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How to Design a Room Like an Interior Designer

31st October 2016

How to Design a Room Like an Interior Designer

Design your room

Last month I popped along to a Cotswold barn to attend an interior design workshop run by Lauren Gilberthorpe. It was an inspiring day and I enjoyed learning about the interior design process from someone in the trade. I also loved chatting with the other attendees about their interior plans. There was such a great mix of people and it was fascinating to exchange stories over lunch as the rain fell on the surrounding Cotswold hills. Today I am sharing some of the things covered during the day.

Thinking process

Before entering into the redesign of a room it’s wise to consider the following things:

1. What is the age and style of the property?
2. What will the room be used for?
3. What items need to be in the room?
4. Who will use the space?
5. Is there anything that doesn’t currently work?

Lauren also suggested taking photographs of the space. This can help us to see things we may not have previously noticed. It’s easy to miss stuff when we’re overfamiliar.

Create a mood board

I was interested to hear that Lauren creates a mood board for every room she designs. She suggested getting a large sheet of paper, a pile of magazines and letting your imagination run wild. Images don’t need to be of homes but anything that inspires you. You’re looking to finish with a sheet of colours, textures and an overall mood for the room. This will be your reference point when making decoration decisions, choosing furniture and so on. I’ve never done this before but it’s certainly something I will do in future.

How to Design a Room Like an Interior Designer

Plan the layout

The next step is to draw a plan of the room and cut out shapes of your furniture. This will enable you to try different layouts. Lauren advised considering the following:

1. Make adequate space for walkways – ideally 90cm.
2. Ensure coffee tables are at least 35cm from the sofa. Always factor in places to put drinks!
3. Arrange furniture so you can easily access doors and drawers.
4. Don’t feel you need to keep all your furniture. Consider letting things go or moving items to other rooms.
5. Think about the seasons. Maybe you need one layout for summer and one for winter?
6. Consider doubles, for example, if you have a large space you could have two smaller coffee tables rather than one large one.
7. Be creative with your furniture. Can items be used as seating when you have a lot of guests?
8. And finally, don’t always fall into the trap of having all your furniture against the walls.

Just to add, I’ve always laid tape or string on the floor before I buy furniture. It’s good to know how big things are before you commit.

How to Design a Room Like an Interior Designer

It was a fascinating day and it motivated me to reorganise my office. I’ve removed the guest bed and replaced it with some drawers to house my equipment. It has made a huge difference to the space.

If you’re interested in a day of interior fun, Lauren is running another workshop on Saturday 14th January 2017. Hosted at the delightful Barn at Upcote with lunch by Siobhan Wolton.

I was invited to attend the Interior Design Workshop by Lauren Gilberthorpe Interiors. All views are my own.

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  • Reply Karen Knox 31st October 2016 at 9:14 am

    Great tips here for someone that might not know where to start. And totally do-able for anyone who is thinking about redesigning a space by themselves. Sounds like it was a great workshop!x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 31st October 2016 at 9:18 am

      Thanks Karen. It was really interesting and it was held in such a gorgeous Cotswold barn. Have a great day!

  • Reply Karen Clough 31st October 2016 at 10:14 am

    Some great tips in there! And admittedly, a few that I’ve never tried. Re-designed my whole house and yet never used a moodboard. Wonder if that’s where I’m going wrong!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 31st October 2016 at 10:21 am

      Thank you. I’m the same. I’m in my third property and it’s something I’ve never thought to do. I think it’s a great idea!

  • Reply Lazy Daisy Jones 31st October 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Interesting tips to consider, thank you for sharing. (looks like I missed a lovely day?)
    Enjoy your week
    best wishes Ashley xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 31st October 2016 at 12:39 pm

      Thanks Ashley. I am so sad you missed it. I hope to catch up soon!

  • Reply Tiff Grant-Riley 31st October 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Really useful tips to help someone new to interior design think about how to make a space work for them – including the string (although I use tape!) Just about to start all over again so it was a good post to jog my memory 🙂

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 31st October 2016 at 6:11 pm

      Thank you Tiff. Good luck with your project and thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Sue 31st October 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Lovely images and useful tips. I guess I do the moodboard thing on Pinterest!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st November 2016 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks Sue. Pinterest is amazing for room inspiration!

  • Reply Anastasia Nicole 31st October 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Great tips. Love the idea of laying string on the floor to get an idea of how your furniture will fit.
    xx | A

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st November 2016 at 12:23 pm

      Thanks so much. Have a lovely week.

  • Reply geraldine 1st November 2016 at 7:51 am

    Some great tips there. Thanks for sharing Natasha. x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st November 2016 at 12:24 pm

      Thanks Geraldine for your kind comment.

  • Reply freshdesignblog 1st November 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Love your tips – the layout and ensuring things will actually fit are so important.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st November 2016 at 1:40 pm

      Exactly, oversized furniture can make a room feel so cluttered.

  • Reply fashionforlunch 1st November 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Such a beautiful post and such simple clever ideas
    Thank you xxxxxxx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st November 2016 at 3:26 pm

      Thank you so much!

  • Reply Mimazine 3rd November 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Love this post! Would have never thought of doing a mood board, such a great simple idea! xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 4th November 2016 at 10:13 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great weekend.

  • Reply Lennon John 30th November 2016 at 3:40 am

    Excellent post. Nice layout to start designing a room like a professional interior designer. Definitely going to try these awesome tips to design my room.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 30th November 2016 at 8:55 am

      Thank you for your kind comment. Have a great day!

  • Reply floory 6th March 2017 at 10:26 am

    Very useful tips for the new comer in interior just like me.Thank you for sharing and giving a guidance.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 20th March 2017 at 10:38 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply lily 4th April 2017 at 11:42 am

    Oh really nice to see the some beautiful ideas for the designing a dressing room.Excellent post

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 12th April 2017 at 10:01 am

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’re having a great week!

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