Have you ever tried to drive to an unknown location without directions a GPS, or Siri? Even if you didn’t get lost, the results could have been much smoother with a plan. The same goes for decorating your home. The “throw everything against the room to see if it sticks” approach does not work. Instead, take a proactive approach to get things done right the first time around.A Failure to Plan is a Plan for Failure Click To Tweet
Use these tips to create your decorating plan:
Create a Design File
This file should include your floor plan, paint selections, fabrics, photo inspirations, and a tape measure. Be prepared with the knowledge of the items in your home and the look you want to create. Don’t be afraid to ask for swatches and take them home to view them in your space.
Establish a Budget For Your Decorating Plan
When many people think about their budget, they do not look at all of the extras that pop up. Take into consideration things like shipping, tax, delivery, installations, electrical work, flooring, etc. Things extra items can add up to an additional 20% of your budget.
Be Realistic With Your Time Frame
Every November, I receive a phone call from a potential client that wants to have their home decorated for Thanksgiving. Although Thanksgiving is always the fourth Thursday in November, it seems to creep up on all of us towards the second week of November. Prepare for the unexpected. Don’t wait till the week before a special occasion to decorate for it. That perfect item may be on back order.
Consider Your Entire Family
Do you have children, pets, or elderly family members in your home? Do any members of your family have special needs or allergies. You must answer this question to determine the items you want for your home. Maybe you need to purchase hypoallergenic fabrics or have a need for grab bars.
Entertainment / Activities Needs
Are you planning to entertain in your home? You may need to designate an area for entertainment or other activities. Determine if you will need to repurpose a room. Determine what items are needed to accomplish this task.
I hope you found these tips for creating a decorating plan useful. Please feel free to leave any comments, questions, or suggestions. I would love to hear your thoughts on how you use a plan to decorate your home.
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