Jumpstart Your Design: How to Begin When You’re Unsure Where to Start

Decorating your space can be an exciting endeavor, but it often comes with its fair share of challenges, especially when you’re unsure of where to start. Whether you’re moving into a new home or simply looking to refresh your current space, finding inspiration and initiating the decorating process can sometimes feel overwhelming. Besides reading interior design blogs (cough, cough) or reaching out to your friendly neighborhood designer here are a few simple strategies to help you get started. 

Unfinished Raw and Newly Remodeled Room of House Before and After with Wood Floors, Moulding, Light Green Paint and Ceiling Lights.

Look for Inspiration:

In the real world, restaurants and hotels are great places to find inspiration, and local home tours are a fantastic way to find expert design and support charity.  Online, explore different sources such as interior design magazines, websites like Pinterest and social media platforms like Instagram. Create a mood board or Pinterest board where you can collect images, colors, patterns, and styles that resonate with you. Don’t be afraid to mix and match different elements to create a unique look that reflects your personality and preferences.

Hive Interior Studio Pinterest Board

Identify Your Style:

Understanding your personal style is crucial when it comes to decorating your space. Are you drawn to minimalist and modern designs, or do you prefer a more eclectic and bohemian aesthetic? Take some time to reflect on your preferences, lifestyle, and the vibe you want to create in your home. Remember, your space should reflect who you are and what makes you feel comfortable and at ease.

Assess Your Space:

Before diving into the decorating process, it’s essential to assess your space and take note of its features, layout, and potential challenges. Consider factors such as the size of the room, the amount of natural light it receives, and any architectural elements that you want to highlight or conceal. This will help you make informed decisions when selecting furniture, colors, and decor items that complement your space.

Start Small:

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, start small by focusing on one room or area at a time. Choose a space that you use frequently or one that could benefit from a refresh. By tackling one area at a time, you can break the decorating process into manageable tasks and avoid feeling overwhelmed. Once you’ve completed one area, you can gradually move on to the next, building momentum as you go.

Spacious bedroom interior in beige and olive colour

Experiment with Color and Texture:

Color and texture are powerful tools when it comes to decorating, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different combinations. Start by selecting a base color palette that sets the tone for your space, then layer in accent colors and textures to add depth and visual interest. Consider incorporating elements such as throw pillows, rugs, curtains, and artwork to infuse your space with personality and warmth.

Mix and Match:

One of the keys to successful decorating is finding the right balance between different elements. Mix and match different styles, patterns, and materials to create a curated look that feels cohesive yet eclectic. Incorporate vintage finds, handmade pieces, and items with sentimental value to add character and charm to your space. Remember, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to decorating, so trust your instincts and have fun with the process.

Don’t Rush:

Finally, remember that decorating is a journey, not a destination. Take your time to curate a space that truly reflects your personality and style. Don’t feel pressured to have everything perfect right away – allow your space to evolve over time as you discover new pieces and ideas that inspire you. Enjoy the process of transforming your space into a place that you love coming home to.

Orange sofa in cozy living room interior with pastel green wall and wood furniture. Wall mockup

Starting the decorating process can feel daunting, but with a bit of inspiration, creativity, and patience, you can create a space that reflects your personality and style. By following these simple steps and trusting your instincts, you can kickstart your decorating journey with confidence and turn your house into a home that you love. So don’t hesitate – dive in and let your creativity soar!


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