TECHNIQUE >> Before You Start
Designing a new space, or enhancing an existing space with fresh decor can be intimidating. The feeling of overwhelm can totally paralyze the design process. One way to overcome this feeling is by taking the time to plan and asking yourself the right questions.Here are a few things to consider:1/ Take time know what inspires you. This may mean taking a walk in nature, finding an inspiring mood board on Pinterest or getting lost in Houzz ideabooks or a home magazine. Be sure to take note of the things that speak to you. This is a personal process, but understanding what you like and don't will make the decisions easier down the road. It also makes it easier for professionals and sales staff to make suitable recommendations for you because they are not guessing.‘When I am in this space I want to feel…’2/ Let your life influence your design process. Think about the attitude you have toward to space. How does it need to function for you? The more specific you can be about those needs the better your final design will be. For example, don't say: I want to entertain. Say: I want to have dinner parties for 6 to 8 people, or I want to host Grey Cup parties.‘I am going to make the following changes to better reflect my style and my needs...’3/ Map it out. It is easy to move furniture and cabinetry on paper. It is messy, time consuming and often expensive to do it in real life. This is why I strongly recommend drawing things. It gives you a sense of how everything works together, and to analyze whether the space will meet the goals you have set for your lifestyle.‘Activities that must happen in this room...’Have you experienced design paralysis? What has helped you overcome this feeling?