Does the interior design process have you a little confused or stuck? It can seem pretty overwhelming and knowing how to start your journey when designing your home in my opinion is key to success. I’m excited to present to you in this post a breakdown of the process, advice and a pretty interior design planner that I created to help you start turning your vision into reality! Sounds great, huh? Let’s dive in.
It can be very overwhelming but by simply identifying your main needs for ex: more storage, update lighting, re-work floor plan, add plumbing and accessories and jotting them down as a list can be extremely helpful. On top of that, create an additional wish list of what kind of experience you’re looking to have in that space. For example: “I want my bathroom to feel like a luxury spa in Hawaii” It helps to be specific as possible.
Using categories found in our lifestyle can be a really fun way to get inspired. Maybe it’s travel and there’s a specific location that makes you feel uplifted. Nostalgia, architecture, fashion, art, entertainment can all be a source of influence. There’s really no wrong answer to finding inspiration. It’s all about what in your life brings you joy and curiosity.
There are really 4 main categories of the most common design styles to choose from. You may find yourself liking one or all of the styles but picking one really helps narrow things down. Traditional, Transitional, Modern and Eclectic are your main categories and have more specific styles filed under them. I like to call them your authentic style because they usually are more specific to your personality For ex: Boho would probably be filed under Eclectic and farmhouse under Traditional or Transitional. Feeling a little lost? Look at your home’s architecture first and identify the style and then see if your authentic style fits under that architecture.
Pinterest is my favorite way to gather visual inspiration. Reflect back to #2 and find colors, objects, people that you can add into your Pinterest board. Once you’ve established a mood try and edit out the images that don’t aesthetically connect. Create a mood board with your favorite pins in Photoshop or PowerPoint.
I know thinking about your budget isn’t fun but we all have financial limits and even if we don’t, you probably want to have some sort of limit given to that specific space in your home. Don’t know where to start? Look at your pins and identify your taste, you can also reflect on your lifestyle and how you typically spend. This is where an interior design consultation can really help you when it comes to talking about a realistic budget and planning. Keep in mind also, if you’re spending $50,000 on a master bath remodel, chances are the labor will cost almost just as much. By understanding your budget you can identify where you should realistically be shopping.
We’ve established a wish list in #1 and created a mood board in #4 and talked about budget and now is time to assess your space and establish a new floor plan based on all this information. If you can, I highly recommend you measure your space and draw it up on a piece of paper or architecture software such as AutoCAD. When it comes to re-designing the floor plan keep in mind general spacing one will need to move around your space. If this part goes beyond your ability, an interior designer can do this for you.
Because we measured out the existing floor plan and established a rough draft of what we’re looking for we now know what’s on the shopping list. Use pinterest to pin your finds first that way you have a link to go back to them. Pinning your finds to a board is also helpful so you can see your items with your other selections. It’s nice to see how items work together or don’t.
I suggestordering samples if you can and have the tiles, fabrics and finishes you wish to use layed out on a table so you can see how they work together. This will help you narrow down your final selections and give you that extra confidence when purchasing. Use trays or cork boards for each space and arrange accordingly.
You’ll probably be purchasing from many different stores so it helps to be organized and have a contact you trust when purchasing. Many interior designers offer this service and may offer you a shared discount. Some will also do a markup depending on the items. You can also find a designer (like me) who will allow you to do the purchasing when you’re ready but does all the hard work for you.
Yay! you’ve successfully managed your design project and all your material and furnishings have arrived. Again, staying organized and communication with your contractor is very important. Have fun with styling and decorating and adding those finishing touches. You can hire an interior designer to do this but you can also save money by managing the project yourself. A designer may offer styling and decor advice that may be very helpful.
Now that I’ve broken down the process, wouldn’t it be nice to have those 10 steps in a planner? I would! I’m so excited to offer you a FREE Interior design planner that will help you with the beginning stages of your journey. What you’ll find in the planner pages categorized by: Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom, Family Room, Dining Room and an additional room of your choice. Each category has its own shopping checklist, creative sketching space, something to think about, budgeting, levels of importance and space for writing notes, details and dates. I also have some fancy quotes to keep you inspired! And did I mention how pretty it is?
If you’d like to jump on this FREE interior design planner designed by me, grab it here!
So what do you do after you’re done with the planner? Consider my three interior design packages to help you with the remainder of your journey. Check them out here.
I hope breaking down the process, offering you some advice and an interior design planner will all benefit and save you from the stressful beginning process of interior design.
Be sure to connect with me on Instagram and let me know how the planner is benefiting you. I may even offer you a special interior design discount or further advice 🙂
Your interior designer,
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