How to Design a Room Without a Plan

How to Design a Room Without a Plan

It is the first week of 2016 and everyone wants to know “What are your resolutions, plans or lists for the new year”.

And sure, I am all about having a plan, a list and being organized. Heck, I’ve always planned out my day, week, month, and year so much so that my family has fun teasing me about it.

If you follow me much, you know I always say you must have a “Master Plan” (stern face) when doing any decorating or remodeling. But ouch, now I am suggesting you don’t need to have a plan?

“What gives”, you say?

Here is the rub, you can design a room without a plan, if you follow some simple, basic rules of color harmony. Our brain wants harmony because it makes you feel calm and no matter how many nice sofas, pretty chairs, or charming rugs I show you, without harmony it is a big disaster.

So if you are one of those people that balks at anything remotely like a plan, but o.k. with a few rules,  then here are the three rules of color theory (and there are a gazillion books about this) that you can follow and your room will look pulled together and “feel” great.

color wheels

How to Design a Room Without a Plan Strategy #1 – A Room That Feels Vibrant

When you want your room to feel vibrant and be full of energy then choose a complimentary color scheme. Complimentary colors are opposite each other on s color wheel. (Yes go to the craft store or office supply store and buy a color wheel, it is fun). So for example you could choose red and green.

Style Sheet: Complimentary Colors [Red and Green]