How to Start the Design Process


A lot of times, the hardest part of the design process is staring at a blank slate.  There are too many options and decisions to be made all at once that it can be overwhelming.  Finding ‘your style’ isn’t always as easy as it sounds, but here are some tips and tricks to help get the process started.

  1. Utilize Pinterest

Pinterest is the best tool to find things that know you already like.  If you’re able to filter by space or function, it’s even better! If needed, start a new board and go through things you’ve already pinned, repining them to your new board, narrowing in on your needs.  This is the best way to get a clearer vision of what you’d like without having to make decisions quite yet, plus it’s a good way to validate all those hours you’ve spent aimlessly scrolling through the site.


  1. Step Back

Now that everything you’re inspired by is all centrally located in a Pinterest board, take a step back from it.  Zoom out the internet browser and get a visual of as many ideas as possible at once.  Look for similarities or overlapping ideas you may have liked in multiple spaces.  Is there a lot of one color, style, or repeating accents? Identifying the repetitive styles will give you a great place to start narrowing in on your plans.


  1. What already exists

Take a minute to wrap your head around what you already own.  This is (clearly) the best way to save money and a lot of times what you already own can be transformed into what you’re looking for now. Compare what you own to your Pinterest boards and see what matches or what could match.  Some paint or new fabric can transform a lot of whats already an option for you – theres always an opportunity to make an old piece fit your new style with some DIY muscle.

  1. Just go

Now you have an idea of what you like, what you have, and where you want your space to go. Now, just do it. Trust your style and try new things – starting is the best place to start.


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