Designing a room from a completely blank slate can be quite a daunting task! It can be difficult to know where to start and once you get going you need to be aware of the order you’re doing things to get the best results possible. There are also some basic design rules that are always good to keep in mind to give you that well-designed look that you’re hoping for. Whether it’s one room or your entire home, we’ve compiled some tips to help get you started:
Define Your Personal Style
When designing a room don’t just jump in, take your time to think about your personal style and the overall look you want to go for. Maybe you love mid-century modern or maybe it’s a more traditional look that excites you. Either way, making this determination from the get-go will guide every choice you make going forward and help you to put together a more cohesive look.
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Mix It Up
Another way to think of this is to avoid being too matchy-matchy. If you decide you want to go with a modern look and purchase everything from the same store your space is going to be boring and you won’t be in love with the results. Have fun with the process and shop for items from various sources. The large commercial stores like West Elm are great to mix with custom items and even flea market finds.
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Plan Your Space
Measure, measure, measure! Before shopping for your pieces it’s best that you measure and plan out your space on paper. This will ensure that everything you place will fit nicely in the room and not be too crowded or too empty. Another trick is to use painters tape to actually tape out dimensions in a room where you’re thinking of placing a sofa or bed. Do this before you buy so you don’t get stuck with anything that’s not a perfect fit!
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Start with the Rug
If you select a rug you love for each room and build from there, you can’t go wrong. The rug will ground the space and with an endless array of fabrics, colors and patterns it will organically dictate how the rest of the room comes together. If you’re working with a carpeted room or don’t want to include a rug for whatever reason, start with the largest furniture piece and build from there. So for the bedroom it would be the bed and for the den it would be the sofa or entertainment center.
Decor trends come and go, but one of the easiest ways to stay up-to-date on all things interior design related is to update your selection of throw pillows. They’re easy to swap and store, and the right ones can instantly revitalize a space. We love using throw pillows in a variety of patterns and colors to a sofa or bed to add interest and color to a room.
Plan 3 at Monterra PGA West is a beautifully designed home with a covered patio area, a gorgeous pool and a casita set against the mountainous backdrop in La Quinta. The interior features a casual elegance design style complete with rich stone flooring set against wood, brown, tan and natural furnishings. The color palette includes off whites, brown, copper and pops of rich emerald green.
Monterra Plan 2 boasts a modern eclectic interior design style with rich neutrals accented with pops of blue, copper and dark red. We used an interesting mix of rustic and reclaimed wood, iron and bamboo accents grounded on a wood looking porcelain plank flooring. Set within a golf course community this home is perfect for an active, mature family with plenty of space to entertain or relax after a day of golf!
The blue and white color combination has always been a classic look and now it’s also one of the trending décor styles! This color palette can go elegant or coastal, modern or French country. This palette is a great choice for long lasting style while staying on trend.
We love trends as much as the next designer, but unfortunately trends eventually go out of style, leaving an outdated look in their wake. Luckily, we have some tricks up our sleeves that will allow you to indulge in the best trends of the season, while assuring your home stays fresh and up to date.
Pick a Neutral Color Palette
Selecting a neutral color palette for the main areas of your home will allow for the perfect base, while giving you the opportunity to layer in changing trends that can easily be removed if they begin to feel dated.
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Find Your Personal Design Style
Tapping into your personal style can help you decipher which home decor trends to lean towards and which to avoid. Consider the colors and textures you gravitate towards and work them into your existing pieces and palette. This should take you beyond the trends and leave you with pieces that are timeless.
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Opt for small pieces instead of entire rooms
When incorporating a trend into your interior design it is important to note that small is better. Sure, that Spanish tiled bathroom might look fabulous now, but will you still love it in a year? Small trending accents, such as throw pillows, are great ways to pay homage to a trend without overdoing it. Rooms that are themed tend to go out of style quickly.
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Choosing functional pieces and remodel choices will help to create a timeless effect to your home. The more functional your home and furniture is, the more timeless your design becomes. Select furniture that fits with your lifestyle and that of your family and you won’t need to buy new pieces every few years!
Whether you have just moved in or have nested in the same place for years, a little change of color can do wonders to your interior. Big or small, painting or wallpapering projects can have a huge impact on the look and feel of your interior design. Grab some crafting tools and get started!
Small furniture pieces
Painting a small piece of furniture can change the look and feel of an entire room. Something like a dresser or end table is an easy DIY and will add a fun pop of color to a room. We recommend using a piece that’s gone out of style or maybe one that doesn’t match your overall design.
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2. Accent walls
The easiest room transformation: paint one wall. Need help choosing a wall color? Our recommendation is to pick a color you already love decorating with, that fits the overall interior design of your existing room. This will create a significant change but won’t require you to redecorate entirely. If you’re feeling really bold, check out our previous post on the trending moody wall colors.
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A fresh coat of paint on cabinets can create an entirely new look in a room. Whether it’s the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room this is a simple and inexpensive way to transform it. Recently we’ve seen dark cabinets trending, but whether you opt for a moody or bright color, be ready for your room to have a whole new personality!
4. Architectural Accents
Wall papering a room is another great way to add color and it can also make the architectural accents look more dramatic. The colored wallpaper in this room accents the wood molding and creates depth while bringing the room together.
Finding the perfect coffee table that works for the whole family and is stylish is just what this trend is about. When designing homes for families, it is important to find beautiful yet family functional coffee tables. Check out some of our favorites for some inspiration.
The classic coffee table is big enough for everyone, extra storage and it’s easy to clean. Now that is family friendly.
We think this coffee table pulls the room together, it provides extra storage, more room for decoration and a flat space for kids to do homework on.
Round tables are great if you have little ones running around, no sharp edges! Plus this one has additional space underneath for storage.
This type of coffee table is good for a big family or for families with a lot of friends, it can be one or multiple tables for homework, eating spaces or whatever you need.
Using a unique material adds flare but it also has a softer texture for any kids who might bump into it.
Plan 1 at Monterra PGA West in La Quinta is a uniquely designed 3,180 square foot home with 3 bedrooms and 4.5 baths overlooking a beautiful golf course. The interiors are Spanish Modern featuring eclectic furniture in a color palette of fuchsia and orange. Sand and neutral tones added into the mix created the perfect balance and a nice flow into the spacious backyard and pool.