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Design Boards for Your Home

If you've ever decorated a room but were disappointed with the results, you're not alone. It can feel like a significant waste of time and money - something you understandably don't want to experience again.


A simple method to combat this is to create a design board which most interior designers use for inspiration. These can organize decorative ideas before bringing them to reality. Don't worry - you don't need to be an interior designer to do so! With apps like Pinterest and Canva, you can begin organizing design concepts easily.


Getting Started
I like to start with asking myself the following questions:
What do I like or dislike about the room?
How do I want to use the space?
How do I want the space to feel?
What is my budget?

If there are pieces in the space that you want to keep, note which ones are staying. Doing so will help you build around existing items and retained items are used for focusing design ideas.


Inspiration Photos
Begin hunting for inspiration. You can do this with ads, social media, Pinterest, Google images, or shopping sites. Use photos that show the piece alone and not staged. White or transparent backgrounds are best! Consider every detail you want changed in your space and find a photo to represent it.

Make notes about what, specifically, you like about each image. This could be anything: artwork, rugs, fabrics, furniture, lighting, or color schemes. You'll start to recognize common themes. Keep these written down! If there are original pieces of furniture or art in the room that you're keeping, find the same, or similar, item(s) online to incorporate into your board.


Making Your Board
Canva and Pinterest are free apps to utilize for this step. To see items cohesively, use Canva's blank canvas. Insert photos from the user library and reposition items around the canvas to understand how a room will look. You can also crop specific items into a photo of the room you are decorating to better see what it would look like. Keeping things to scale is important as this will give the best visual representation.

If you feel stuck as you're designing, play with variations. Not all your pieces may work together. Rearranging allows you to see what really stands out or doesn't fit.


Save & Print!
Once you have your boards complete, print them out and tape on the wall in the room you're transforming. For best results, wait a few days before making any final decisions. If you go out shopping for pieces, bring your design board or notes with you to make sure you get what you like best.

Get creative! Try patterns you never considered or paint colors that are daring. Play with style and themes while mismatching them for a new, innovative look. Most importantly, have fun - this is all about transforming a room into one you and your family will enjoy and love for years to come!