When it comes to decorating and interior design the room layout is an important consideration, it has a great impact on how the room works and feels. Achieving the right layout directly impacts how comfortable, convenient, and esthetically pleasing a room is.
This is the reason why I decided to talk to you about one of the main points, and often overlooked points, when putting together any room and that is creating a room layout.
You must probably be think: “but wait I’m no architect”
But creating a room layout when you are just starting to go through the ideas you have for your space and what you want to achieve and actually playing and figuring out different options for your space can really maximize the use you get out of the space.
I’m all about REAL HOMES here.
In order to create your room layout, you should take the measurements of all the walls and draw a basic layout, this will be the drawing board were we’ll figure out the right room layout for us and how we can create a room that truly flows, works, and feels the way we intended it to.
You can grab my PROJECT PLANNING WORKBOOK to guide you on what you should be measuring as well as see the other key steps in planning your next project.
Once you have your drawing I recommend you take measurements of the pieces you are planning to keep and also note the measurements of new pieces you want to incorporate or new areas.
Let’s say that we are working on room layout options for your family room, the main use you want to get out of it is sitting area for watching TV for the whole family, this is initially.
I recommend you go through a process of sitting down and analyzing what you NEED to get out of the space and what you WANT to get out of the space.
This is a key step in this process because this step has an impact on all aspects of your project, I explain more about defining your Wants vs. Needs in my PROJECT PLANNING WORKBOOK.
This analysis is your own, and it should adjust to YOUR lifestyle.
I really can’t stress this enough.
It doesn’t matter if the latest trend you are seeing on Pinterest are all white rooms. Will it work for you or your lifestyle? You need to ask yourself this question for most of the trends you see. You get my point.
You can grab my PROJECT PLANNING WORKBOOK to guide you on the steps you should be taking before your next decorating project.
Now that you have the breakdown of your needs and wants we start playing around with the furniture placement and flow of your space.
When you do this step you really open yourself to all of the possibilities, and even see things that you weren’t aware of.
Maybe you had furniture that is too bulky and that’s why you are only able to fit certain things in your space.
You definitely need more seating area, or need a designated work area.
Your kids do homework better in a table together rather than on individual desks.
All these things can come up and should be incorporated when playing around with the design that you want to achieve in your space.
Look at all the layout options we can put together for a family room.
The image speaks for itself: we are able to incorporate new areas, create new ways for the room to work, modify the seating arrangement, add or remove storage, etc.
Make sure to do this exercise when thinking of tackling your next project and don’t forget to grab my PROJECT PLANNING WORKBOOK and the worksheets included to go through the crucial steps that help ensure the results you desire from your project.