Daunted by a bit of interior design? There’s no need to be. All that’s required is a bit of creativity and preparation, and you can transform a room in a day.
Sounds a tall order but interior designer Charlotte Pearson certainly is convincing in this new video from HSBC remortgages and the Huffington Post’s Property pages.
Even if DIY isn’t your thing, you can make simple transformations to any room. All it takes, says Charlotte, is a bit of preparation.
First, work about what you want your room to be like. For this you need a mood board. It doesn’t have to be a board, it can be a collection of images, colours, fabrics, anything, that inspire you and what you want the room to be like. Admittedly, creating this could take more than a day, in which case, enjoy the process. A little creative planning at the beginning can save loads of time in the end, and help avoid any hiccups along the way.
From your mood board you’ll get some idea of colour. Charlotte has a great way of explaining the best use of the colours you choose – it’s the 60:30:10 ratio. Think of the 60 as the walls, the 30 as the skirting, and the 10 as a funky colour accent. She explains it with cuddly toys in the film.
Because the most neglected room is probably the littlest room, you may need to create the illusion of space. For that you need to draw the eye up. Put something on the ceiling or hanging from the ceiling that’s a feature to automatically draw the eye up and create that illusion of space.
And for mood and atmosphere, think lighting. Consider a variety of subtle lighting sources from the floor to the ceiling with floor washers, uplighters, table lamps, floor lamps and so on.
Finally, don’t forget the finishing touches. Use what you already have creatively and in a different way to add your personality to the room. It makes all the difference.
So, with a little preparation, you can transform your room in a day says Charlotte. Watch the video and see how she does it and be inspired by her enthusiasm.