How To Avoid Getting Overwhelmed When Designing Your Home!

How To Avoid Getting Overwhelmed When Designing Your Home!

If you read last weeks blog post you will have some ideas on how you can make your home look and feel cohesive and if you read the one before that you will know what’s trending in interiors right now

But do you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed because there is too much choice and information out there that procrastination takes over you?!
After all, the internet is a huge place, Instagram is full of picture perfect homes, and glossy mags fill the shelves covered in perfectly styled living shots. And then we think to ourselves, my home is never going to look like that anyway and we want to throw the towel in? We’ve absolutely all been there, myself definitely included.

When faced with making any decision it can sometimes feel overwhelming, and designing and decorating your home is no exception. Especially if you’re trying to do it on your own, OR you and your significant other have very different tastes or ideas. 
I have always found it easier when helping my clients, friends and family members with their homes rather than my own. We have such a connection to our own homes that the fear of getting it wrong often paralyses us in to doing nothing. However I have found that a balance between not rushing into a design but not sitting on decisions for too long (that we end up doing nothing!!), is the best place to be. 
I have three top tips for you when struggling with design and decorating overwhelm, and they are all really easy to implement! 
Stacey's Furniture Shop founder Stacey, searching through colour schemes to create a concept for her client
Colour charts are a must when designing and choosing a colour scheme
Begin by evaluating the space that you want to redecorate/redesign and make a list of all the things that are working for you, all those that aren’t and what you want to achieve for the room. 

This could look something like 
Living Room
-Lots of natural sunlight 
-Large room, plenty of space 
-Large room, struggles to feel cosy
-Not functioning properly
What I want to achieve in this room
-Place to work from
-Feel cosy 
The aim behind writing these things down, is to give you a clearer picture of what you really want for the space and in turn feel less overwhelmed. Until you get real clear on this, how can you even expect yourself to make any decisions?
As shown above you might find yourself writing the same point both in the pros and cons section, which is totally fine! You need to find a way to use that point to it’s potential. For this example above, you could use colours that create a cocooning effect, making the room feel cosier but not smaller whilst still having a wonderful amount of space.
Then, if you haven’t already, this is the time to create yourself a mood board. Be it physical or digital. In my free eBook I teach you how to go about creating a mood board and where to gather your inspo! All you have to do is sign up to my newsletter and ‘Curating Your Home’ will land straight in your inbox! 
Once you have created your mood board you will have a much better idea of how your space could look. I also recommend drawing yourself out a floor plan for the room. If you want to go one step further you can use tape on floors and walls so you can see how the scale of furniture etc works within your space.

Living room mood board concept

Now it’s time to write your to do list. Include the things you need to buy or order, the professionals you need to get quotes from and hire, including your decorators, chippys, furniture artists etc! OR if DIY is your thing, then go for it and whip out those paintbrushes yourself!
In ‘Curating Your Home’ I talk about not getting distracted by making unnecessary purchases. If you are out shopping and see something you love that doesn’t go with your scheme, sit on it, if it is something you can’t stop thinking about then see if you can work it into your design somehow. But if it doesn’t, it is okay to leave it behind! This honestly will be the difference to creating the space you’ve taken care and consideration to plan that works for you and is beautiful, to creating a space that is unfunctional with little to no ‘wow’ factor!
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Leave me a comment and let me know what you find most overwhelming when designing and decorating your home, and I will get back to you with answers to any questions you may have!
As always, thanks so much for reading!
Stacey x 
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1 comment

Great article. Being overwhelmed is so common when designing. It is the same even when looking for a perfect sofa set for home too. This is definitely helpful. Thanks

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