Winter finds us spending more time inside. The more time we spend inside the more we notice things that need updating in our home. "These ceilings look dirty!" "These draperies are 15 years old!" "It's so dark in here!" "These shades have been broken for 3 years, when are we going to get new ones?" "I am so sick of this color."
I have clients that avoided having friends and family over because they didn't feel their house was "finished" or "decorated." Those chintz seafoam and mauve swags were letting everyone know, "I bought this house from an old lady in 2001 and these were her window treatments since 1985." Guess what, it's time for a change.
Winter is the perfect time for indoor projects. Start with one room. Maybe the room you're in the most or the room that you never use because you can't stand it. Imagine a new paint color, beautiful window shades that function, a brighter room, warmer looking, more inviting. Imagine the BEFORE/AFTER pictures.
The internet is a great place to start looking for ideas. Houzz.com, Pinterest, Google Images, a decorators Facebook page for starters. How to use these sites will be a blog in itself. My Patti Gurney Designs, LLC Facebook page has a whole album dedicated to BEFORE/AFTER pictures. Customers find these pictures helpful because they often can't imagine a room as drab as theirs ever looking different.
My first question to a customer is, "How do you want the room to feel?" Most often the answer to this question is either, "I want the room to feel cozy, warm, inviting" or "I want the room to feel more open, brighter, happy."
My next question is, "What do you want to be able to do in this room?" Depending on the room they may say, "Relax together and watch television comfortably but also entertain when friends and family come over" or "I want it to be formal but comfortable when we have family holidays" or "I want it to be a place I can get away from everything".
Sometimes the answer is, "I don't know." They've neglected the room for so long that they forgot what it was even intended for. That's ok. I give them a little homework to get the ideas flowing. Look at pictures and save the ones that catch your eye. From there I show them designs that I think would meet their needs. Beautifully textured shades that give privacy but allow light to come in or complete blackout shades for the bedroom that you want a deep sleep in.
Take one step at a time. Start looking around your home. What do you want to change first? How do you want it to feel? What do you want to be able to do in that room? Just remember, the room should represent YOU and your family not a certain designers style or a theme, per se.
Here's a few BEFORE/AFTERS to get you started.
Happy New Year and be open to change!