The one question I get asked all the time is “where do I even start with my decorating project”? It can be an overwhelming task to decide on everything from the look you want to achieve to the colour palette and even what budget you’re able to work with. To simplify the process, I’ve made a handy list of everything you need to get your decorating project started and have you one step closer to designing your dream home.

1 | ASSESS YOUR SPACE

Have a think about who is using your space and for what purpose. In my book HOME: The Elements of Decorating, this is the first step in the decorating process and it’s called “Assessing The Needs & Wants”. You’ll need to make a list of the people using the space and what needs and wants they each have. For example, do you and your husband use the living room for TV watching in the evenings but during the day it’s a playground for the kids? Therefore, the room has different uses and functions so needs to be flexible with the furniture and floor plan.

2 | THINK ABOUT THE SIZES AND SHAPES

Get an understanding of the sizes and shapes you need to add to your space. For example, if you have a lot of linear lines in the room, such as windows, doors and entertainment units, you may want to introduce some rounded edges to soften the straight lines.

3 | ADD COLOUR AND PATTERN

Introduce colours and patterns to your room through soft furnishings and smaller decorative objects. The key to achieving the right balance is to stick to a 3-5 colour rule. This could be varying tones of the same colour or 3-5 colours which work well together.

4 | WORK OUT YOUR PROPORTIONS

Think about how big or small you can go with your furniture purchases. A quick hint – you’ll never regret a large rug as they are excellent for zoning a room.

5 | DON’T FORGET LIGHTING

Have a look at the room and think about if you could add lamps, wall sconces, pendants or even candlelight. Also, don’t forget warm white globes over cool white globes, as this will help you create more atmospheric lighting.

6 | HIRE AN INTERIOR DECORATOR

Your time is valuable, therefore, if you decide that you’re putting too much energy into decorating your space and you’re still not achieving your desired look, then it may be time to hire an interior decorator. I offer a range of clients all over Australia one-on-one specialised advice specific to their home. The benefits of hiring an interior decorator are that they will be able to stick within your budget (no matter how big or small), connect you with their black book of furniture suppliers and apply their expert know-how to create a beautiful space you’re proud of. If this sounds like the helping hand you need then take a look at my rates and design process here.


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