Diving into your next home project before fully thinking it through could have you living with walls that clash with the woodwork, kitchen cabinets too large to accommodate your Bosch dishwasher or a vintage dining room light that needs rewiring before you can use it. Planning ahead by using an ideabook helps you streamline the process, focus on what you really want and make sure the overall mood of the room is harmonious. It only takes seven simple steps to make your own ideabook.
1. Select Rooms in Need of Love: Maybe you want to revamp the whole house. We all have those days. To focus your project, pick one or two rooms to start with. Maybe you’ve always hated the shower tile and your bathroom sink is too small? Begin with the bathroom.
2. Think About Styles: Is your home modern or colonial? Victorian or bohemian? While you can craft an Asian-inspired bathroom in a modern home, your whole dwelling will be more harmonious if it’s done in similar or complementary styles. If you can’t pick one style for the whole house, at least pick a style for the room. Trying to blend too many can have your home looking like a collage.
3. Search for Shelter Redo Ideas: This is where it gets fun. Browse blogs, magazines and the web for ideas that thrill you. Search Google images, product catalogs and Pinterest to get product ideas or images and browse Apartment Therapy and DIY renovation blogs to problem-solve tricky areas.
4. Pin It to Win It: When you find an idea you love, download it to a folder on your laptop or clip it to a Pinterest board. Gather images that reflect your vision. Aim to curate a range of images or ideas for the room until you end up with an idea book. Saving everything that inspires you to one place means that you won’t get stuck looking all over the house for that porch planter idea you printed out. If you end up changing your mind, you can always save ideas for upcoming projects.
5. List Out Your Goals
Before you head to the hardware store, list out your goals. Do you want to reduce clutter, revamp the whole space or do a basic modernize and update? Look back over your inspiration to make sure that you’ve remained true to project goals. If you’ve missed something, dedicate time to address it now.
6. Prioritize Your Visuals
Your budget is probably limited, so rank out your options. Is it more important to get a dining room table to seat your growing family or to replace those ratty blinds? Commit to funding the most important aspects of your redo and tackling luxuries only if budget allows.
7. Add to It As You Need
Your idea book shouldn’t be static. Feel free to add ideas as they come to you, even if it’s for a room you’ve already redone.
Staying focused allows you to revamp one room at a time, rather than scattering your efforts addressing each small problem. You’ll feel so good once you’ve solved one house problem that you’ll be filled with creative energy to tackle the next project – and you should!