Home Decor: Designing the Spare Room

Planning and implementing the decor for a spare room can be a daunting task. These tips will help ease some of the more inevitable decor dilemmas.

Designing a room involves consideration of the surrounding rooms’ decor and style preferences of individuals living in and decorating the said room. Colour schemes, patterns, furniture styles, and the main uses of the room are all up to the needs and wants of the designer. Accurately fulfilling all these aspects within a time and/or budget limit can cause stressful situations. Answer these questions ahead of time to alleviate some designing tension.

Who is the room for? One of the most important preliminary design issues concerns the person(s) who will be using the room the most often. If the room is for a child, the themes and furniture will be completely different than if the room is for guests or for an office space.

What is my budget? Before picking out furniture or looking at colour palettes, it is a good idea to set out a basic budget for the renovations. This number can vary depending on the resources available but will help to pinpoint the type of stores and magazines to consult.

What is the theme? When it has been established who will be in the room and how much can be spent on it, the next step is to pick a theme for the room. Themes can be anything from a movie to a style (Modern or Victorian). Looking through design magazines, websites, and stores–along with other peoples’ houses–can help shape the room’s theme.

What is the Colour Scheme?

The theme of a room, depending on what it is, can be represented in many ways. Choosing a colour scheme can make or break a room, so it is important to choose wisely. When deciding on a colour scheme, one must take several issues into consideration:

  • Colours the user of the room likes and dislikes (narrows down the possibilities dramatically)
  • Colours that are common for the chosen theme (look at magazines and websites)
  • Colours that complement one another (for example, pink and white or green and brown)
  • Colours that evoke certain moods (red = passion, yellow = warmth, blue = creativity)
  • Colours that are easy to be around for long periods of time (bold colours are best as accents)

Consulting design magazines, paint stores, and the people using the room will determine the options of the right colour palette(s) for the room.

What Furniture is Right?

Furniture must be complementary to the three categories previously mentioned. Although some types of furniture can be mixed and matched like the products on this site, or renovated to fit in with a new room’s design, the need for new pieces is almost inevitable in any room. The room’s function must be the deciding factor on furniture, especially if designing for a small child. Children have many impressive ideas about what they want in a room, but what they want may not be what is practical.

As for different room types, keep the furniture within the same style categories as the other rooms to maintain a pulled together look throughout the house. Picking out furniture requires a lot of deliberation. It is unwise to impulsively buy any piece of furniture, especially ones that people will be sitting or sleeping on. Trying out different styles at many stores is vital to finding out which brand, style, and comfort fits best.

Ultimately, the effort that goes into designing a room is directly correlated to the quality of the room. Rooms can be designed quickly but fashionably depending on the type of room it is supposed to be. However, if corners are cut and cheap materials are used, it will be noticed by all. Taking the time to follow the above steps and thoroughly choose each theme, colour, and piece should result in a room that everyone will be wowed by.