Top Tips on How to Plan a Complete Room Transformation
Embarking on a room transformation can be a really exciting but also daunting time. It can be a large investment of both your time and money, so here are my top tips on how to get started.
1. Function over Form
No matter how beautiful a room may look, if it doesn’t work on a practical level then the allure of the aesthetics will soon wear thin. Therefore, the first step in the design process is to think about how the space will work for you and your family.
2. Spatial Planning
The next stage is to nail the spatial planning. Keep in mind scale and proportion, ensuring that not only do the size of furniture and accessories fit into the size of the room but also that the pieces fit well together. Think about how the space is to be used, who will be using the space and also the traffic flow into and around the space.
3.Existing Special Pieces
When redesigning a room, it is key for it to still reflect you. Therefore, incorporate existing special pieces such as a family heirloom, some artwork or collections from your travels and use these to help guide the rest of the room.
4. Colour Scheme
When choosing a colour scheme, there can be a lot to consider. It may be that you have some existing artwork or an item of furniture such as a sofa or chair that you would like to incorporate into the design. Therefore, the colours within these may form the basis of the overall colour scheme. Alternatively, you may be starting with a completely blank canvas. Either way, it is often best to consider the colour scheme for your home as a whole, rather than on a room by room basis. Choosing one key colour which replicates throughout your home in various forms (accessories, soft furnishings, wall colours), is the key to a cohesively designed home. From this key colour, you can then form a colour scheme with either complimentary or contrasting colours.
Lighting within a room should never be underestimated. Chandeliers and pendants can be real statement pieces. Whilst strategically placed floor and table lamps can really set the mood within a room. Use wall lights to highlight key pieces such as artwork or bookcases.
6. The Smaller Details
Finally, it is the smaller details that can really make all the difference to the overall look and feel of a room. If you are a pattern lover, don’t be afraid to mix and match your patterns. As long as there is a key colour running through all of them, they will work together. Use a mix of small and larger scale prints. If patterns are not for you, then add depth by using different textures within your soft furnishings. Ce the style and character of your room by carefully selecting the hardware on the cabinetry and doors, to match the look that you are wanting to achieve.