The hardest part of re-decorating is knowing where to start, do you choose a wall colour, start with a favourtie fabric or artwork? In this post I will talk you throught the steps to help you through the decision process of picking a cohesive scheme, to get you from a design headache to a scheme you will be happy with for years to come.
You can trawl through various magazines picking out images of rooms that you have fallen in love with, create wonderful boards on pinterest but where do you go from there??
Pinterest andinstagram are a good start it will give you an idea of the style and colours you like but the best way to pick a scheme that will work for you and your house is to visit fabric showrooms and in particular chelsea harbour design centre where there are many of the big fabric, lighting and furniture suppliers all under one roof. Be prepared though, it can be an overwhelming experience. Take a full day if you can and take all of your inspiration with you in a folder, including any tiles, fabrics, flooring samples that you may already have and match them alongside any fabrics, wallpapers that you may like. Don't be afraid to ask the showroom assistants for help and ask for samples where necessary. DO NOT collect too many samples or loose focus as this will through you further off scheme.
A recent scheme that I have put together is for a country cottage sitting / dining / kitchen area. The room had been skimmed with new plaster and fabulous new flooring specified from Khars
The key thing here was to find a light grey for the walls with a pretty fabric for roman blinds to three windows, good lighting and accessories to brighten up the space.
There are so many places out there who provide great paint these days, below are some links to just a few
Putting all the samples together side by side is the only way to view the success of a scheme, do this on a board and take it into the room (s) where you are decorating. If you can leave the samples in the room for a day/weekend then all the better and keep looking at them at different times of the day. If there is anything that repeatedly jumps out at you, remove it and add something else in its place and keep doing that until everytime you glance at the scheme you smile. Then you know it is right.
This is the final scheme for the cottage. Loose covers, blinds and cushions are all being made, the room has been painted and the tiler is all set to get to work. I will update my blog with the finished room in a few weeks.
Enjoy working on your shemes and all questions or comments are very welcome.