Starting an interior decorating project is an exciting time but it can quickly lose its appeal when purchases go over budget, the schedule is stretched or things fall apart, losing interest is just all too easy, and 99% of the time this is down to bad planning.Before you start though, you could get some quick and simple decoration ideas from the guide provided. Even a finished interior decorating project can turn out to be a mess if it doesn’t work with the room’s function, flow and design. To eliminate some of these problems create a floor design plan and a design file is handy too.
Drawing a floor plan of the room you intend to decorate creates a nice foundation for the success of an interior decorating plan. It’s a great way to play with arrangements and changes without spending a dime. And a floor plan insures you’re buying the right amount of materials and furniture that will fit in the room. There’s two ways to do this, old fashion pen and graph paper, or use a program called Sketchup by Google.
Don’t panic I am not selling anything here – there’s a free download for home, private use. This is a totally free package offered by Google. So next time you feel Google is a bag capitalist think again, they are offering software for free, that other people are charging thousands of pounds for.
Start With the Bones
Measuring – The first step in creating a floor plan is measure, lots and lots of measuring. Begin by measuring the room’s length and width and height. Then break it down and measure each wall, doorway, window, door, and other architectural features. Keep a list of these measurements to refer to later.
Create a scale for the floor plan so everything is a manageable and accurate size. Graph paper is very helpful for those who wish to draw the floor plan by hand, for those who are more high-tech, there are a lot of computer programs that make short work of interior floor plans – just the sort I have already shared higher up the page.
Gather the measurements and add them to the sketch, creating the bones of the room. Create another floor plan that shows each wall (a wall plan if you will) as was done with the floor, with height and width and specific measurements of features on that wall which cannot/will not be changed, all of this can be done super easily on Sketchup and the best thing is if you don’t like your idea quick changes are easy, using graph paper is killer for this process.
Evaluate how the room is currently used and how it is to be used after the decorating is complete, this is an important step and will make will high quality decoration, quickly. Look at room flow and lighting to determine what areas will be best suited for future furniture placement. Think about how many people use the room and where they will spend their time.
After the Base Plan is Made
Measure current furniture and accessories for a baseline estimate on size and create mock ups to move around. If a dramatic change is anticipated, create mock ups to size of the new furniture and accessories and begin to play with them on the floor plan, always keeping traffic flow, lighting and room function in mind. If you get it right your room can be crammed with furniture but still look good, get it wrong and even a decluttered room won’t look all that brilliant, no WOW factor.
This is a beautiful example of quite a lot going on but still looks amazing. You might not like the style, but you can appreciate that it looks good. This started with a plan, you can’t make this kind of quality off the hip.
Once a particular plan has been selected and it fits in size, shape, form, and function it’s time to act on that plan. Begin making the purchases to turn that old room into a new exciting place – but make sure you’ve tried hard to use your old decorative accessories first – this is the best money saving tip of them all, you find the best bargains in making your old stuff, new!
Make sure you do this is the right order too. For example if you have difficult to paint items such as sash windows, then make sure they are covered first, and then consider once you’ve decorated, now is the time to lay the hardwood floor, just in case your not sure what floor to use yet, I’ve made a nice guide on hardwood flooring designs if you plan to use hardwood, then it’s a good resource. Don’t get the orders wrong, it can leave you in tears and cause fearful arguments if big money has been spent on this.
Creating a floor plan for an interior decorating project may not seem like a fun first step but it actually can be, especially with the new design software available today. And once the floor plan is drawn and worked out the rest of the process can be completed with confidence.