Island Home: How To Plan & Start A Home Decorating Project


This is going to be exciting, but where to start? Ask yourself, are you after a simple refresh or an entirely new look for your home? Either way you are going to need a plan…and a budget. The easiest option and the cheapest is to give your home a new lick of paint. If your furniture is modern go for a neutral colour, if it is oldie worldly go for a colour of which there are infinite choices, and of course, you can mix your own colours.

You can choose a colour from something decorative like cushion covers or a favourite art piece and use hues of it on the walls, in patterns, on upholstery and in the accessories.

Decide on your budget and commit your ideas to paper. Planning is everything. This is an important stage so do not rush it. Making a plan, is a lot of fun and gives you the opportunity to change your mind or adjust your plan at a later stage. Include a mood board (Mood boards are a visual collage to illustrate the style you wish to pursue). A mood board will help you to identify the style elements first and bring them into your space.

Your mood board should include a colour palette, materials, and a concept that defines your style. Do online research (Pinterest is a great resource), and go through magazines to find ideas. Collect pictures together on a board to see if they work.

Get up to date with the latest trends. Expand your ideas by exploring a new way of setting up the room. You may end up liking a style you never thought of before.

If you are feeling overwhelmed at the beginning start with either the colour scheme or a piece of art or furniture you want to feature and select the decorating choices around one of these. This will help you to focus on what is most important to you and what you really want in your home. Remember too, it should be about comfort for you and your family unless you are producing a show house to be photographed for the latest interior design magazine.

Oriental Living and Loft have a vast collection of high-end fabrics such as Jim Thompson as well as Sunbrella outdoor fabrics in an array of vibrant colours. Explore more at Oriental Living. A new experience of home decorating is waiting for you there.

Adrian Rawle
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