How are Interior Design and Pie Related?

Do you feel overwhelmed at the thought of decorating your home? There are many steps that go into decorating so it’s no wonder that it can be so overwhelming that you may never begin! I’ve spent the last 10 years fine-tuning my design process so I can take my clients through the process of decorating their homes with ease. 

If you’ve ever wished you knew how to begin your next design project, you’re in luck because I’m sharing the first step of my design process with you — it’s what I call the “3 pieces of the design pie.” {This makes me think about pumpkin pie, my favorite pie!} These “pieces” guide every project I work on and I hope they will also provide you guidance if you are taking on a new home decorating project this fall. 

 {Durable materials and a fresh color palette brought function and style to life for our  MacClintock Drive  project. Design by April Force Pardoe Interiors.}

{Durable materials and a fresh color palette brought function and style to life for our MacClintock Drive project. Design by April Force Pardoe Interiors.}

STEP 1 -  Assess your needs, style & budget. These are the foundation of any good design project because all of your decisions and selections will be built on these three factors. Here’s how to work on each one when designing a room in your home.

  • How does your room need to function? Who uses it and how do they use it? Make a list of how you use the space, how you want to use the space and what you need to accomplish those activities. For example, if you like to read in your family room, you’ll likely need a comfortable chair, a light source and a table to rest a drink or book. Do you prefer a stationary seat with a foot stool? Without a foot stool? Maybe you love to read in a recliner? Or is a spot on the sofa an ideal reading spot for you? There’s no right or wrong answer, but be realistic about what you really need.

  • What do you love? Look through images of rooms online and in magazines. Collect pictures of spaces, colors and patterns on fabric that you love. Really love. What are the similarities among them? What colors are repeated? What furniture lines are repeated? Shapes, patterns, lighting — notice it all! This is your style. It doesn’t matter what you call it, just that you can identify and embrace it. Once you have an idea of your style use it to guide each choice. Love the color purple? Make sure you include it in your room somehow without worrying whether it’s trendy or not. This exercise is a great way to create a color palette for your room (2 - 3 colors you’ll use throughout the space) and let that guide your selections.

  • How much do you want to spend? If you’re not sure what furniture costs, visit furniture stores and look at prices of pieces you like. Talk to the sales people to find out how pieces are made so you understand the quality of different pieces. Look at pieces that have the quality you want. Look at lighting and accessories online or in stores. Take notes on the prices of items that you like so you can use those to create a room budget. Once you move onto the next step (STEP 2: create a space plan), you’ll use these costs to develop a budget for the room.

If you’d like help with this first step, or with taking the next steps in the design process, our design consultation can take you through these steps (and onto the next) with ease! Contact me today to get started!

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