Preparing for Your Virtual Decorating Project
Choose the SpaceThe first step is to choose what room in your home you want to decorate. Even if you plan to decorate your entire home, it’s best to focus on one room at a time so you can give it your full attention and avoid getting overwhelmed. If you aren’t sure where to start, ask yourself:
- Which room do I/we spend the most time in?
- Which room will have the biggest impact on my/our mood and lifestyle?
- Which room can I comfortably transform within my current budget?
Take PhotosTo give us a clear idea of how the space is laid out, what the lighting is like, and other important factors, we’ll need to see photographs of it. Take as many pictures as you can to give us every possible angle. These photos will also be useful to you so you can get a more objective view of it. When you live in a space, it’s hard to really see the details of it anymore because you’re so used to staring at it. Looking at photos, however, allows you to see it from a more objective perspective. They are also great to look back on when the room is finished to see how big the transformation was!
Get MeasurementsAnother important step in your preparation is to take measurements of the room. You’ll want to know the dimensions of the room, windows, doors, and any other architectural elements of the room, such as pillars, alcoves, and window seats. You’ll also need to know the ceiling height and depth of things like countertops. These will all come in handy during many stages of the decorating process, from putting together a floor plan to picking out furniture.
Think About Your Needs
When it comes to the room you’ll be decorating, think about the function of it. How will you be using the space? Will you be entertaining in it? Is it for the entire family or will it be more formal? Does it need to have storage space?These questions will be useful to every aspect of the decorating process. For example: if you are decorating your family room where your kids will hang out and you’ll entertain guests, then that will affect the layout of the room, the furniture you choose, the durability of the materials, and even the color scheme. If you know who will be using the room and for what purpose, we’ll be able to dive right into the planning process.