10 Benefits of Interior Design & Decorating You've Probably Never Thought Of
Posted on January 09 2022
Welcome to the 10 Benefits of Interior Design & Decorating You’ve Probably Never Thought Of, written for audaciously brave creatives, like you, who have the courage, imagination and creativity to design & decorate your own home.
I love interior design & decorating. I find decorating therapeutic. Getting my hands dirty, painting, upcycling and generally faffing around the house, soothes my creative heart whilst satisfying my desire for instant gratification.
Whether you do the work yourself, project manage or hire a contractor, finishing a project, is exhilarating!
But I bet you’ve never thought, doing up your home would be like taking a course in self-improvement. Nor did I.
I started decorating our family home a few years ago, just as my interior design career began to take off. I quickly learned there’s much more involved than hanging flock wallpaper & scattering a few cushions!
It’s frustrating, tiring, expensive, time consuming. There are decisions, failures, setbacks, letdowns. Not to mention long hours, money, money, oh and did I mention...money!
When you're doing up your home, getting through difficulties, overcoming stumbling blocks and finding solutions for success IS personal growth, self improvement and inner development.
Done through a practical, creative medium.
Allow me to show you how, by sharing 10 benefits of interior design & decorating you’ve probably never thought of.*
*Have a notebook and pencil handy for the gems I’m gonna be dropping and a cuppa!
Interior design and decorating present an amazing opportunity to create your home as you see it in your mind’s eye. How you want to feel in your space, is probably just as important as how it looks & functions.
Putting your stamp on bricks & mortar by allowing yourself to show off your personality is the embodiment of creativity. Displaying character, charm and marking your territory.
Whether you live in a studio flat or a 10 bedroom mansion, how you design & decorate your space is completely subjective.
One non-negotiable is that you’ll need bags and bags of creativity.
Creativity is your imagination in action
Being creative is allowing your mind to conjure up the most fantastical schemes & concepts without editing, boundaries or restrictions. Just like a dream, anything goes.
Editing, practicality, boundaries & budget come later.
In the beginning enjoy the freedom to fantasise.
Your ability to be creative in the concept phase of your interior project will be the difference between getting the decor you want vs getting the same decor as everybody else.
Because you’ll need to be creative at every stage of your project, especially for the inevitable challenges.
You’re an inventive original, I know you got this!
Let me share with you how to get started?
- Use my easy method - Choose 5 words to get you started
- This will blow your mind - Interior Visualisation - see #10
Remember creativity is your imagination in action, this will set the bar for how far you’re gonna take your design. Go for it!
#2 PROBLEM SOLVING
Running into problems with your project is as unavoidable as searching for the tape measure you forgot you hooked onto your belt.
You’ll need solutions for countless dilemmas; everything from finding the right door knobs to how to hang self adhesive wallpaper! How you manage will determine how the project runs.
And how your sanity stays intact!
Designing and decorating my home, I've run into these problems:
- Measured incorrectly for a shelf…twice…ouch
- Ordered wrong parts
- Drilled a small hole making the plaster fall off creating a bigger one
- Ruined paintbrushes
- Misplaced tools - slowing me down
- Had power tools stop working mid project
- Bought the wrong paint
Some problems were embarrassing, others costly and all added extra time to the job. Bear in mind I chose to do the work myself. This may not be the case for you.
When you run into a problem either doing the work yourself or working with a contractor, follow these common sense steps to resolution.
STOP. CHECK. BREATHE. THINK. ACT.
- Stop - Take a deep breath. If you have to, stop what you’re doing - Especially if you feel yourself losing your cool.
- Check - the basics first (i.e. is your power tool plugged in), refer to work schedule, scope of work docs
- Breathe - To prevent you from passing out, kicking the cat or throwing your tools out the window
- If that doesn’t work
- Step back - Move away from the problem (if you have to) give yourself space to…
- Think - Find the solution (see Check above). Get advice…
- Act - Solve the problem
Running into problems is part of the deal. Keeping a level head, using common sense is part of the solution.
Patience is a virtue.
Never a truer word has been spoken.
Patience is a highly valuable trait desirable in almost all of life’s endeavours. If you can keep your cool, think with a clear head and maintain calm in the midst of a crisis, you’re probably the most important person in the room.
I heard a great quote recently:
“Frustration is scarcity. Patience is abundance!”Wes Watson - Personal Trainer, Motivational Speaker & former prison inmate
You need patience when designing and decorating your house. Things will go wrong. People will let you down. Equipment, products & people won’t arrive on time and ideas won’t work.
Who you gonna call?
When your tolerance gets tested, remember patience is:
- Starting with the end in mind - see #10
- Reminding yourself why you started the job in the first place
- Doing the work properly the first time
- Following instructions
- Problem solving - see #3
- Understanding projects have a process: Planning, Implementation and Completion, Snagging, Real Completion - see #5
- Accepting delays, setbacks and inconveniences
I’ve learned the hard way. Fools rush in.
A genius, like you, demonstrates patience.
#4 COMMUNICATION & COACHABILITY
How good are you at being told what to do?
And how good are you at giving clear instructions?
To finish your project you may have to work with other people: designers, artists, tradesmen, artisans and contractors. See #7 Collaboration.
To help you communicate your ideas grab your notebook and:
- Write the full project in bullet points
- Break the project down into manageable steps
- Make a powerpoint presentation (if necessary)
- Provide a demonstration (if necessary)
- Draw it out - with measurements, specifications and materials
- Add as much detail as you can to communicate your idea
- Walk the participant through each step
- Make time for and answer questions, even the ones with obvious answers
- Repeat the demonstration/presentation (if necessary)
And for being coached, here are some tips:
- Listen first
- If watching a demonstration - watch it through all the way
- Break down the task into manageable steps
- Ask clarifying questions
- Go through the steps
- Ask more questions until you’re absolutely clear
- Write the steps down in your notebook for future reference
You can use this quick method anytime you’re being coached on how to do something you’re not familiar with. Keeping notes will help you build a library of how to’s.
Without planning an interior design & decorating project you run the risk of wasting time, causing needless delays, breaking the budget and getting a half assed finish.
I’m sure you’ve heard of the 5 P’s?
Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance
For every job, no matter the size - especially larger scale projects - grab your notebook and pencil and start planning, if doing the work yourself or working with an interior desinger, stay involved in the whole process.
Let’s imagine you’re going to design & transform your bedroom. A fairly straightforward project, updating the decor and sprucing up the styling.
Whether you go it alone of work with a professional, you'll need to have a plan. In your notebook yours could include:
- Drawings - Hand drawn quick sketches with measurements
- Illustrations/photographs - Showing examples, schemes, concepts
- Swatches - of materials you'd like to use
- Service providers - Telephone numbers, web address, phone number
- Stockists - Telephone number, web address, phone numbers
- Price lists
- Work schedule - Timeline for how the work will be carried out
- Budget - Estimated cost: materials, people power, equipment, tools & contingency (things that could go wrong)
- Tools - List tools required to complete the job. What you already have? What might you have to buy or borrow?
- Assistance - Make a list of who’s going to help, plan with their schedule in mind. If you’re going to pay them include in the budget
- Materials - Write a list of materials you’ll need. Again include what you already have or may need to buy or borrow
- Contingency - Add 10% to the budget for unforeseen circumstances
I’ve learned the hard way by being impulsive, rushing into a project then getting stuck.
Fools rush in. Genius’s plan!
Patience. Communication. Planning. Creativity.
See how it’s all starting to come together?
#6 COPING WITH FAILURE
Number 6 on my list of 10 incredible benefits of interior design & decorating that you’ve probably never thought of is coping with failure.
Can we agree that life is a series of highs and lows, ups and down, wins and losses, failures and successes?
When designing your home failure might not be something you want to think about, but hear me out.
Your project, whether large or small will require a tremendous amount of energy, effort, skill and talent. It’s all on you.
Your choices! Your Decisions! Your values! Your style! Your money!
But, everything will not run smoothly. Things go wrong. Schemes won’t work. People let you down. Money will run out and in the event of one or all three happening, you’ll be disappointed.
You’ve heard the maxim - it’s not how you get knocked down, it’s how you get back up.
Quote: Remember that failure is an event, not a person.Zig Ziglar - Author & Motivational Speaker
Get back up and get on with it, you've done that hundreds of times before.
Collaborate. Cooperate. Participate.
Working with other creatives on your project could be an enlightening, exciting, exhilarating part of your interior design journey.
Sharing another person’s point of view, a different perspective and alternative viewpoint can be exceptionally beneficial.
However, it can also be challenging. If you want to avoid your collaboration falling under the category of: exhausting, eviscerating & extinguishing, check out skill #4 Communication & Coachability and lay some ground rules.
You could include:
- Detail of the project
- Steps by step process to completion - see #5
- Who’s responsible for each step
- Where the work will be done
- Who’s responsible for clearing up, cleaning and putting away
- Who's responsible for snagging
- Work hours
- Lunch/break times
- Estimate a time for completion
- Costs: who pays for what
- Funds: how will you fund the project
- Who’s tools/equipment will you be using
- What happens in the event of a breakage/spillage/leakage
- Safety precautions & equipment
- Insurance (highly recommended)
- Medical - First aid kit
- Anything else
Once you’ve written your list, have a discussion with the person/s involved. When you agree all points. Sign it.
I know this seems formal and an interruption to the creative process. Remember #5 Planning?
Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.
A written agreement will give everyone peace of mind, ensure everyone’s on the same page, and in the event of a dispute, is reference for reconciliation.
The art of confidence is both an inherent skill and one that can be learned by doing. Most of us vastly misrepresent our levels of confidence because we do not assign it contextually. What I mean by that is, for example…
You could be a confident parent but not so confident at public speaking. See the context is different.
Unfortunately people often blur their lack of confidence in one area and generalise to include all parts of their lives. Mostly because when they approach something new they are unfamiliar with how to do it.
In the context of designing your home you might not know where to start. What colours to choose, which materials go together and conclude that you’re not confident at interior design.
If you're working with an interior designer she will be able to help you improve your confidence, so much so, you won't recognise yourself at the end.
The good news is that it’s possible to transfer confidence by finding out how you do something else well, doesn’t have to be anything to do with interiors.
And we all have something we’re good at.
In your notebook:
- Think of something you do well, confidently
- Imagine in your mind’s eye yourself doing that task
- Take yourself through each step
- Start with how you feel before you begin doing the task
- List each step you take to complete the task
- Very important: Write your feelings, emotions and any thoughts you have as you carry out the task confidently
- See yourself completing the task
- Next transfer the emotions to the new task you’re unfamiliar with
- Repeat as necessary
Let’s say you chose driving as your confidence task and your list looked something like this:
- Before I set off I feel relaxed, in control and prepared
- I researched the route and the time it will take to get to my destination
- I check the car is road worthy: petrol, tyres etc
- My phone is fully charged
- I feel good about myself, my thoughts are of a pleasant journey
- I have everything to hand: a soft drink, music and directions
- Whilst I travel I remember to breathe, drink soft drinks and listen to relaxing music
- I feel confident in my ability to drive
Next apply to your project, say choosing the colours for your bedroom
- Before I look at colour swatches I feel relaxed, in control and prepared
- I research the different paint providers and their specialities
- I check they have up to date colour swatch books
- I look through the books and mark clearly the colours I like
- I feel good about myself, I’m excited about the project
- I’m in control, have things to hand to keep me relaxed: water and music
- I feel confident in my colour choices and am excited to try them on the bedroom walls
This might sound simplistic but it actually works and is your way to transfer your skills from one area of your life to designing your interior.
Remember practice and repeat as necessary.
#9 SELF ESTEEM
Your self-esteem is how you feel about different aspects of yourself: image, confidence, skills, talents, acceptance, respect and worth. In a nutshell, how you regard yourself.
How do you raise your self esteem by designing & decorating your interior?
By recognising everything you do, each stage you go through, every decision you make deserves praise. Remember all the little successes will lead to a large victory: designing a home that is a reflection of your best self.
Imagine you’ve completed your project, whether you're redecorating a studio flat or a ten bedroom mansion, you'll take time to thank, praise and show gratitude to all involved. Make sure you dedicate some of this to yourself.
The qualities of high self esteem are essential to your overall wellbeing and through interior designing & decorating you can certainly improve how you feel about yourself. By:
- Thinking about what you did well
- Evaluating the problems you solved
- Recognising the positive outcomes you had
- Using your talents of creativity/communication/patience to succeed
- Getting to the finish line - an accomplishment in itself
- Praising yourself for a job well done
Valuing yourself is an inside job, even though your interior will be on display for all to see.
Here we are at #10 of 10 incredible benefits of interior design & decorating you’ve probably never thought of.
I’m right, aren’t I, you never thought of these?
When you were thinking of doing up your bedroom you never envisioned how it would improve your confidence, strengthen your patience or improve your self esteem?
It’s a marvellous thing. Unexpected and essential.
Underlying every project I do, I keep in mind that I want my client's lives to be improved in line with the interior we are creating.
So let’s get to the art of visualisation. It’s a wonderfully creative skill for interior design & decorating and as we saw with #1 Creativity is vital for setting off the process.
I've designed a guided visualisation for you to use in the creation of your home.
You have the ability to see pictures & moving images in your mind’s eye.
How amazing is that?
I've heard many people say they can’t visualise, but I don't believe that to be true...
Try this quickly.
Close your eyes and tell me the colour of your front door!
See, you had to "see" it to see it!
Working as a hypnotherapist, I learned that we can all visualise, just in different ways and sometimes with assistance which is why I've designed this guided interior visualisation for you to enjoy in the creation of a home you love.
Disclaimer: This guided visualisation is for entertainment purposed ONLY. You are responsible for your own life an decisions. Dark Romantix Design is not qualified to give Medical, Legal or Financial Advice, and takes no responsbilitiy for individual interpretations.
I know the disclaimer placed right there is a bit in your face. But, it's important for both of us.
Thank you for reading my list of 10 Benefits Of Interior Design & Decorating You've Probably Never Thought Of.
I hope you've enjoyed reading them as much as I've loved realising & writing them.
This, through personal discovery is the foundation for my practice of interior design & decorating.
Personal Growth. Creating a base from which to blossom, spiritually, mentally, emotionally, financially.
And making a beautiful home that brings you joy, happiness, pride and peace.
If you have any questions or comments do leave them below and I’ll be happy to answer reply.