I’ve been in the middle of a never-ending laundry room makeover. And I’m staring down the face of a new nursery and office makeovers as well, so I have a little bit of room makeover on the brain.
Once upon a time I would start by picking out a paint color for the room and then struggle from there. But I’ve learned a few things along the way and have realized there’s a better way to operate when approaching a room makeover. Whether you want to just change up the look of a room, or you have to make it function better for your family, the process is very simple, but straightforward.
1. Brainstorm your needs
This step is about the function of a room. If your room doesn’t function properly for your needs, then in my humble opinion, it doesn’t matter how pretty it is. Do you need to sleep in the room, or do you need a lot of storage, or both? Jot it all down. You may not be able to incorporate every function, but you can try to cross as many off the list as possible.
2. Talk about your feelings
How do you want to feel in the room? I recently met with a client for a small room spruce-up. Previously the room has felt cold and unwelcoming, but she wants it to be cozy, homey and casual. You may want a room that feel light, bright and airy. Or a room that feels dark, cozy and moody. Just make a decision; maybe choose 3 words and stick with them! Write them down and keep them in front of you for the next step.
3. Get inspired
In my high school and college days I poured over magazines and ripped out images I loved. I kept a binder with all of my rooms in a different section. You can go this route.
Or, you can go to your Pinterest account, or create one, and start a new board for the room you have in mind. I have a board for every room in my house and am always stashing away ideas for different rooms – hoping to execute these at some point in the future. 🙂
4. Choose your fabric first
Once you know the feeling and have been inspired, nail down your fabric choice. Like I said before, I tend to want to pick the paint color first. But I’m exponentially happier when I’ve selected the fabric first. It may be a super-neutral fabric and doesn’t matter much about the wall color. OR, you may love a floral or bright pattern and need to have the paint color compliment it. It’s so much harder, though, to find a fabric that coordinates with an existing paint color. In that case, you are almost always forced into a neutral fabric choice.
5. Finally (!!) choose your paint and accent colors
This is my favorite part. I just love a good paint color! Once the fabric is nailed down, then you can easily find a coordinating paint color and can choose the accent colors you love. I like to choose an accent color that is used minimally in the patterned fabric. Kind of fun to play it up!
6. Catch the vision
Now that the fabric and paint are selected, you can choose furniture and accessories. Narrow down your choices and create a mood board. Oolioboard is a great, free program that is easy to use. I used it to create my guest bedroom/office inspiration and find it very easy to use. I love being able to envision the end product!
And now it’s finally time to get started on that room makeover. I know after all of this work you’re probably ready for it to be done. But trust me, these steps can make the difference in a final makeover that you love, or a final room that is just so-so.
Do you have any other steps you would add? I’d love to hear it!