While we know it’s tempting (and exciting) to dive straight into choosing colours and laying out furniture, press pause for a moment – a little forward planning can make all the difference. Don’t worry, it doesn’t necessarily need to be extensive. As our co-founder John and his wife, interior designer Emma Sims-Hilditch, shared in their interview, it can be as simple as taking a step back and having a good think about how you want your home to feel. From there, it’s much easier to make individual decisions based on whether they harmonise with this vision or not. Blogger, journalist and author of ‘101 Interior Design Answers’, Kate Watson-Smyth also advocates forethought before you jump in, and in this blog, she’s given us six questions – who, what, when, why, where and how – that you can use to bring clarity to every aspect, from storage to budget to where you’re going to shop.
If you feel that your project needs some real sit down time before you can begin, then our definitive guide to planning might just help. Put together with Neptune store designer Fred, we’ve broken these early stages down into five steps – from getting to know your room to gathering around you an expert team of tradespeople. We’ve also covered things like whether you need to involve a professional designer.
Finally (and probably everyone’s favourite part of the planning process), we’re talking all things moodboards in this post with the home designer from our Cheltenham store, Jessica. So, if you’re wondering how to create a moodboard, at what point you should make yours, and whether, in fact, you actually need one, this is the article to head to.
Demystifying the design process with John and Emma Sims-Hilditch
Six questions you need to ask before you start a room redecoration
Planning a project: our guide to getting started
How to make a moodboard and when to use one