1. Know What You Like

    Sit down and think about your likes and dislikes in interior decorating. Compile a list, out of which will emerge a good idea of what your ‘personal style’ is.

  2. Create A Budget

    Budgeting your interior decorating may not be the fun part of the process but it’s important. Be realistic and as detailed as possible when costing out what you want.

  3. Know the Space

    Take a copy of the floorplan of your new home and mark the key dimensions of every room, where phone and cable outlets are, the directions the windows face, and so on.

  4. Find the Focus

    Each room should have a focal point. If there is one, treat it as such. If there really isn’t one, then create one through some unique interior décor object or style.

  5. Think about Function

    Be practical when considering what the room is and will be used for. Keep that function in mind when you’re decorating or the room won’t work to its full potential.

  6. Find a Theme

    Whether it’s colour, style, form, or pattern, a theme or unifying element is necessary for each room to keep it cohesive and pleasing to the eye. It can be obvious or subtle.

  7. Consider Lighting

    Whether natural or artificial, lighting is a very important part of interior decorating and colour selection. Look at the room at different times of day to see how/if the light changes.

  8. Balance and Scale

    Learn about scale and how to create a sense of balance in a room with the right sized pieces, and dramatic or bold elements. Without it, a room won’t feel quite right.

  9. Consider the Whole House

    A room can look great on its own but not work if it is too different from the rest of the home’s decor. Not everything needs to match but there should be something that ties the room to the rest of the home.

  10. Carry Samples

    When it’s time to begin matching colours, patterns, paint, fabrics and other design elements, it’s important to have samples at hand to get the closest match possible.