room only for special occasions where Aesthetic can have the upper hand over practicality ?
-The Structural Elements that Must Change
Sometimes, you have to start with structural changes, which usually cost more money and sometimes more energy/time, so it is necessary both financially and strategically speaking to take time to think about these potential changes before getting anything started.
- Windows ?
- Floors ?
- More insulation ?
- Bringing in electric outlets or any other electric jobs ?
-The Simplest and Most Drastic Ways to Change a Room (most expensive to cheapest)
- Change the windows
- Change the flooring (from tiles to wood)
- Change the color on the walls (using paint, wallpaper and so on)
- Moving furniture around, in the same room, from one room to another
- Add or change the curtains
-How to Make a Room Warmer and Cosier Without bringing Heating In
- Shift the floor to wood with a fine insulation underneath
- Choose warm colors (sand, terracotta and so on)
- Install double-glazing windows
- Hang thick curtains withlace curtains
- Have a lot of fabric going on in the room (sofa, pillows, blankets, rugs and so on)
- Give preference to wood, cane, wicker and so on over marble, granite, rock and so on
- Have shelves full of decorations, as an empty space seems cold ulike the full space that brings and keeps warmth
-How to Make a Room Bigger without Moving Walls
- Use bright colors to make the room brighter
- Add more lamps to make the room brighter
- Avoid too big and dark furniture
- Hang curtains as high as possible to give the illusion of a higher ceiling and so of a bigger room
- Hang up big mirrors to reflect the light and widen the room, ideally place the mirrors facing the windows
- Place side to side vertical and horizontal elements, which allows to expend the sightline in both directions
-The Little Details That Make a Difference and Give Life to a Room
- Paintings and frames
- knick-knacks in every sizes on shelves
- Dried-flowers bouquets along with indoor plants
- Some reflection between decorating pieces all around the room to make it come together in a whole( for example in my dressing room I kept asian touches everywhere, in the gallery wall, on the shelves etc, bamboo leaves in the gallery wall, on the wall, on the ceiling light …)
That’ll be all for today’s post, I hope you find it useful and like it.
Thank you once again for passing by and reading my blog, it means a lot to me.
I’ll talk to you soon in a next post,
Until then, take care of yourself ❤