How to Create a Decorating Plan

Hello Friends! Last week I mentioned that we were planning on giving my daughter Sadie’s room a makeover. The first thing I do when I am embarking on a decorating project is to come up with a plan. I find that just like in other aspects of running a home and #momlife, planning ahead makes for a more smooth and successful outcome! I saw this quote online a few months ago and it resonated with me immediately!

Today I wanted to share with you my process for creating a Decorating Plan, as it is something I have realized is highly useful for many reasons. When we are thinking about giving a room a major overhaul, many of us just want to get right to the good stuff…shopping! I have been guilty of this so many times and still struggle with managing this one. It is hands down my favorite part of any design project. In my line of work and because decorating is my passion, I come across lots of pretty things that can be hard to resist. Target is my Achilles heal…I have a hard time controlling myself in that store! Hearth and Hand and Threshold are my go-to Target brands for home decor.

The Hearth & Hand with Magnolia logo on a cream background
Tabletop with Hearth & Hand with Magnolia dishes, napkins, flatware and more
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I have learned the hard way that it is always best to have a Decorating Plan or Mood Board in place before you start any decorating project.

Here’s why :

  1. it provides a framework and direction for the project

  2. it helps to stay focused when shopping for new decor

  3. it saves money  (you are less likely to buy something that doesn’t fit with the style of the room)

  4. it saves time  (you won’t be making multiple trips to the store)

So I am sure you are nodding your head in agreement with me that a decorating plan is a good idea, but now you might be wondering, where do I start? I have briefly outlined the steps I follow and even created this pretty little cheat sheet for you…cause I’m a good friend like that!

You can even take this one step further and create a mood board which is basically a visual representation of your Decorating Plan. A mood board can either be a physical collection of fabric swatches, pictures etc. or a digital collage like this one…

I really love creating these digital mood boards. I collect images from online sources, save them and then use a website called Picmonkey to put them all together. I can then save the image to my computer or to my phone, that way I can have the picture with me when I am out shopping.

So there you have my simple recipe for creating a decorating plan! In my next post I will show you how I used this system to create a plan for Sadie’s room makeover project. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

xo, Kerri

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