Create a Storyboard Book for Decorating Your Home Create a Storyboard Book for Decorating Your Home

Everyone who has ever owned their own home dreams of how they want it to look. Get a handle on how you want your living space to look and how to actually achieve the look of your dreams by creating a storyboard book. A storyboard begins the journey to decorating the interior of your home just the way you've always wanted it to be.

A storyboard isn't just a large hinged board used by interior decorators to show clients their ideas of what would look great in a specific home. A personal storyboard brings together all the elements of design, plus the practical how-to's and costs involved in attaining the interior you crave. Whether it's for one room or an entire home, begin pulling together storyboard that will move you along the path to what you really want.

You'll need a three-ring binder with front and back pockets to hold brochures and small product catalogs, copy paper, graph paper, and plastic sleeves to keep all your dreams, ideas, and information together. Label the binder and keep it handy. Also begin carrying a small purse size notebook and a pen with you whereever you go. You never know what might inspire you. You could be on vacation and see the most amazing sunset in colors you've always dreamed of using in your bedroom. Take a quick photo and jot down a quick description in your notebook. You'll also need a ruler for making straight edges and graph paper for drawing each room.

It's time to get started on building your portfolio of possible dreams. First, define your style. On a piece of paper write down the following questions and then answer them honestly. This exercise will help you come up with exactly what your style is at this time in your life.

Questions to Ask Yourself:
  1. Who lives in your house? Are you single? A young couple just starting out? A family of four or more? Retired?
  2. Do you have pets? If so, what kind?
  3. How large is your home? How many bedrooms? How many bathrooms? Is there a basement? A garage?
  4. Do you entertain? Do you enjoy cooking or do you prefer to have dinners catered? Are you more of a buffet style or sit down dinner entertainer? Do you do both depending on the occasion? Do you entertain for the fun of it or is it a necessity to promote good business relationships? Will the little league baseball team be having pizza parties in your family room?
  5. Do you often have overnight guests?
  6. Explain how each room in your home is used. If cooking is an avid hobby, for example, the kitchen is used a lot and will be a high priority.
  7. How much will you spend on interior decorating? Be honest by making a list of needs and assigning an approximate cost. Break down the budget room by room if the entire house will be redecorated.
  8. How soon do you want your home to be decorated in the style that you dream of? Be realistic on this question. If lack of money will not allow an entire home to be decorated, break it down by room or even by task. By creating a timeline you'll move forward regardless of if it's in baby steps or giant leaps.
  9. Make a list of adjectives that you would like used when others speak of your home. For example, elegant and sophisticated? Edgy and minimalist? Comfortable and casual?

Once you've answered all the questions, you will be able to pinpoint your design preferences. By knowing exactly which style you fit into, you'll not bother looking at periodicals that pertain to metal and glass contemporary if you're after a coastal, beachy look. In bold letters, write your style at the top and slip the questions and answer page into a sleeve, making it the first page of your storyboard book.

The next step requires that you sketch each room that you want to decorate on graph paper. Measure the room, including doorways, windows, and architectural elements such as fireplaces, columns, or built-in bookcases. Draw the room on the paper as accurately as possible. When you're finished, slide the page into a plastic sleeve and go on to the next room. Each sketch denotes a chapter in your storyboard. You'll add pages of ideas, pictures, and plans that pertain to the appropriate room after each sketch.

Decorating magazines and catalogs provide great ideas for those looking to change the interior of their homes. As you're perusing the latest issue of a decorating magazine, cut out the pictures of any rooms or projects that catch your eye or inspire you. This includes project directions and products that you may want to take a closer look at. As you cut them out, place them into the sleeves. It's very easy to get carried away with so many ideas from magazines, so make certain the look knocks your socks off and stays within the parameters of your budget and design style.

One page should tell your color story. Going back to the beautiful sunset, once you have the photograph in hand, try to match it up with available paints. Once you've found the perfect colors, glue them to a new page. You can use the paint swatch to assist in choosing the right fabrics in the right colors. If purchasing upholstered furniture is part of the decorating scheme, insist on swatches before making the purchase. Add the fabric swatches of window treatments, paints, carpeting, and upholstery to the page. Look at the page as one room. Live with it for awhile.

The whole idea behind the storyboard book is to get you moving in a forward direction toward getting the decorating schemes you've always dreamed of put into place. The storyboard allows you to live with the look before actually implementing it. It reduces the possibility of making decorating mistakes by having a tangible idea of what the room will look like before you actually begin decorating. Have fun, be creative, and start by telling the story of your dream home in a storyboard book.

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