conquer the dreaded empty room…
Did you just remodel or move into a new home?
A brand new space seems to have a way of sparking inspiration. You dream of that perfectly designed room. You can spend hours scrolling through PINTEREST and HOUZZ, saving photos and getting excited about all the possibilities.
But, what happens once the room’s actually ready?
Do you suddenly find yourself overwhelmed by all the decisions you have to make?
Where should you start… is there really a “right” way to design an empty room? Should you start shopping for furniture, should you paint, should you pick out a rug?
There’s a LOT of detail that goes into a well-designed room…
All too often we find that an empty room can be the most stressful and overwhelming project for our clients. As designers, we get excited by a big blank canvas. We can’t wait to start shopping and filling it up. For clients and homeowners, it can be overwhelming not knowing how to effectively navigate the design process.
The good news is, it’s not as complicated as it may feel.
To make things easier for you, we’ve put together a complete guide that will help you build your space from the ground up. This guide will show you where to start and where to go next as you turn your dreams into reality, without feeling lost.
Start with an inspiration board!
This is SO important for giving you a vision for your space. You should collect a few images of items or styles you’d like to see in the room.
Choose one favorite item to use as your inspiration foundation. Although you’ll work off of this one inspiration piece to build most of your design, nothing is set in stone. You can change things up as your room comes together if you need to. Find out more on how to create an inspiration board.
Paint and refinish the floors.
Trust us, you want to take advantage of the empty space while you can. If you need to refinish floors or paint it’s always best to do it before bringing any furniture in. Start with your floors first and then paint. This way you won’t scuff up the baseboards or damage the freshly painted walls.
Your inspiration board will help you determine your paint color. Always get samples of 2-3 similar colors and paint swatches on your walls before committing to a specific color. Paint is tricky and can look very different from room to room. It doesn’t always look the same on your walls as it does on a paint chip!
Choose your focal point.
Doing this while the room is still empty helps you choose a focal point that makes the most sense without being distracted by furniture or accessories. You can choose an architectural feature like a fireplace, big windows overlooking the outdoors, or you could even choose a big blank wall where you want to feature artwork.
Choosing a focal point early on in your design process will help you determine how your furniture will be laid out and how much room you’ll have for each piece.
Once you’ve created your foundation with inspiration, paint and floors, and a focal point, now you can move on to the fun part… putting it all together!
But, there’s a method to this madness…
get the complete guide below
Our step by step guide will help you eliminate confusion and create a room your love!