Putting together a house isn’t the same thing as putting together a home. The decisions that you make when designing a room will affect which of these outcomes you get. If you’re going to play a significant role in assembling your house, then you’ll need to be sufficiently prepared for it. That’s why we’re here to help.

While you can get someone else to build and design your home, you’ll still need to be able to get exactly what you want. That means you’ll want to play a part in the process so you’ll be more likely to be satisfied. You’ll also have to put more work into your home so that everything turns out like you want it to.

You’ll need to consider some major decisions before even getting started designing a room. Here are some of the most essential of those decisions. After learning this, even our readers can be prepared to build a room themselves.

Room Layout

The first thing to look at when you’re designing your room is the projected layout. Then, you’ll want to spend plenty of time poring over it to get the best results. The best course of action is to draw up a blueprint of the room. Draw it to scale so that you can get an idea of what it will be like to live in it.

One of the most important things to consider when laying out your room is the size. This will determine whether or not you’ll have enough space to move around it comfortably. Make sure that there is plenty of clearance between the various pieces of furniture. It’s a hassle when you end up getting between them.

Also, consider where you want to place each of the pieces so that you can get between them as efficiently as possible. For example, you’ll want to keep the dresser within easy reach of the bed. This means you can get to your clothes in the morning without having to take the long way around.


The colors that you use when putting together a room will significantly affect the end results. With that being said, you’ll want to put a lot of thought into determining the best ones. Take a look at the walls of your room and carefully consider what would look best on them. Also, consider how they would complement other parts of the room.

You may be tempted to opt for a bright, bold color on the walls of your room. However, this will typically clash with elements of the design, so you may want to stay with a neutral one. If you need to have a color, you’ll usually want to go with a brighter one that is still relatively muted.

When picking colors that will go together, you’ll want to make sure that they’re complimentary.  You can do this by taking a look at a color wheel. Complimentary colors will either be across from each other or next to each other on the color wheel. This will tell you what works best together.

Who Is the Room For

When you’re designing a room, you’ll also have to take the occupant into account. They’re the one that’s going to be spending a lot of their time in it. Make sure that you thoroughly discuss what the occupant of the room likes. When you do this, you can be sure to design the room according to what they think looks good.

For example, you can make the best looking modern room in the world. However, if the person that it’s for prefers a rustic aesthetic, then you just wasted your effort. This is why it’s essential not to specialize in specific styles. You’ll need to be versatile enough to work with different types of designs when decorating a house.

If you’re designing a room for yourself, don’t be afraid to implement a little bit of what you like into it. That means even if the things that you like isn’t something that you frequently see in design catalogs. The most important thing is being comfortable with the room that you have created for yourself.

Picking the Right Materials

Assembling a room correctly also requires you to choose the right materials. Also, the decision that you make will be based on your budget and your preferences. Of course, the kind of materials that you incorporate into the room design will also depend on the type of style that you’re going for in the first place.

A rustic room design will typically feature more wood in its construction. While one which is built to modern standards may have stone or other sleek building materials selected. Keep in mind that the availability of materials will depend on where you’re located and how much you’re willing to spend for them.

If you have an unlimited budget, then you’ll be able to get your hands on nearly anything so that you can design your house. Yet, most of us are limited. Sometimes, you may want to compromise on the materials that you’re building with to save some money throughout the process.

Choose a Style and Stick to It

The last thing that you want to do when you’re designing a house is to flip flop between different styles. If you do, you will make things look like they’re disjointed. When creating a room, the first thing that you’ll have to choose is the overarching style. This will make it easier to keep things as consistent as possible.

If you end up deciding on a more traditional look, and you’ve installed a fireplace, wood walls, and everything else you’ll need, you won’t want to put a modern sofa in the room. Even smaller things like the color of the paint can be more fitting for a certain style. This means everything needs to mesh perfectly.

This is why you should always have an image of what you want the room to eventually look like in your mind. This will make it easier to figure out if something won’t fit into the overall design or clash with the other elements. You can rectify the issue before you commit to it.

The Importance of Light

man looking out windowLight is one of the most essential things when designing a room. However, far too many designers fail to account for it, making the final result look depressing. Natural light is one of the most crucial things that you can implement in a room. Also, you’ll have to pay attention to the artificial light sources.

Make sure that the windows are correctly positioned. By doing this, they can take full advantage of the sunlight at different times of the day. You’ll also want to ensure that you’ve placed the lamps around the room so that they shine light evenly when there is no sunlight coming from the exterior.

Also, consider how you’re going to prevent light from coming into the room in the first place. Blackout curtains are typically the best option. They will allow you to stop the sunlight from getting in when you’re trying to rest during the daytime. They’re worth the investment.

Working With a Designer vs. Design Yourself

When you start designing a room, the first decision that you’ll have to make is whether or not you’ll have a designer involved in the process. There are pros and cons involved in choosing whether or not you work with one of them. The major loss in working with a designer is that it’s more expensive.

If you don’t mind spending the extra money for a designer to work with you, then have one. You’ll be able to benefit from their professional input that can give you the guidance that you need. This is particularly helpful if you don’t have any experience designing rooms, as it can prevent some mistakes. We work with designers all the time. We can either work directly with your designer or you can bring your designer with you to your free home design appointment.

On the other hand, if you want to have full control over how your room ends up, then you may want to work alone instead. This will also allow you to save money which you may have otherwise wasted on advice that you weren’t going to use in the first place (if you want to follow your heart in the design process). Either way, we will accommodate your preference. 

The Importance of a Signature Piece

A signature piece is another one of the things that you will need to implement into your room design. This will give it an extra bit of charm. One of these pieces will be the main thing that attracts someone’s attention. When someone walks into the space for the first time, you’ll want them to be impressed.

Keep in mind that a signature piece doesn’t need to be expensive. You can even make one yourself, provided you have the skills to do so. A signature piece is there to tie in all of the other design elements of the room, uniting them so that everything looks better together.

To give you an idea of what a signature piece would look like, imagine a large painting hanging over the top of the bed. This is a part of the room that will be noticed by anyone who walks in. It helps draw their attention to an area that you want them to look at.

Be Inspired But Still Keep it Unique

Take inspiration from various sources. It is one of the best ways to ensure that you make your room design looks great in the end. Be sure to browse magazines, catalogs, social media, or other interior design sources. You’ll see whether or not your ideas match up with what other people think looks good.

It’s important to account for the prevailing tastes in interior design. However, you need to make sure that you still stick to your vision. If you’re going to be living in the house, you’re satisfaction with how everything looks is the most important thing, not other people.

This is why you should account for the advice of others while still putting your own unique spin on the room. You shouldn’t be afraid to be adventurous when it comes to designing your room. You only have a single chance to do so, and you may regret not doing something else.


Designing a room is a monumental task, and doing so requires a lot of thought on your part. The decisions that you make early on in the design process will affect the final results hugely. We hope that we’ve been able to help you out. If you need further help designing your room, we offer a Free Meeting to help you make those big decisions. Schedule your free appointment with one of our kitchen and bath designers now!