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How to Plan an Interiors Project – 7 Easy Steps to Transform Your Home

As many of us are spending more time at home, we’re looking at how we use our interior space.

With the demands of family life, working from home, entertaining and socialising, it is more important than ever to make sure our interiors make us feel ‘at home’. To enjoy the space around us. To feel calm and relaxed when we want, to be energized and positive about our surroundings.

How to Plan an Interiors Project - 7 Easy Steps to Transform Your Home

What are the steps to success in creating a successful interiors project?

Firstly, consider what it is you want to achieve in your home.

Do you want more space, crave a new layout, you’d welcome a more updated style or do you want to introduce a new colour scheme?

How to Plan an Interiors Project - 7 Easy Steps to Transform Your Home

Who is using the space?

Simply thinking about how you want the space to be used, for whom and when, is the best way to start planning.

Don’t assume you need more space! By planning what you actually need your space to do, may mean you can give your home a new look and feel by creating a new layout. De-clutter, add storage or change the function of a room can completely transform how you use your whole home.

How to Plan an Interiors Project - 7 Easy Steps to Transform Your Home

Planning is Key

Here at My Interior Design School we teach our students the skills to plan projects to a professional standard. Joining us as complete beginners, we give them all the guidance, support and online tuition to understand and practice the key elements of interior design.

If you’re planning your own home transformation here are 7 Easy Steps to Transform Your Home.

Step 1

Survey Your Room

Measure accurately (survey) your room and draw a scaled floor plan so you have an accurate plan to work to.

How to Plan an Interiors Project - 7 Easy Steps to Transform Your Home
A student’s floor plan for a loft space

Step 2

Furniture Layout

Draw any existing or proposed furniture to scale and put onto your scaled floorplan.

This is a great way to understand the size of your room and to avoid any costly mistakes of buying new items that may not fit the space.

How to Plan an Interiors Project - 7 Easy Steps to Transform Your Home
A student floorplan showing furniture in a home-based office

Step 3

Layers of Light

Now is the time to plan your lighting. A great lighting scheme can transform a room.

Aim to add layers of light, creating pools for ambiance, task lighting for any jobs and display lighting to highlight your room’s best features, fabulous artwork or accessories.

How to Plan an Interiors Project - 7 Easy Steps to Transform Your Home
A student’s lighting collage

Step 4

Successful Styling

Think about the style or décor throughout your home. Does it flow and have a continuous style throughout? 

Choosing a ‘look’ or signature style will bring a cohesive and curated look to your interior space.

Don’t forget the ‘view’ from each room to the next, to pull any look together.

How to Plan an Interiors Project - 7 Easy Steps to Transform Your Home
What style will you choose for your home?

Step 5

Fabulous Flooring

As flooring literally underpins the design of your home, it is important to choose your flooring early in the planning of your project.

You could consider harder flooring options in areas such as kitchens, hallways and bathrooms and softer carpet in bedrooms and living spaces.

How to Plan an Interiors Project - 7 Easy Steps to Transform Your Home
This student chose a neutral carpet for this elegant living room scheme

Step 6

Colour Confidence

Planning a colour scheme for your home can often feel daunting. There are so many choices out there, the whole process can feel overwhelming. Where do you start?  What colours go together? How do I make a room feel calm or energising?

Consider creating a colour mood board to experiment with any samples or swatches to see how your proposed colours look together.

How to Plan an Interiors Project - 7 Easy Steps to Transform Your Home
A bold colour combination of orange and green on this student mood board

Step 7

Scheme Board

Here at My Interior Design School, we teach our students how to create professional standard scheme boards.

And we would recommend you have a go too!

The perfect way to see how your proposed design scheme may look is to see it represented on a scheme board.

Have a go at creating your own scheme board with samples of your paint, wallpaper, fabrics, flooring and pictures of furniture.

This is an ideal way to see how your room design will look.

If you are planning new projects in a number of rooms, this is also a great way to see how the rooms designs will flow throughout the home. 

How to Plan an Interiors Project - 7 Easy Steps to Transform Your Home
Yellow accent colour was used by this student to pull her room schemes together

If you’ve enjoyed having a go yourself but would like to learn the key skills of interior design, take a look at our bestseller online interior design course My Professional Interior Design Course.

This 12 month, online Diploma course can be enjoyed from anywhere in the world, is self-paced and flexible, has the support from a personal Tutor and will help you ‘discover the designer’ in you!

To see what you’ll learn and to enrol today, visit the course page here: My Professional Interior Design Course.

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