4 Tools to Create a Cohesively Designed Room You'll Love

4.06.2016

1. Choose a focus

Choose one main focal point to serve as a base for the design and budget for your room. This will help you start from a place of intention and ensure that the end goal satisfies your needs. Choose something that is either a high priority to replace or a statement piece. You may even base a design off of something you already have and love, requiring the room to go through some refiguring in order for it to shine. Whichever avenue suits your needs best, take it. Just be sure to start simple, with one jumping off point. This will also allow you to get the best bang for your buck where it matters the most. Designating one piece as the focal point will also give you a clear start for the aesthetics of the rest of the room. For us, we needed to replace our couch for sectional to be able to comfortably entertain in our living room. This piece was the main priority for the design and the budget.

2. Set a budget. Stick to it.

Before you begin dreaming up any lofty décor wish lists, get real. Set a budget for how much you would like to realistically spend as a whole and break it down from there by setting a price limit for each item. Start with your focus piece that you’ve chosen to inform your budget and go from there. When it came to replacing our couch, was viewed it as an investment. We wanted to be sure we purchased something of high quality to last us several years and provide a comfortable place to relax. Everything else purchased beyond that had wiggle room when it came to its price. And don’t forget, sticking to the budget will make the room that much more enjoyable rather than a financial burden

3. Shop and compare.

When you’re on a budget, it’s important to make sure that you’re getting the most for your money. Furnishings are not cheap and are best viewed as an investment! Do your homework in the interest of not only getting the best value out of your purchases, but also to fill your home with items that you love and will last more than just a few. A huge mistake that we made when we initially pieced together our living room over the past few years was buying things off the bat without comparing the quality or prices to other retailers. We just bought the first thing we saw and loved, hoping it was the right thing. Don’t do that! Instead allow yourself time to find a few options for each item and compare how they measure up.


4. Create a visual plan

This is by far the most crucial step to ensuring that the end result is cohesive. Designing blindly can lead to purchasing items you ultimately don’t totally love or a mismatched array of items that do not work aesthetically well together. As you select each piece of décor or furnishings, get a visual and put it all together! If you like to work digitally, throw together a mock up in Photoshop. If you’re more of the hands on type, print out images from the retailer’s website or clippings from catalogue and pin them up on a cork board or paste them to a large piece of paper. Approach this however it is most comfortable for you as long as you are able to see everything together – even the pieces you already have – so that you can get a good view of how the design will look as a whole. Don’t forget the basics like the color of the paint on your walls (grab a swatch from the hardware store!), flooring, and furnishings you are not swapping out. The goal here is to make sure that you are creating a balance, and therefor a cohesive room you’ll love!

Here is the working mock I used for visually planning the design of our living room. Perfect? No. Incredibly functional? Oh yeah.

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