7 Simple Steps to an Easy Redesign of a Space

Jun 2, 2024

Most furniture layouts miss the mark, leading people to replace items that don’t need replacing. Instead, they might just need to be rearranged, recovered, or painted. Because the placements are off, it’s hard to see the real problems. That’s why I always start by assessing what you have.

Step 1: Assess Your Spaces

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Begin by deciding which rooms are most important to you and prioritize them. Here’s a typical order of room importance:

1. Living Room/Family Room/Entry

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2. Kitchen

3. Primary Bedroom & Bath

4. Dining Room

5. Breakfast Room

6. Spare Bedrooms

7. Spare Bathrooms

Once you’ve prioritized the rooms, take time to assess what you have in your home.

 Step 2: Bring in Items from Other Rooms

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Gather items from other rooms that could be repurposed or brought into the space you’re making over. Explore the attic, basement, spare rooms, and even bathrooms. A vase from the bathroom or a lamp from the guest room might be the perfect addition to your living room bookshelf. Experiment with rearranging furniture, artwork, and decor pieces to breathe new life into your space.

Step 3: Completely Undecorate

Completely undecorate the space you’re planning to makeover. Clear out clutter and strip the room down to just the furniture. This blank slate will allow you to see the space with fresh eyes and envision new possibilities.

Step 4: Set Up a Staging Area

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Set up a staging area nearby where you can gather items before bringing them into the room. This will help you visualize how different pieces will look together and streamline the makeover process.

Step 5: Arrange the Furniture

Once you’ve gathered your items and cleared the space, it’s time to consider furniture placement. Start with the largest pieces, avoiding angled placements. Consider function and flow first, arranging your furniture in a way that promotes conversation, allows for easy movement, and maximizes the use of space.

Experiment with different layouts until you find one that feels balanced and inviting. Identify the focal point of the room, such as a fireplace or a large window, and position your furniture around it. Ensure there is enough space between pieces for comfortable movement, and leave some negative space to create a sense of openness and lightness.

Step 6: Access

Step outside the room and assess your room(s) from the entry points. Pay attention to how the space feels as you enter it, and make any necessary adjustments to create a welcoming and visually appealing first impression.

 Step 7: Assess Upcoming Purchases

Now that you’ve completed the makeover using what you already have, you’re in a unique position to truly know if you need to make any purchases, and if so, what they are.

Often, clients want to replace items that don’t need replacing because when we live in a space for a while, our eyes play tricks on us. If you do replace something unnecessarily, nothing may go with the new purchases.

By following this blueprint, you’ll be able to see what can be kept and what needs to be replaced, discarded, or repurposed. When purchasing new items, choose styles that will tie everything together cohesively. Consider getting an hour of extra help, like a virtual design package, to solve your biggest design dilemmas. Prioritize quality pieces designed to mix well with many styles. Remember, if your spaces are missing something, it’s usually scale, texture, or greenery.

How to Get the Most Out of this Blog

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Whether you’re lost when it comes to arranging things in your home or don’t know where to begin, this guide will help. Here’s what I recommend:

– Set aside a weekend for your home makeover.

– Start with Pinterest for inspiration on the looks you’re after.

– Don’t skip the undecorating step. It helps you see things objectively.

– Take your time and step back to assess your work.

– Don’t have friends or family help, as they may confuse you and make you unsure.

– Put on some nice music, like the type you hear in your favorite design store.

You could get extra help with a virtual session to guide you on what to keep, discard, and how to pull everything together. However, I believe in getting started yourself by first assessing what you have and love.

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