Designing and decorating a room can be more daunting than it appears at first glance. After all, there are a lot of different variables to consider. The color of the walls, the type of furniture you’re going to use, whether or not to put up art, selecting the art; the list goes on. To help streamline the process, we spoke to Harold Jimmy Simms, an interior design expert, who provided us with a base list of things to consider that won’t impede your design journey. We explore these suggestions in more detail below.
Determine What You Want to Use the Room For
Most rooms have a cut and dry purpose – a kitchen is for cooking; a bedroom for sleeping and a bathroom for anything hygiene related. It’s easy to extrapolate how their designs should go. Other rooms aren’t so straightforward. A guest bedroom, for example, might also double as an office, and therefore its purpose would be multifaceted. Think hard about what you would like to use the room for; it will make the rest of the design strategy a lot easier.
Before You Do Anything Draw up a Budget
Like a lot of other things in life, designing a room can be expensive, and it’s for that reason that Harold Jimmy Simms recommends drawing up a budget before you even start. This will allow you to plot your costs and make sure you don’t overextend yourself financially and will give you more of a solid understanding of how much you can afford to spend on the room.
Think Carefully About the Room Layout
“Where you place your furniture will have a massive impact on the feeling of the room.” Harold Jimm Simms says. “To ensure that you have a good idea of how you want the room to be laid out.” This is especially important for big pieces of furniture; you don’t want to be constantly maneuvering heavy items; it’s exhausting and could even scratch your walls and floors.
Decide on a Color Scheme
According to Harold Jimmy Simms, deciding early on about a color scheme will save you a lot of time and really make buying furniture and other accents a breeze. It will also just make the room feel a whole lot more cohesive and unified.