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Basics to Consider When Re-Decorating Your Interior

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The following tips will help guide you in the decision making process when choosing furnishings for your home.

Create a list: determine what furniture and accessories you want/need to purchase for specific rooms.

Prioritize: Consider how you will use the space you plant to furnish this will allow you to work within a budget. Your plan may be a long term work in progress and you may buy a few pieces at a time so consider what pieces are essential and what can wait. Access the worksheets found in the following link to assist you in your planning: Budget Planner

Sketch it Out: Begin with a clean slate, draw out your room and include exact measurements. Be sure to note windows, doors, outlets (TV, electrical, etc…) and any other features you would like to highlight. If you have furnishings that are built in (window seat, book cases, etc…) be sure to note the measurements of these as well. We’ve included a handy online room planner

Arrange it then Re-Arrange it: Take into consideration views you may want to take advantage of, - creating that cozy corner beside the fireplace, or the view of the lake through the picture window. If you have a large room you may want to create more than one conversation area. Alternately you may want to consider how to best place the furniture so the focal point is on the architecture of the room rather than on the TV. Again, consider how you will use the space and this will help you determine your furniture placement.

Colour Confidential: Walk around your home and take a look at the palette you already have. Whether you are contemplating a neutral tone, a bold bright hue to add some spice or a soft pastel palette, be sure to work with the colours already in your home to ensure a sense of harmony. You can bring in a mix of up to 3 hues to add interest. Your inspiration can come from anywhere… the sunrise over the lake, a cushion or rug or your favourite food! Be creative but ensure it is something you be able to live with. 

What to Buy First: Your larger pieces should be the first purchase. When you are ready to buy bring your floor plan, wish list, swatches and samples to assist you in choosing the right pieces for your space.

Add Interest: When finishing a room, accessorize with a variety of items. You can create groupings, traditionally uneven or asymmetrical, of items which vary in height, texture, colour and size. These odd groupings are more pleasing to the eye. This adds dimension to an otherwise plain area – the fireplace mantle/ hearth, a bookshelf, empty corner beside the window. These touches complete your space and make it feel like home.

 Space it Right: When placing furniture in the room, think about moving through the conversation area. There should be enough room to allow for traffic to move easily within the space but not so much that an awkward and unnatural distance is created within the conversation area. The following guide will assist you in creating a functional comfortable room: Furniture Placement Guide