A decorating dilemma that comes up time and time again is "where do I start when I'm designing a room?"

Whether you're moving into a intimidatingly bare brand-new home or redecorating an existing room, it is important to create a space that reflects your style and personality, while remaining practical for day-to-day living.

1. Find your inspiration

Selecting the look for a room can feel overwhelming. There are so many styles, colours and choices to make, and it can be difficult deciding which one is best for you and your family.

But the good news is that usually you are a lot further along in your decision than you think. Everyone has a few common design elements they gravitate towards and it's just about finding that inspiration so you can start narrowing down your design.

2. Determine what goes and what stays

When we are designing a space for our homes, very few of us start completely from scratch.

Usually we have a few pieces we want to include, like a favourite sofa, a gorgeous rug, or a piece of art. So when thinking about the room, list your non-negotiables. This will be your starting place as the items will have to be worked into the design of the room.

3. Build the look layer by layer

My first step when designing is to start with the key furnishings, like the sofa, because they play a pivotal role in telling the story of the room.

After you have picked the largest and most dominant furniture in the room, it's time to select accent pieces, like extra chairs, coffee tables and side tables.

Once the furnishings are in place, it's time to make the room truly unique and truly yours by using accents. Select lamps that add to your look, fill in with a unique rug, pop in small decor pieces and add touches of seasonal greens. The number of layers in a room is completely up to you.

Then finish with fabulous art. In my opinion, a room doesn't ever feel "done" until there is artwork on the wall - just choose something that appeals to you.

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