Starting Points – That One Design Must That We Keep Ignoring

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So, looking at everything you want from a room, as you might be when moving home, it can be hard to find a direction for a specific room. In some, you already have the image clear in your mind. Bare brickwork, granite countertops, etc. etc.. But what about the rooms you haven’t fully mapped out in your head? Finding that starting point and building from it can be one of the most daunting tasks. But for each room, the task might actually be easier than you think once you actually get stuck in.

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Any inspiration will do

Let’s start off by clearing a very common misconception that’s made when moving home or designing a room. Starting off with the colour of wall that you want to go with is rarely a good idea. It immediately limits your choices without picking out any of the main parts of the room. Furniture, details, trim, they all immediately get cut down. What you should do instead is start putting together an inspiration board with sites like Pinterest. Find what you absolutely want in there first.

Go focal

Hopefully, amongst that inspiration board should be some of the main focal points of the different rooms. These are the best thing to make your starting point. For your bedroom, it might very well be that looking at designer beds gives you a ready-made style to jump off from. Similarly, in a living room, the bigger pieces of furniture such as a particular couch or table might give you the primary colour to build a whole scheme from.

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Finding balance

So, where do you go when you have those one or two centrepieces and perhaps the beginnings of a colour scheme? It’s best to find the balance that best fits the room based on its size and the distribution of light. Even rooms work better with symmetrical balance, so no one side of the room is any noisier than the other. On the other hand, if you have much more space or more light on one side of the room, asymmetry should favour that side, keeping the activity of the room to where there’s more function to provide for it.

Keep a rhythm

Visually, you want to personalise a room a with a little more detail, too. However, adding things in willy-nilly can really create a cluttered room that’s hard to bear. Instead, think about where they fit in terms of the rhythm. For instance, consider that you’re going for a contemporary look of sleek wood on silver and black surroundings. Instead of cluttering around the wooden mantelpiece with side-tables of the same style, you should give them some space and scatter them horizontally from it so they punctuate the room, rather than clustering all together and creating two very distinct spaces instead of a real style for the room.

It’s best to spend a lot time preparing for a room redecoration so you give yourself plenty of time to build that inspiration and have plenty of jumping points to spring from. From there, it’s all about following the rules of design as outlined above.


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