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How to Create an Inspiration Board to Design a Room

Learn all the details on how to create an inspiration board when designing a room. These tips will help you streamline your design choices, make better decisions, stay within your budget, and save you time.

Designing spaces in our homes is often a challenging job. And it can even be so hard for some that they just choose to not do it or to settle for something they really don’t like. But I’m here today to show you how to create an inspiration board to help you design a room. You’ll be able to streamline your design choices, make better decisions, stay within budgets, and save time.

All the details on how to make a DIY inspiration board when designing a room to help you streamline your design choices, make better decisions on your ideas, stay within your budget, and save you time. #inspirationboard #homedecor #bedroom #kitchen #livingroom #bathroom #kenarry

Hi all, it’s Lori from Greco Design Company. As a designer, I am always creating these inspiration boards for myself and clients and I find they’re a great tool to help me create a cohesive space. They keep me organized, on budget, and help to create the best design choices.

Even though creating design boards may seem like an extra step when it comes to designing your home, it will help you make better, more educated decisions and create a more cohesive space. Seeing all your design selections together on one board, before the expense of purchasing them, is a great way to avoid mistakes and unnecessary costs.

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Instructions:

1. Make a List and a Budget

Making a list of all the items you need and want for your space is a good way to prioritize and will serve as a guide when doing research. Then give yourself a budget for each of these items.

TIP: Keep in mind that there may be added costs for things like tax and shipping. In addition to this, I always add in an extra expense for general decor and accessories.

2. Measure

Take measurements of your space including windows, doors, and any permanent structures such as fireplaces, built-in units or anything that will affect the layout of the room. Use this as a guide for #3.

All the details on how to make a DIY inspiration board when designing a room to help you streamline your design choices, make better decisions on your ideas, stay within your budget, and save you time. #inspirationboard #homedecor #bedroom #kitchen #livingroom #bathroom #kenarry

3. Paint Color Selections

I like to select paint colors first because they’re probably the largest visual in the space. They also set the tone of the room.

TIP: There are so many factors when selecting paint colors and it can be very overwhelming. I recommend NOT going with the current trends. They’re trends and they will change and so will your interest in those color selections. If you’re tentative about color, stay with neutrals and pick a color or a shade of a color that already exists in the room.

If you’re starting from scratch with no furniture, art, or any decor items yet, pick a few variations of colors that you enjoy and want to be surrounded by. Then when you go on to step #4 and start looking for items to fill the space, keep these paint color variations in mind. Of course, you can change them if needed, but I think if you’re true to your personal interests, you’ll make similar color choices.

All the details on how to make a DIY inspiration board when designing a room to help you streamline your design choices, make better decisions on your ideas, stay within your budget, and save you time. #inspirationboard #homedecor #bedroom #kitchen #livingroom #bathroom #kenarry

4. Do your Research

Start researching for different pieces that will work with your space, budget, and style. I usually look for the big items first such as rugs and furniture. The best places to look are social media, Pinterest, online shopping, in-store shopping, magazines, and even in your friends’ and neighbors’ homes. Take photos, screenshots, or tear out pages of your magazines.

TIP: When designing your home, be sure to consider an item’s purpose and meaning. It’s less important to surround ourselves with expensive, pretty things than it is to create an environment that’s meaningful and purposeful. Of course, the things we pick will be visually pleasing to us, but their main intention is to be purposeful.

For example, the dimensions of the couches I selected for this family room are the same as other couches, but the smaller arms and sleeker bottom make these visually “lighter” than ones with higher, rolling arms and chunky bottoms. So it’s purpose is to seat a lot of people but not look too big or heavy in the small room. The colors and style work for my space and are within my budget. All those elements make these couches good design choices.

All the details on how to make a DIY inspiration board when designing a room to help you streamline your design choices, make better decisions on your ideas, stay within your budget, and save you time. #inspirationboard #homedecor #bedroom #kitchen #livingroom #bathroom #kenarry

5. Order Swatches

You can get a sample swatch for almost any item including fabric for chairs, couches, curtains and even rugs. Most stores will give these away for free, or for a minimal cost. This is crucial since it’s so hard to tell accurate colors and texture on our monitors.

6. Collect Your Images

Once you have collected a variety of images of the items for your space (rugs, chairs, couches, tables, etc.) you can print them out and, along with your swatches and paint chips, create groupings that work best together. I like to create a few different design combinations for each space. Giving yourself a few options will help make your final decisions easier and you might end up with even better solutions in the end.

All the details on how to make a DIY inspiration board when designing a room to help you streamline your design choices, make better decisions on your ideas, stay within your budget, and save you time. #inspirationboard #homedecor #bedroom #kitchen #livingroom #bathroom #kenarry
All the details on how to make a DIY inspiration board when designing a room to help you streamline your design choices, make better decisions on your ideas, stay within your budget, and save you time. #inspirationboard #homedecor #bedroom #kitchen #livingroom #bathroom #kenarry
All the details on how to make a DIY inspiration board when designing a room to help you streamline your design choices, make better decisions on your ideas, stay within your budget, and save you time. #inspirationboard #homedecor #bedroom #kitchen #livingroom #bathroom #kenarry

7. Adhere to your Boards

Once you like your groupings, adhere them onto your boards. There are also online options such as a Pinterest board. Although those are helpful when gathering my ideas, I prefer having all my items on a physcial board that I can carry around with me. These physical boards allow me to hold them up in the space, touch the fabrics, and see accurate color combinations. I often make a few different design combination boards for each room.

TIP: Study your design creations and don’t be afraid to make changes and move things around. Have fun with it – this is where you can try different combinations without any added expense! I’ve often found my least favorite choices were the ones I made first. So keep searching and try something out of your comfort zone. Or something that’s not so common. For example, try a huge clock on a wall instead of a standard-size piece of art.

All the details on how to make a DIY inspiration board when designing a room to help you streamline your design choices, make better decisions on your ideas, stay within your budget, and save you time. #inspirationboard #homedecor #bedroom #kitchen #livingroom #bathroom #kenarry

Designing our homes can be costly and time consuming. But hopefully, these instructions and tips will make the process a bit easier and more affordable. Even though creating design boards may seem like an extra step when it comes to designing your home, it will help you make better, more educated decisions and create a more cohesive space with purpose and meaning.

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