Bob Idakaar Realtor’s Perspective~
Here are my 4 tip top tips for decorating a room:
- Choose your flooring first!
- Choose your paint last! (Yes, this is one of the common mistakes and comes as a surprise to many)
- Define your style and “goal” or mood for the room. What is the feeling you want to evoke?
- Find a focal point (or an anchor)
In my opinion, things usually work out best when you plan ahead and design the whole room. It’s ideal if you plan the whole room before you start working on it with out a plan!
1. Start with the floors
From the Bottom up… the floors are the foundation, and they set the tone for the entire room.
In general, I think it’s best to have the same type (and color) on all of the floors, at least all main rooms on the main floor (bathrooms/powder rooms are different). When you have the same flooring in all areas, it makes your space look larger and more cohesive. It also makes your space look cleaner and less cluttered.
The flooring is the base, and everything is built on top of it…literally and figuratively. And, if you choose your floors well, they will be there for years to come and should outlast any paint and decor changes you make to the room throughout your time in your home.
2. Pick the paint color last!
Everything goes smoother if you pick the paint color LAST.
If you choose the paint color first, it will make every other decision TOUGHER. It will be harder to find the find the right floor color, carpet/area rug, window treatments, pillows, bedding and other accessories.
Color can be placed in an area rug, window treatments, pillows, furniture, wall paintings and accessories. And, of course, you also have the option of an accent color wall.
3. What’s your style?
What do you want the style and the mood of the room to be? Do you want a more modern look, or traditional or perhaps a cozy farmhouse style? There is no right or wrong answer…it’s whatever you like.
4. Make a focal point
Choose piece that you want to be the focal point for the room. It sets the tone and your style. This may differ by room. It could be a painting (or picture), or an area rug, or some pillows, or a coffee table or special item for your coffee table. This piece is your inspiration and it is your “must have” item. Make sure everything in the room goes with this piece and complements it.