Five Tips to start a decorating project

Do you ever get so overwhelmed with the notion of a decorating project that you don’t know where to start? Or maybe you are afraid to start? Or maybe you find yourself wheel spinning and just not able to make any progress.

When a novelist can’t put words on paper, we all know it is called writer’s block. “Creative blocks” relating to other fields are less recognized. However, anytime you are doing something creative, you can experience a block. For example, in art school, I had a teacher who always said, “don’t let the blank canvas scare you, just throw some paint on it so that you don’t have all that white staring at you.” She knew that the blank canvas could be paralyzing and result in a creative block.

Let me reassure you that this is normal for any creative process, even decorating a room. The four blank walls just like the blank canvas can stop you dead in your tracks.

If you find yourself in this situation, here are some tips for getting those creative juices flowing.

1- Focus on just one room at a time. If you are trying to do a whole house at once, that can be overwhelming in itself.

2- Think of the space and list all the functions you would like the room to have. How will the room be used?

3- Collect ideas and inspiration photos. Pinterest and Google are great resources to scour through tons of photos to get a feeling for what you like.

4- Start by finding one element for the room that you love. Use this piece as a jumping-off point. This one element may be an area rug, painting, bedding, fabric, wallpaper, or furniture.

5- Make a shopping list of all things that you will need.

The artwork was the jumping off point for the colors used in this room.

I hope these tips help you get started with your project. Remember, it is a process. Rome was not built in a day!

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