Decorating your Domain: On building a classic foundation and how to make the biggest impact for little cost
I believe that getting crystal clear about your vision for your home is the first place to start when beginning a journey to decorate (or redecorate) your space. Don't just run to the store, friends - That usually ends up wasting your resources and your time - and it so often can make your space feel disjointed and inconsistent! Today we're going to talk about creating a foundation in your room and we're also going to talk about the #1 thing you can do to change the feel of a room overnight - for very little money!
But, before we dive in...did you see this post? The activity given in this post is ESSENTIAL to helping you design a cohesive space, it's essential to helping you focus on how you want your space to feel and look. Read this first!
As I've said a million times before, I am SO far from being a designer. I don't know the right lingo and I certainly don't know how to do the amazing things that designers do. However, I know how to make a space beautiful, and from my own experience of playing around with rooms and spaces I've come to realize some design tips that I can share to help you maximize your space.
If you didn't catch my Instagram Stories yesterday about intentionally decorating your home, you probably missed the two tips I shared. I'll share those here too because I really don't want you to miss those either...
Tip #1. Don't do a complete overhaul. Don't overwhelm yourself, and don't blow your budget (don't have a budget but still want to redecorate? Read here). Start small. Start in the place that is the heart of YOUR home. Maybe that's the family room where you spend time snuggling on the couch. Maybe that's the kitchen where you cook for hours each week to lovingly prepare meals for your family. Maybe that's the master bedroom where you have sweet moments with your husband as you build a marriage of communication and trust. Where ever you deem as the most important space to you in this season, start there!
Tip #2. Use a life-line! Don't go this alone. If you don't have an eye for design (soooo many people tell me they don't think they do!), then pull in a friend. We all know someone who is creative and has a beautiful home. Ask them to help you! They may not feel comfortable being your designer...but they would most likely be eager to let you bounce ideas off of them (especially after you compliment them on their gorgeous home ;)! Invite them over and tell them your ideas. Show them the 3-5 words you desire to use as your filter to define your space (go here if you have no idea what I'm talking about!) and then let them give you their feedback or ideas. Show them the pieces you like that you found online or inspiration you found on Pinterest. Get their ideas and feedback. They may have fresh new insight to help you along on your journey. What a gift to have their input!
Once you've defined your space, chosen where to start, planned out your ideas, and gotten feedback from a trusted friend. Then you are FINALLY ready to shop and begin to make changes. BUT before we get to the actual shopping part (which we will talk about tomorrow), let's first talk about how to make the biggest impact on your space through building a neutral and classic foundation first.
Here is my #1 tip for you to help you build a time-tested room that transcends your style changes, moods, and even seasons:
When you're purchasing new large-ticket items....go NEUTRAL! I believe that as we intentionally design a space, one of the best things we can do is to create a neutral foundation. Yes, there is absolutely space for a fun and funky piece, but most people's homes should start with a neutral foundation - especially if you don't have unlimited room in the budget to do a complete overhaul when you tire of that funky piece you purchased for a large amount of money just a few years earlier. So, my best advice? Start with a neutral base - especially for those large ticket items like couches or a dining room table, etc. Adding fun and colorful throw pillows, dishes, art, blankets, area rugs, etc. will help you add your favorite pops of color or quirky style to your home. But for those large ticket items...stick with the neutral and simple colors and lines, this will be the key to having a space that transcends time as your personal style changes! Pillows, art, area rugs...they can be changed more easily. Large pieces of furniture build a foundation and are harder to replace. Think carefully about large item purchases, sticking with classic pieces.
Want to know the biggest way to change your room's look and feel over night? PAINT!
Paint makes a huge impact! - I live in a funky color house right now (we are proud renters!) and it has made me even more convinced that neutral walls are the way to go - for ME! BUT...you may loveeee colors, and that is amazing! The thing about paint? It isn't very expensive and it makes a HUGE impact! HUGE! You can instantly change the look and feel of a room through a $40 can of paint! Sure it takes time and work to paint...but goodness, there really is no better way to impact your space to reflect who you are!
As I said in the beginning of the month, it isn't necessary (or wise!) to do a complete overhaul of your home this month! Take your time. At the root of everything I'm sharing with you this month, my heart is eager to remind you that you can steward your time and resources more fully if you first step back and intentionally pause before moving forward in certain areas with more intention; and design is a perfect example of that. Pause, reflect, define, ask for opinions...and THEN move forward with SLOWLY redesigning your space.
Tomorrow we will talk about my favorite shopping spots, my favorite accessories to fill my home with, and how imperfection is part of what makes your home beautiful!
What space are you most excited to start with?? Comment or send me a message!
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