Before you leap into your next project, take a moment, grab a notepad and answer the questions below. A little pre-planning can go a long way to achieving the results you desire.
How do I want to use this space?
The best design is not just about creating a pretty space – it needs to be functional and in tune with the needs of your lifestyle. For example, when you think of a room in your home, ask yourself some questions – is this a busy area? Who uses it? Are there special needs or functions it must have? Sometimes it’s best to figure out how to use the space right after an especially hectic day at home, or even after a party. You’ll get a good sense of how people use the space. Working around these needs by making your home as practical and functional as possible will help you enjoy it much more on a daily basis; not just in those elusive, quiet moments when all the dust has settled and everything is primped and styled precisely.
How do I want to feel in this space?
Think about how you want to feel when you’re in your completed space – calm and restful or energized and recharged? Then think back on a space where you last felt this way. Was it a tranquil nature setting, or perhaps a favourite restaurant? Bringing some of these elements into your decorating scheme – colour, texture, artwork, lighting, or, if it’s a natural setting, perhaps even a picture of that favourite place – will help you create an atmosphere you’re sure to enjoy.
How much time/money can I spend on this project?
Figure out your budget and the amount of time you can allot to this project. Be realistic and add an extra buffer to account for any unexpected surprises or delays. Don’t be afraid to break up your project into stages. Being able to successfully finish off tasks will give you the momentum to conquer the project rather than biting off more than you can chew. Remember, as anxious as you might be to cross it off your list, this is not a race. Have fun with the process! This feeling will come through in the space and you’ll be able to make better decisions when you’re more relaxed.