A Guide to Creating Spaces Part 3 Implementation
I can’t believe we’re already on our 3rd and final part of A Guide to Creating Spaces Part 3 Implementation! I would like to say a special THANK YOU to my sweet friend Brendt from She Gave It A Go blog for putting this fun hop together!
In this article I hope to wrap up my tips and tricks on how to decorate any space! But another awesome thing about this series is that you can to hear the perspectives of 4 other incredible bloggers! They’re linked for ya at the bottom!
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At this point hopefully you’ve narrowed down a style or styles you love and maybe even some specific looks you’d like to recreate in your space. One thing I like to do to help me visualize how all the components of a space will look together is to create a mood board. A great and free place to do this is on the Canva app. I’m a visual person so this helps me “see” the space and be able to play with ideas before making purchases. I used it to quickly throw together a mock one for our living room.
Alright so you have all your ideas in place so let’s start bringing the space together! We all have different budgets and ideas in mind where we want to spend first. Every space I do or redo I always always shop our home first! There are usually items I can at least pull in and use until I find exactly what I’m looking for. If you love vintage check out my article series on how to shop for vintage HERE. Shopping vintage can sometimes mean waiting for the perfect piece for awhile but I’ve always felt it’s 100% worth the wait!
Personally I like a good deal and if something is outside of my budget comfort zone then I will wait and save up or want it badly enough I’ll sacrifice somewhere else. But one thing I always to is price check. I look up similar items online until I find the best deal with the best reviews. Some of my go-to online and in person stores are: IKEA, World Market, Target, Wayfair, Amazon, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, and Pottery Barn.
Fill Your Cart
I’m known to fill up my cart with things I’m inspired by for a space. This helps me stay focused in the store and “see” what the room will look like all together. Then I can weed out what I’m actually going to buy before I check out. Also just keep the tags on and the receipts in your wallet. If something doesn’t work take it back, no biggie! Oh and remember to have fun!
If you’re starting from scratch in an empty room or completely redecorating I would address wall paint and overhead lighting first. These 2 things set the stage for everything else. See my paint article HERE!
The Big Stuff
Next, start looking for the bigger furniture pieces. For our living room this would include a sofa, loveseat, or media cabinet etc. I always highly advise sticking to neutrals for these pieces. They are usually going to be your most expensive items. If you start with a neutral base you can always mix and change up the entire feel of the room with accents and decor. So even if you love that neon blue sofa right now you might not in a month, and then you’d be stuck with it. I think of your bigger pieces that are neutral as your palette and you can add color and texture to it from there.
The Not So Big Stuff
After your big staple neutral pieces are established you can work your way down and fill in the gaps with end tables, a coffee table, accent chairs etc. Another top priority for most is window treatments because we all need our privacy.
Again check out some of the pins you saved to help find inspiration for these items. You can focus on really bring the room to life with decor and show your personal style. This is where you’ll bring in rugs, throw pillows, wall art, plants, and other small decor accent pieces.
As you bring the room together remember to create a room that feels visually balanced. For example dark pieces take up more room than lighter ones. Or a large photo gallery wall would create a lot of interest and visual weight so you would want to counter balance that on the other side of the room. It’s important to keep your eyes to keep moving around the space and landing on the various decor and furniture pieces. You don’t want one area of the space to completely dominate the rest. As in you wouldn’t put all the throw pillows on on chair 😉
Our Living Room
In our living room the biggest and visually heaviest piece of furniture is our media cabinet. She’s 5 foot wide and 6 foot tall. The exposed brick chimney which adds lots of texture and interest is right next to her. So to balance the room I use furniture and lots of texture with textiles on the other side. This way one side doesn’t feel too heavy.
A Guide to Creating Spaces Part 3 Implementation
Above all though just create a space that feels like you. It should feel like home, whatever that means to you. This process should be fun! Even if you make a mistake that’s how you learn what works! If you surround yourself with things you love your home will become a place you love! After all there’s no place like it 😉