It is a matter of finding your inspiration! For some, it could be some small item, a scarf, a vase, a painting, it’s a starting point to create your theme. For me a sofa is the perfect thing, I work with them all day long so it seems obvious.
When you find your inspiration, whatever that might be, you can start to build a picture. Some people are brilliant at this. Ideas flow, while others will feel like they have hit a wall and are stuck for ideas. If that’s you, finding your ‘muse’ and working back from that can be very helpful. I’m not saying it’s easy. The key is to break it down and stop thinking of a whole room. Working from a colour you love, a picture or something that has some significant meaning is a great starting point. It is amazing how other things fall in to place from this. Collecting samples and pictures to create a scrapbook or mood board of your ideas allows you to test what can work (or not!).
Your Focal point?
Rooms without architectural details can present a challenge. A newer home will often not have a focal point like a fire-place so featuring a statement piece of furniture can focus attention. This will set the tone for your décor. Link this by colour to curtains and window treatments to draw the eye to frame a view and pull the room together. Choose your own features such as a sofa, a chair, or a table lamp with a striking shade. By playing with stripes, patterns, textures it will draw the eye and help build a theme.
One of our clients has a successful formula which she has implemented to great effect in each of her (40 odd) rooms. She selects a single item, a small painted antique chair, or a favourite fabric, and builds on that. She tries to incorporate 9 different design elements into each room. Links them through a colour scheme, each element referring back to that one article. Interior designers use mood boards with colours, pictures and fabrics. Add different samples to see what effect a different quantity of a colour can have on a scheme. Bold accent colours are often used in small amounts. Adding a few scatter cushions in a bright colour can bring life into a room, without making it overwhelming. Link these to a ceramic dish in a similar hue and a lampshade or two and you will begin to see a theme emerging that is easy on the eye. Don’t forget, it’s always going to be what works for you. It is worth remembering that people (yep people like me) are very good at giving advice and telling you what to do but remember. After all, it is your home, your place to relax and enjoy .