Beginner's Guide to Interior Design - Chapter 6: Create a Design Plan

BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO INTERIOR DESIGN


CHAPTER 6 - CREATE A DESIGN PLAN


We came to the final chapter of this guide. This chapter gathers all what we learned in the guide and transform it into a practical design plan. Before you start your design plan, we suggest to go over briefly on the previous chapters of this guide to recall or better understand each and every chapter subject. 

1. CHOOSE YOUR DESIGN STYLE AND ELEMENTS

CHOOSE YOUR DESIGN STYLE

Decide what design style you would like to go for with the design of your space. Although you should primarily aim to the design style that you like the most, additional factors are also need to take in consideration when choosing your design style. For example, choosing Industrial style and trying to incorporate it on a brand new apartment will probably lose most of the style features like brick walls, exposed pipes and rusted wood. Another example is trying to incorporate Minimalist style on a small space room.  So choose what you like most, but make sure it can go with the current space you have.

CHOOSE YOUR ELEMENTS

In some cases choosing the design style will get you all set up on the specific elements you should use in the design of your room. While other styles will give you more flexibility and allow you choose between different color schemes and color combinations, textures, patterns and all other elements.

At this stage, you’ll need to decide on every element you will incorporate in your design. If it will help you stay more organized, you can make a table and write your choice for each of the elements.

GET DESIGN IDEAS

Now that your mind is set on the design style and it’s elements, it’s best to start looking on other designed spaces to get ideas and inspiration for the design of your room. There are many sources where you could find photos and images of specific design of interiors that can give you ideas for the design of your own space. For example, let’s say you would like to design your living room in a Nautical style. Searching on Google for “ Nautical design living room” will help you find many sources of photos and images that can help you get a better on your own design.

With this app you can create and check different color schemes with different colors in seconds. It allows you to get the exact color shade for the combination you want. You can also upload a photo of a design that you like and the app will extract the color scheme of this design.

2. PRODUCT HUNTING

So you’re all done with choosing the elements and style of your design. Now starts the fun part, Product Hunting! Start looking for products that you would like to use for your design. With product Hunting the more is the merrier, meaning that you should save any product found, liked and fits to the design you chose. Eventually, you will probably incorporate only a small portion of the products you saved, the purpose is to have more options to your design plan. Saving a large collection of products will allow you to try different combinations of objects and compare between them, eventually choosing the combination that you liked most. 

At Mathew’z, you can browse products by design style, category, room and brand. You can filter products by their materials, colors, size, and price. Using our  Design Notebook, you can easily save products in your account and compare between them to find the best combination that fits according to style, size and price. 


browse products

Mathew'z Design Notebook © allows you to save products you liked and create different lists to categorize them by rooms, product and priority. Also, you can add note to every product you save and therefore have a reminder for yourself why you chose to save this product.   You can save products to your Notebook by simply clicking on the         in the product page. You can access your Design Notebook at any time in your account. 

3. MEASURE, SKETCH AND ARRANGE

The last step is to create a sketch and plan the arrangement of the objects in the room you design. Creating a sketch and arrangement will ensure that first you use products and objects that are in scale and proportion to your room. Also, it will assist you to create a practical design plan and avoid any design mistakes, like for example placing an object that will interfere when trying to open a door or window in the room. This step should collaborate together with Product Hunting, so that you could choose the product combinations that also will fit to the scale of the room.

MEASURE

Measuring the dimensions and area of your can be done in 2 ways - 

A good ol' Tape Measure

Measure and list the width of each wall from one point to the other.

RoomScan Pro

If you have smartphone using iOS, this app can make it easy for you to measure your room. This app allows you to create an outline of your room by simply tapping the phone on each wall in the room. It’s super easy and within seconds you could get your room dimensions and square footage. Download it here.


SKETCH

Now that you know your room dimensions, you can go ahead and create a sketch and arrangement plan. There are many services online that can help you create a sketch. I would recommend the following service:

Smartdraw is very intuitive and allows you to easily create a sketch of your room in few minutes, add windows, doors and shapes that for you are translated to furniture objects. SmartDraw account had a 7 days free trial, which should be sufficient enough to complete the sketch and arrangement plan. Click here to visit to Smartdraw website.

ARRANGEMENT PLAN

When you’re done creating the sketch, you can start with the Arrangement Plan. The idea of the arrangement plan is to create shapes and forms in the sketch with the dimensions of the products. For example, let’s say that you design a living room and you chose in the Product Hunting stage a set of 2 sofas and coffee table. Create shapes with the dimensions that are similar to those products and start arranging them in the sketch. Play with them, try different positions and locations in the room. This will give an idea about the proportion of the products you chose to the scale of the room, as well as how much empty space you have. If you see a combination of products might not fit to the scale of the room or might not be in proportion between them, then choose other products you saved in the Design Notebook.

Stick to the principals

Keep in mind when moving and positioning objects with the Principles of Design. Consider Balance, Rhythm, Unity, Variety and Focal point when planning your arrangement of objects.


Be practical

Make sure that the arrangement of object is also practical. For example, positioning of a floor lamp or television should be next to electrical outlet and therefore limit the places you could position those type of objects in the room.



CONGRATULATIONS! YOUR DESIGN PLAN IS READY. NOW LET'S PUT IT INTO ACTION .

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