Before you dive headfirst into the crazy quilt world of decorating a room or home, you need to make a plan. Those first few steps should not take up much of your time, but can in the long run save you significantly more time. Just a few steps are required to get your decorating plan in motion.
Choose a definite style beforehand and let everything grow organically from that. You may think that you can do without defining the style of décor and that’s cool. Very cool. Unless you plan on talking to absolutely anyone about things like color, paint, fabric, etc. You may not have a definite style, but the business of decorating is dependent on compartmentalizing and if you can’t give them a few buzzwords, then be prepared to do everything on your own. In that world, eclectic doesn’t really mean a lack of a style, it is a style in itself. Style means researching things like color, fabric, building materials and the like in order to avoid polluting the sincerity.
Otherwise known as inspiration. Before you begin decorating, but after you have decided on a style, watch movies, visit other homes, browse through books, peruse catalogs and generally look everywhere you can for ideas you can steal. Or decorating schemes you can copy.
Other Research Sources
You are likely to get the most engaging decorating ideas to match your plan from visiting homes, looking through books and watching movies. Don’t limit yourself. The resources available will depend on the style you choose…so aren’t you glad you went ahead and chose a style first thing? Visit any home decorating trade shows that are being held in your area. Go to an art gallery with the specific intention of finding paintings that reflect homes done in your style. A museum of some sort may hold the key to making your dream decorating plan come alive. If your style is based on an historical era, visit historical sites of that era and take notes of things like color schemes, furniture design and accessories.
When it comes down to it, you have two choices for covering your walls: paint or paper. Those two decorating elements widen up to almost unimaginably broad choices when you get to specifics, but make a general choice first. Paint is typically less expensive than paper, but requires more artistic talent on your part to achieve the kind of grand effect that paper can accomplish. Wallpaper is not only more expensive, but for most people a bigger pain in the neck than painting. Unless paint fumes make you sick.
You can quite easily integrate even a much more lavish decorating style into an existing room without even the slightest bit of renovation. In other cases, the decorating plan existing in your head can only be mirrored in reality by committing to renovation. Renovating for the sake of decorating can mean anything from tearing open a wall to putting up molding to widening the doorway. Leave room in your budget at the very beginning to at least consider the potential for some kind of renovation in order to make your decorating plans fulfill your wildest dreams.