What is a master plan?

Lately I’ve been creating a lot of plans for my clients. I love it! I ask a lot of questions about lifestyle and tastes at the beginning of any job and I love seeing it all come to fruition in a master plan. Having a plan enables us to nail down how you would like the space to feel, and each piece we bring in works towards that goal. For my graphic design buddies reading this, it’s the equivalent of branding your home.

What does a master plan include, you may ask? It depends on how in-depth you would like me to go, but it always includes a 3D floor plan. This floor plan will include furniture placement with real pieces, ideas for window coverings, paint colours, fabric selection for upholstery items and drapery (if applicable), flooring suggestions and art arrangement ideas. I can bring real costs for these items as well, so you will have an idea of where to begin based on your budget.

If you are building a new home, a master plan can include the finishes for the entire house, ensuring that the house flows from one room to the next. At this time a colour scheme can be established, which helps relate the finishes to the items that will eventually reside in the rooms.

Following is an example of a plan I just completed for a client who is moving out of province. She called me to help her decide which pieces to keep and which to donate/sell before she moved. I also created a floor plan for her based on the measurements she had for her new space. She wanted a very family friendly feel to the room, that will be great for entertaining young children as well as cozy for reading and watching television. I based the colour scheme of the room around her existing accent chair and lovely dining room set.

Living room 1

Living room 2

Living room 3

Living room 4

As you can see the room is quite large, about 17’x17′, with an 11′ tall ceiling. I was able to fit in all the seating she required by building an oversized custom sectional. The large piece really fills in the space making it feel cozy and inviting. Perfect for cuddling with grandchildren! Two sturdy sofa tables behind the sectional provide a nice space for a couple of reading lamps and somewhere to throw the remote when not in use. A wall unit completes the function of the room while also balancing out the large sofa and gallery wall. It also provides lots of storage opportunity for books, toys and movies.

The client was thrilled to have a plan to move forward with when she gets to the new space. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

If you would like my help giving you a to-do list for your place, drop me a line!

natalie.cox@decoratingden.com

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