Homeowners in a position to make changes to the look of their property are often afflicted with analysis paralysis - the inability to make a decision due to overthinking the situation. There are so many options to choose from when it comes to decorating the interior and exterior of a house that it feels impossible to narrow them down into a practical plan going forward.
One possible solution for those undergoing analysis paralysis while planning a home decorating project is to explore several different styles at once. Rather than try and further narrow down your shortlist of preferences, incorporate them all into the redesign project. We call it the White House approach, and here is how you do it:
Different themes for different rooms
Are you torn between a love for classic decor and a passion for modern design? If so, why not devote a room to one and a room to the other? Similar to how different bedrooms in the White House are themed differently, the rooms of your house can each have its own distinct look and feel. Decorate a home office with antique furniture and ornate light fixtures, then plan the living room to be up-to-speed with the latest trends in interior design. Do this for every room to get a taste of each theme on your shortlist.
Form in the front and function in the back
As far as the exterior of a home is concerned, many people choose to do little if anything in the way of altering the decor. It is important to upkeep your outdoor cabinets to ensure that if you improve the small things, it will go a long way. We want to avoid ruining the existing aesthetic of the property as viewed from the front, but this approach adds up to lots of wasted space. Get the most out of your exterior by making improvements in places which are hard to see from the street, mainly in the backyard area. This is similar to the White House, where the grounds appear timeless and untouched from the street thanks to state-of-the-art upgrades being concealed by foliage.
At this stage, your creativity can take you down several different interior and exterior decor approaches. With that said, it’s important not to stretch yourself too thin, both in terms of the planning effort and labor involved. When it comes to the interior of the house, focus on one room at a time. Don’t move on to the next one until the first is complete. While this may not sound like responsibly managed time, this process can be done over the course of a week or so if planned out the right way.
As far as the exterior of the house goes, prioritize the decorating in a back-to-front fashion. That way when your backyard patio area is complete, you’re able to modify foliage and fencing to better conceal the back of the property. If you work the other way around, your decisions in the front may not be enough to adequately frame-off and cover those in the back.
The decision to make changes to the decor of your house can quickly turn into an inability to make decisions about which changes you really want to make. Consider several approaches in order to lessen the burden of tough choices, as well as explore several different design styles.