Whether you’re tasked with decorating an authentic French chateau or making the most of a basement studio, it’s easy to feel limited and overwhelmed by the task in front of you. Changing the way you approach decorating your space requires a simple change in the way you think about your room, and the questions you ask too. Regardless of your means and measures, the best way to start imagining your new room is by looking at positive solutions for negative or challenging things. Start re-training your resourceful mind like this:
Instead of saying: I need a stand for my printer but what I see in stores is ugly. I don’t want to spend any money on something I won’t like.
Ask yourself: I need a stand for my printer. Is there something that could hold my printer and my paper supply so everything goes in one place?
Here’s another one…
Rather than: This area is big and bland. I want to add color, but my kids will trip on a rug and besides, even the outdoor rugs get faded and moldy.
Ask yourself: How can I add some color and pattern to this boring deck? A rug will get faded or moldy… what else can I use?
As you get more confident about asking open-ended questions that solve solutions, you’ll start to see the answers building on each other and whole rooms coming together. Here’s an example:
My mom, my first creative and resourceful mentor, felt limited by the angles and odd colored brick fireplace in her living room.
I asked myself: I can’t remove the badly placed vent on the main wall and my mom hates the awkward shape and angles of the room. How can I camouflage the angles so it just feels open and fresh? And, besides replacing the brick, how can I update the fireplace so it becomes an inviting focal point?
As I’m writing this, I see the obvious correlation between how to decorate with an open mind and how to build my life and business with the same mindset. Where I get excited by the possibilities of a room, I do often feel limited and overwhelmed when it comes to other areas of my life. Hm, I suppose it’s time for a little perspective adjustment. Time to see my life as a big beautiful room with all kinds of potential. I can do that!
Okay, while you work out a tough spot in your home this week, I’m going to work out some tough spots for myself. Let’s see: I want to collaborate with people and create a team that can carry out my vision.Â I want to ramp up my textile design and launch my webseries, Color in the City. What kind of people do I need to find? What kind of resources do they need to have?
I feel better already. I’m going to do a little painting to get in the right mind set and just brainstorm about that. The answers may come as easily as designs for a room, right? I’ll let you know how it goes!