Before You Begin a Decorating Project . . .
you begin any decorating project, you need to stop and clearly define what you
hope to achieve. When you are contemplating how to arrange and display your
accessories, for instance, your aim should be to highlight the qualities of the
objects themselves, but you don't want to overwhelm the other furnishings. You
also want everything in a room to complement the overall decoration of your
So ask yourself some
questions. 1) Do you have any objects that you want to show off in a singular,
dramatic way? 2) Do you have a group of related objects that you wish to
feature in a grouping? 3) Do you wish a group of objects to be seen as a
unit? 4) Are you dealing with how to display a host of collectibles?
5) What do you want the display to focus on? Will it be color, form or material
or two of these simultaneously? 6) How formal or informal do you want it
to be? 7) Do you want objects to be fixed in one place for a long
time? 8) Do some of your objects need to be flexibly moved from one
location to another?
As you can see, you are
faced with a myriad of choices which will determine many of your
decisions. So the more focused you are on your end goals and the more
clearly you have thought things through, the more successful the outcome is
likely to be.
WHERE TO FIND IDEAS
are many places you can visit to gather ideas and inspiration. True, you're not
likely to be able to acquire the exact object, in many cases, but that's really
not the point. The point is to look around at what is already there and
let the creative juices within you activate. Visit local art galleries and
museums. Look at store window displays with a renewed and focused
mindset. What excites you? What do you consider to be
innovative? These types of places, while very different from your personal
space, may trigger ideas you have never thought of before.
This is a starting place.
Look through books, eBooks and magazines. Cut pictures out of magazines that
appeal to you and save them in a scrapbook or a special decorating box. Take
trips outside your hometown or even your country, if possible, and study the
shapes, designs and interiors of places unknown to you. Fresh ideas will
nature influence you. A walk in the park, a walk along a beach, a drive up
a mountain, a visit to a local design center, a visit to the studios of local
artists and craftspeople, a visit to a community fair -- these are all
additional ways to look at the world around you and see what feelings and
instincts it draws out of you.
Study the shapes of
objects, their colors and texture. These are some of the ways you can add
special interest and surprise to any room in your space.
"Thanks to you my living room
has been transformed from a passage way leading from the front door to the
family room, into an inviting place where you'd like to sit down and visit a
while!!!!! Jim said when he first walked thru
the door...."Hey....I really like this!!!".....this is the same person that
doesn't notice anything about the house unless it involves "his" chair! . . .
I retained more of the book than I
thought....because it definitely came into play today. . . . We've decided that instead of
sitting in the dining area to share our day with each other, we are going to
sit in our 'new' living room. Much more comfortable!!!!!" - Sandy Finch
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