From Start to Finish, How to Create a Complete Room Design

Redecorating a room, while a smaller project than a whole-room redesign, can still be quite a challenge. With each task comes a touch of anxiety about whether you’re making the right choice, and how that choice will fit in with the rest of your effort. You have to balance your personal preference with interest in choosing an “in” style, not to mention making all of this work for your redesign budget.

The best place to start, from a design and budget perspective, is with your biggest purchases. If you’re redesigning your den or living room, these would be the sofa, chairs, and rug. If you’re still interested in keeping any or all of the existing pieces, you can save big on your redesign (or allot that money to other elements). In some cases, even if you don’t love your existing furniture, tweaks or redesigns of current pieces can give you the look you want without having to get all new pieces.

These changes could include a swapping of all fabric or just creating new arm covers for your sofa or chairs that might help tie together the entire room. While we’re not covering it in this article, you will also want to be aware of the opportunity to change the paint color of your entire room, which may frame your design choices within it.

Apart from the walls, your area rug will provide the single largest color or pattern. Including swatches of fabric from your furniture or paint strips from your walls will make shopping much easier, rather than leaving you to imagine how a rug might fit with your existing colors.

Window treatments may be a great opportunity to take a bit of risk with your redesign. It will probably feel easy to choose a simple pattern or solid that makes sense to anyone, but feel free to try out something new. It may be just the touch you need to enhance your room and make it more unique. The key to keeping everything harmonious is avoiding clashing colors or patterns and maintaining similar saturation tones throughout.

Once you’ve completed these major steps, you’re left with the smaller choices. These final elements, like end tables, lamps, or coffee tables, can be used to help tie together the entire design. This should also be a lot of fun—you’ve already made it through the most difficult stretch. As with window treatments, use the smaller elements for greater risk taking. They’re easier to change out if you decide they just don’t fit.

And after you’ve finished everything, don’t forget the critical last step: inviting everyone over to enjoy your new space. Sound like a plan? Why not get started today?