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How to Successfully Plan & Finish Your Interior Design Project During the Holidays

How to Successfully Plan & Finish Your Interior Design Project During the Holidays

When decor inspiration hits, it’s easy to get carried away and jump straight into swatching paint and adopting design trends. The trouble is, if your interior design project isn’t planned and timed correctly, busy lives and shifting priorities can alter your commitment to a project.

How to Successfully Plan & Finish Your Interior Design Project During the Holidays

This is why saving home projects for the holidays can be a great idea! Not only are you already looking for activities to do indoors, but also the slower pace of winter gives you plenty of time to reflect back on the interior design trends you’ve enjoyed throughout the year so you can make them work for your home.

Embracing change in your home at the end of the year can also be a great way to prepare for the year ahead. This is the perfect time of year to introduce something new into your home for 2023.

That said, even the best timed interior design projects still struggle to reach completion without the right preparation in place. So, let’s discuss what you can do to get even the most challenging projects over the line.

1. Question why your home interior design isn’t working

Even as interior designers, it can be difficult to maintain momentum on projects we don’t feel connected to from the start. This is why if you’re struggling to finish an interior design project, or even get started, it’s important to question what’s not working in your current design and build from there.

In going back to basics, you’ll have a better understanding of your design objectives—making your home projects for the holidays a lot less stressful!

How to Successfully Plan & Finish Your Interior Design Project During the Holidays

Our home interior designers suggest asking yourself:

  • What’s driving my need for change and what are my end goals?
  • What am I specifically not happy about in my space?
  • Will the changes I have in mind improve these feelings?
  • Am I considering functionality as well as aesthetics?

Truly successful interior design will also require asking yourself more specific questions. For example, if you’re changing the color of a room, question why you don’t like the current color and apply your reasoning to your new choice of paint. This will help ensure that the new color is actually one you’ll be happy with (instead of just one that’s different!).

The same goes for furniture choices. Is your current kitchen table collecting dust and clutter because you don’t like the style of it, or because it’s too small to fit every member of the family comfortably? 

Questions like this will help you avoid making the same mistake twice!

2. Be realistic about your interior design vision

It’s always important to spend time envisioning how your room will look once your renovations have been completed… and to be realistic about it!

To do this:

  • Picture how you and your family will use the room daily (it’s especially important to consider who is going to be spending the most time there)
  • Make notes about how often the room is going to be used (this can really help with design choices such as fabric color/durability)
  • Consider the practicalities of the space, e.g., if children will be using the room, have you considered storage for toys and games? 
  • Is your project a “quick fix” or will this design need to last for several years?

Without taking the time to fully visualize how your design will work in practice, pinpointing what needs to be added or removed will always be a challenge. As our interior design team knows, the best way to get your design right is to put in the groundwork before picking up those paint samples. 

So, when your home starts to feel like more of a sanctuary during the winter months, use this time to observe how your rooms are used before going any further with a new design.

3. Involve the family or ask for professional design advice

How to Successfully Plan & Finish Your Interior Design Project During the Holidays

Having one person in charge of any design project is important for ensuring order is maintained and your project stays on track. However, this doesn’t mean that outside input can’t be helpful! 

Especially if you’re renovating a family home, remember that your home is a shared space and other people’s opinions also matter. Asking for input sooner rather than later is a great way to get your design off to a good start and avoid negativity creeping in later.

Additionally, knowing when to ask for design feedback from a professional interior designer can ensure your design plan doesn’t spiral out of control. 

With the right help, you can get your design underway and completed faster than expected. After all, many hands make light work! 

Tip: For bedroom interior design in particular, what everyone needs for a comfortable and peaceful night’s sleep will vary. When asking for design advice from others, you might just find some decor inspiration you’ve never thought about before!

4. Size and details are a key part of successful interior design

When it comes to planning an interior design project, knowing the measurements of the room you will be redesigning is essential for speeding up the design process in the long run.

Size and details are a key part of successful interior design

While it can be tempting to take a chance on home furniture design and shelving you like the look of—but if these pieces don’t fit your room, your entire design could be derailed.

This is why before adding anything new to your design, always:

  • Measure the walls and furniture that will carry over to your new design
  • Know where the electrical plugs and light switches are located
  • Take note of the ergonomics of your space (kitchen and home office ergonomics are particularly important!) 
  • Be realistic about the areas of a room where you can place large furniture, e.g. wardrobes and bed
  • Consider the ceiling height and any sloped areas

Tip: Simple things such as changing the direction of a door can completely alter a design halfway through. This is why nailing down these details early will help keep your interior design project on schedule and within budget, especially if you’re working with professionals!

5. Make a visual (or have a professional interior designer do it!)

Making a visual floor plan for the room you’re redesigning will help you place furniture and optimize your space more effectively. A space needs to be functional as well as visually-pleasing so ironing out any design flaws ahead of time will help streamline your project. 

Even though researching design ideas using Pinterest, magazines, and blogs is a great idea for building up a picture of your design, all good interior designers will tell you that design projects need to be flexible.

This is why it’s good to keep in mind that an exact design you see online might take some work to adapt to your space. This is why creating a visual that’s unique to your space is so important.

6. Determine just how drastic you want your changes to be

How to Successfully Plan & Finish Your Interior Design Project During the Holidays

During the holiday season, larger home renovations won’t be for everyone. In this case, it might be a good idea to test the waters with some straightforward design changes you know you can achieve in a short period of time.

For example, some of our favorite (and simple!) holiday interior design ideas include:

1. Using more greenery in your home

The addition of greenery can completely change the look of a room. During winter, one of our favorite ideas is to incorporate real holly and ivy into your table centerpieces, or even around your mantel. The more the merrier… literally!

Magnolia leaves and eucalyptus also make great winter additions to your home. They even look attractive among artificial or dried flowers to give a great variation of texture and color.

2. Giving your room a new central focus

During winter, we’re all guilty of making the TV a focus of our room. Especially if your room lacks a fireplace, the TV often becomes a room’s central hub. However, good design can sometimes be about experimentation, so why not try mixing things up? 

If you don’t have a real fireplace, it’s possible to create the same cozy effect of a fireplace by grouping different sizes of pillar candles together. This can be done using a large plate or dish suitable for candles.

Indoor lanterns and tea lights are another great option for winter—small changes with a big impact!

3. Adding cozy details at every opportunity

Think cozy vibes can only be applied to seating areas or bedroom interior design? Think again! 

Cozy details can be added to almost any design, in any room. Whether it’s staging your kitchen bookshelves to include more winter appropriate or hygge style recipe books, or adding some warmer artwork to your hallway—a cozy home is all about the details.

How Sesshu Design Associates can help:

If you have some bigger projects in mind and need some help or inspiration, Sesshu Design Associates provide professional interior design consultations tailored to you. As Arizona’s premier wellness interior design firm, we take a holistic approach to your home’s interior design. 

From new constructions and remodels to furniture and decor, we create homes you’ll never want to leave.

Want to know more? Just schedule your Design Discovery Review today!

You can have the beautiful and luxurious eco-friendly interior you deserve.

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