When starting to create a scheme for a room, there are many questions an Interior Designer will ask their client to find out:
- Client's personality - their taste, their likes & dislikes
- Personality of the home - age / period details
- Light - is the room north / south facing
- Use of room - the atmosphere you wish to create - bright & airy / snug & cosy
- Who will use the room and how - it's functionality.
- What is the focal point in the room? This can be a large picture window, a fireplace, an alcove? What do you like best and would wish to emphasise?
- Will the scheme have a traditional / classical / contemporary feel?
- Existing furnishings & furniture - what will stay and what will go? How will this influence the rest of the room and colours / textures that can be used? Consider colour & texture, both on wall coverings and fabrics.
- Generally, it can be simplest to start with combining different shades of the same colour and then introducing a contrasting accent colour to give life and added interest to the scheme.
- Consider which colours are in the room already - introducing new, different colours which either blend with or completely contrast with these existing colours may change the feel and look of the room completely.
- Colour - cool colours can be very calming and can work well in rooms which are bright and sunny. By contrast, warm colours can brighten up a cold or dark room.
- If there is going to be a more dominant area within the room, it can be easiest to choose this first. Consider whether this is to be a feature wall with a wow factor wallpaper, or your curtains if you have large windows, or your upholstery if the room will be filled with several sofas / chairs. Coordinating / contrasting textures, colours and patterns can then be chosen around this.
- If choosing a strong or striking pattern, see if the fabric company in question has used this in any promotional room set photographs, as this will give you a better idea as to how it will look in a larger piece and 'made up'.
- Obtain the largest piece of fabric you can and pin this to your existing curtains - you may wish to purchase a one metre length to give you a better idea as to how this fabric works in terms of the colour and pattern on a larger scale - you can still use this later for cushions.
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