Room by Room

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Each room should feel inviting and warm and should reflect its purpose. The rooms in your home also should reflect your personality and style. If you feel comfortable in a home where everything flows and blends together, then choose colors that blend and furniture that complements in style and tone. On the other hand, if you love different styles and colors, dont be afraid to use different colors and furniture styles or, for example, mix modern art with traditional prints and furniture styles in the same room.

When decorating all the rooms in your home, decide which rooms you want done first, what they will be used most for, and whether they should be formal or more casual. Dont rush or make hasty decisions that will be costly later because you are not happy with the outcome. Take your time to find those special pieces for each room. Your home should tell a story about you.

Be aware that when rooms dont have doors that close them off, the feeling of the entire space needs to be harmonious. Main living areas, such as kitchens, family rooms and dining rooms should emulate a similar, coordinating style. Sharing a color palette and coordinating furnishings can help you achieve a consistent look.

Try starting with an existing or newly purchased piece of furniture or other decorative object that you feel best describes your style. Continue building in that direction until you feel your room is complete. Its easiest to tackle the big items first, and then concentrate on the finishing touches.

ASK YOURSELF
BEDROOM

Is the only function of the room to be a sleeping area?

YES
NO



What other functions does the room serve?

Is there enough space for a separate sitting area, in addition to the bed?

YES
NO

If so, what type of seating could be added?

What type of feel do I want the room to have?

Do I want the room to be

PEACEFUL
RELAXING
ROMANTIC



What changes will need to be made to make the room more restful?

Is there adequate storage?

YES
NO


How much more storage is needed?


DINING ROOM

Is the only function of the room to be an eating area?

YES
NO

What other functions does the room serve?
For example, could the dining room double as a library, adding a cozy element and another use for the area?


How often will this room be used and what will it be used for?

FAMILY GATHERINGS
FORMAL ENTERTAINING


How many people do I want to seat?

Is there room for SMALL GROUPS ONLY or can
LARGE DINNER PARTIES be accommodated (maybe buffet style)?

Are the chairs comfortable?

NO

Is it possible to use chairs with arms around the table?

YES
NO



Could two round or smaller square tables be used for smaller groups of four at each table?

YES
NO


(One current trend in the dining room is round tables, which are perfect for entertaining because they let everyone see and talk to each other easily.)

Is the dining room used mostly at night?

YES
NO


If so, do I want to add drama to the room?

YES
NO


If so, how?

LIVING ROOM
Can it function for more than one purpose?

YES
NO


For example, could the living room double as a library, functioning as a retreat, as well as a public area to be used for guests?

Is the purpose of the room
FORMAL
CASUAL?

What types of fabrics would convey the desired atmosphere?


What types of lighting would convey the desired atmosphere?


Would lighting dimmers help set the desired mood of the room?

YES
NO


Is there ample comfortable seating?

YES
NO


For how many?
(Remember, you can use ottomans and pull-up chairs for extra seating.)

Is there enough moveable seating, such as chairs, benches and floor pillows, to accommodate larger groups?

YES
NO


How much more is needed?

Is this room inviting to guests?

YES
NO

Do I want it to be more so?

YES
NO



Is there adequate storage for entertainment, such as music, books, games, etc.?

YES
NO


How much more space is needed?

What do we need to make the room comfortable, yet practical for all of its intended purposes?


Is there easy access to lamps, tables and ottomans?

YES
NO


Do I need more of these items?

YES
NO

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