Welcome to week two of How to Create a Decorating Plan.  This week, we’ll cover Step 2 – Your Decorating Vision.  To create a beautiful home, you need to get really clear on your decorating vision.  Without a clear vision, you will loose focus with your decorating and may make costly mistakes by choosing the wrong finishes for your room.

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Lesson 1: Your Decorating Style

The first thing you need to do is really understand what your own unique decorating style is.  Don’t feel you have to conform to a look or style.  You are unique and so is your style.

How do you want the room to look and feel?

  • Elegant/formal
  • Sophisticated
  • Warm & Cosy
  • Spacious
  • Casual/Relaxed
  • Lively/Bright
  • Cool
  • Romantic
  • Welcoming
  • Lived in

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Here’s how I recommend you find what your decorating style is:

  • Find inspiration images that you really love
  • Analyse your images to find common elements
  • Determine your unique style
  • Create a vision for the room

The best way to complete these steps is to do my free course on Using Pinterest to Find Your Decorating Style.  In this course, I walk you through how to analyse the images you save to Pinterest to work out your unique decorating style.  The course has 5 lessons.  If you are already an avid Pinterest fan, you only need to complete lessons 4 and 5.

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Here are some examples of how the Pinterest For Home Decorating students describe their decorating style:

My style seems to be a mix of classic and some modern elements. So, I call it Transitional. – Maree

I think it is Australian  modern classic …soft….as opposed to modern severe.  – Kaye

I must say my favourite house style at the moment is Hamptons. I have been busy doing up a lot of my old furniture by painting it white and adding a lot of blue and white accessories as well as introducing a Moroccan and beach feel. – Michelle

My taste has been leaning towards Hamptons relaxed and of course my favourite, white in a house with touches of my blue and white china. – Denise

Lesson 2: Creating Your Decorating Vision

Now that you’ve worked out your decorating style, it’s time to get really clear on your decorating vision for the room.  Start by really defining your decorating style for that room.  When you deal with interior designers, retail salespeople or even tradesmen, if you can clearly show them what you are after, you are more likely to achieve the desired look.

How to visualise and communicate your decorating style

  • Use words to describe your style – Classic, Hamptons, Relaxed, Casual, Tropical etc….
  • Create a Physical moodboard (display photos or samples on a board or in a tray)
  • Create an Online moodboard (Pinterest, PicMonkey, Olioboard, or even a Word/Pages document)

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A moodboard is simply a collection of images that visually communicate:

  • the look, feel and mood you want to create in the room (inspiration images)
  • furniture, furnishings and decor that you want to use in the room
  • colours and patterns you like

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This is a quick ideas board to help a client visualise a velvet sofa and pink/grey colour scheme in her master bedroom

What’s your decorating goal for the room?

  • How do you want the room to look and feel?
  • What elements do you want to include in the room?
  • Are there particular colours and patterns you want in the room?

At this point you are not trying to select all the individual decorator pieces to use in the room, you are just trying to come up with an overall vision for the room.  You will use this vision to create a more detailed decorating plan and shopping list.

“Be faithful to your own taste, because nothing you really like is ever out of style.” Billy Baldwin

Lesson 3: Creating Focal Points

A focal point is where your eye is drawn to when you enter a room.  It’s what commands your attention.

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Walk into the various rooms in your home and pay attention to where your focus is first drawn. This is your current focal point. If you can’t decide where it is, it means you most likely don’t have one at all or else you have too many of them.

Decide what will be the focal point of the room – is there a special feature you would like to emphasise?  A fireplace, window, entertainment unit?

What is the Secondary focal point?  Where is your eye drawn to next?  It is common to have a main focal point of the room, and then a minor one.  If you have multiple focus points in your room there should be a clear hierarchy.  The main focal point should get your attention first.

Common focal points:

  • Fireplace (where do you look when it’s not on?)
  • View to outside (where do you look when the blinds/curtains are closed?)
  • Window or doorway
  • TV
  • Seating Area – Sofa/Coffee table
  • Artwork 
  • Wallpaper
  • Feature light
  • Rug
  • DIning Room – Dining Table/Pendant Light
  • Bedroom – Bed head/Bedside table area
  • Home Office – Desk and wall area above desk
  • Bathroom – bath or vanity/mirror
  • Kitchen – cooker, sink, island bench

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Any key pieces (hero items) you want to include in your room?  If you’ve got your heart set on a four-poster bed, it’s going to be the focal point of your room.  In the picture above, the bath and mirror are definitely the focal point of the room.

It is important to decide on the focal point of the room, so when you create your decorating plan, you will use elements such as colour, pattern and texture to emphasise the focal point and make it the hero of the room.

Decorating Plan – Step 2

Based on the lessons above, you can add to your decorating plan for the room.  At this stage, you decorating plan will now include:

  • Definition of your Unique Decorating Style
  • Moodboard to show your vision for the room
  • Identify the Focal Point of the room

Next week, we’ll cover Step 3 – Layer 1 – The Bones of the Room.  Have a think about what decorating work can be done to the fixed elements in your room.  Make sure you subscribe to our weekly newsletter so you get access to the free resources and don’t miss a post.

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How to Create a Decorating Plan