Do you ever wonder how to even begin to declutter your room and make it freshly decorated? I totally get that! I was you once upon a time! Hard to believe right? (insert cheeky winky face here)
Years ago, I was a young momma who desperately wanted to know how to decorate my space all pretty just like in the decor magazines I saw. I didn’t have the money for an interior designer… and quite frankly wanted to know how to decorate it myself because getting creative was an outlet for me.
My husband would buy me design books and I would purchase new accent pillows with my small budgeted birthday money. But no matter how much we tried, we just couldn’t find any good tools to know how to decorate my space! My mommy brain left me very little brain power to learn anything complicated and granted this was before the days of Pinterest, but I even now after getting trained in Interior Design, and spending years designing other peoples homes, I still find people asking me on where they can find achievable design steps all in one location or thinking they have to move or spend a lot of money to achieve cozy!
I find social media to be incredibly inspiring, but it also can be somewhat of a dangerous place because all we see so often is the perfect spaces, and we can quickly get trapped into thinking we have to have that! The grass always looks greener, doesn’t it? Even for me!
This made me passionate to share with you my designer secret steps in a simple way so you can redesign your very own space in just an afternoon. It doesn’t have to cost you a dime if you don’t want to spend anything, but if and when you are ready to buy or do any projects, you are ready to do so with your plan in place. But why would I share these secrets with you, you may ask?
Because after meeting with hundreds of clients, I found we all need a beautiful, peaceful space we can come home to. A place to rest our head away from the clutter of this world. I so desire for each of us to know how to rock our own style and flavor for our home so, if all you need is to declutter and freshen up your space in an afternoon, here are some of the simple steps I use on every home I redesign…
Choose your room to redesign
Choose a room in your home you would like to redesign. I will be focusing on your living room as that is the hub of your home. This will give me a reference point as I teach you how to redesign your space. This technique can be applied to any room in your home
Remove everything from your room
Leave only your main large pieces of furniture such as sofas or your bed. Do remove everything else so you have a blank canvas to work with.
Rearrange your large pieces of furniture
In your living room, you’ll want to create a cozy conversational area while drawing your eye to the focal point of the space. Build your furniture around this focal point. Or if you don’t have one, create one. Pull your sofas away from the walls and create a U or an L or H shape around your focal point. Make sure you have a clear space to move around still. You’ll want to give yourself room to freely move around too. You don’t want any mental blocks from being invited into the space.
Add in your secondary pieces of furniture
You have now established your focal point and your large pieces to create a conversational area. You now can add your smaller pieces of furniture such as coffee table and end tables, shelving or accent chairs.
Add in your art
Now is a great time to hang your art to again enhance your focal point and create cozy on the supporting walls. here is a great tutorial on how to do this.
Accessorize your room
Using your accent colors and pieces that tell your story you are trying to create in your space, add in your accessories.
Assess your newly redesigned space
Does it have a balance of color, heights and good flow of space? Do you notice the focal points of the room?
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If it doesn’t serve a purpose, remove it. Using the same steps in other rooms, you can see if any of your leftover pieces fit anywhere else in your home, but do not keep it if it doesn’t add to your space or have a purpose.
It’s ok to get rid of them too as they may be dated and need to be retired anyways or maybe some new fabric or a paint job will give it a fresh look. Do I need to paint my walls or add in new tile around my fireplace? This is a good time to see what is not harmonizing with the rest of the space.
Make a list of what needs to be updated
Is there anything from another room that works to make into a coffee table or end table for your room? Maybe it just needs a paint job or you can switch out end tables from your living room and use the ones in your bedroom as they may have a better feel for your redesigned space. Feeling like you Need a new rug or a few new accessories? Put together a small budget to work with and go shopping when you are ready.
A few new pieces will give new life to your space. Even $50 can go a long way. Sell a couple of the extra pieces you no longer need to use the money for a couple of new accessories. Check out second-hand stores if needed to make your money stretch. Paint can transform any piece!
It doesn’t have to be time-consuming or expensive to redesign your own space. Here are some simple tools to Redesign just by using what you already own. Try it out and see how it works for you! You can sign up to print off my free room redesign checklist here…
And if you’re a visual learner and want these steps to come alive… I have invested a lot of time and money into creating this tutorial just for you! Check out this hands-on course called Redesign your Home where you can watch me in action actually applying these steps in a real room redesign!
This hands-on video course includes all these simple design steps and more! Including what to shop for, how to learn your design style, how to layout your room so you know what fits and what doesn’t, and a detailed workbook to apply all these steps to your own space!
I would love your feedback, my friend! Send me comments and pictures on how this or my other resources have worked for you! Hashtag your room redesign or special family moments to #thisismycozy!