If you have a room that ‘just doesn’t feel right’, you need to identify why you don’t enjoy spending time in that space.
It may be the colour scheme, lack of natural light, unsuitable or disliked furniture, or the complete lack of a focal point. So often a room can be transformed without spending a fortune, but getting started is the hardest stage of the process. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What do you like or dislike about the room
- Does it suit the intended function
- Does it have the right mood or atmosphere
- Do the colours and finishes reflect your style, lifestyle and personality
- Is the furniture and furniture layout suitable
- Is the room chaotic & disorganised
- Is the room stark and uninviting
- Is there sufficient storage for your needs
- Is the lighting adequate
Begin by looking for images of rooms, furniture and accessories such as cushions, throws, rugs, decorative items and artworks that appeal to you. Add fabric swatches and paint colour samples and you’ll build up a ‘picture’ of how you’d like your room to look.
Once you’ve clarified your ideas you can develop a cohesive, co-ordinated scheme and bring new life to a neglected room by creating an inviting space that you’ll want to use. Decide how much you can afford to spend on the project, then paint if required and source products to suit your budget.
Prioritise the most important items then experiment with different layouts for the furniture to get the best result. With the essential items in place, you can enjoy adding finishing touches with accent colour and a variety of different textures.