A design binder keeps ideas, quotes, brochures, and more all in one convenient location. If you are preparing to redo your home décor, paint, or upgrade, then keeping track of color schemes, products, stores you’ve visited, tips and tricks you want to try, and more can be a daunting task. This guest post is by Adrienne Z. Milligan.
Design binder for ideas
Maybe you have plans to remodel or upgrade, but are waiting for that refund, newer model, or your next week off to start. You don’t have to wait to begin compiling items for your design binder. You can start collecting ideas for it for years before your remodel. Keep all of your information in one mobile place by starting a design binder to take with you when visiting store after store. Home decorating ideas folder
Starting a design binder need not be expensive or overwhelming. The minimum you will need is a three-ring binder, some sheet protectors (to avoid trying to punch holes in the delivery quote or appliance brochure), and a notebook or paper that will fit in the binder, plus a binder-friendly pencil pouch.
Some people may prefer purchasing an Office in a Bag from FlyLady.net. This is a binder cover that holds a binder (not included) and has pockets on both inside flaps for pencils, pens, markers, and a calculator, with a little zippered pouch that will small items. This is a popular option because the cover zips up and has a carrying handle. It is designed for on-the-go mobility and holds it all without fear of things falling out of it. Do what works for you.
Collecting ideas for home
When you find a picture of a bedding set or sectional couch that you like in a magazine, simply cut out the page and put it into a sheet protector. (Please remove pages from your own magazines, not ones in office waiting rooms.) Every time you get brochures from the furniture store, appliance store, and the many paint chip samples that seem to multiply, just place those into the sheet protectors in your design binder. Pinterest is a great site for collecting ideas. You may want to print them periodically and put them into your design binder, so you have all of your ideas together in one place and can take them with you whenever you go shopping.
Create a tab for each topic—such as paint, furniture, and appliances; or one for each room of the remodel—kitchen, dining room, and guest bathroom. Maybe the binder will serve as your brainstorming results, so perhaps a tab for each store would suit your needs and you don’t have to wonder which store you found the items at since it’s in the appropriate store tab. Use dividers so that the tabs are visible even when using sheet protectors.
Home decorating ideas folder makes it easier
After a while, you will be able to sit down and plan your remodel without having to search high and low for that one brochure, sliding rocking chair, or repair quote that you just need to find. Each brochure will be at your fingertips whenever you need it.
You can include pieces of fabric or wallpaper that you like. You can even add actual carpet samples and tile samples if you want. Just keep in mind that this will make your design binder a little heavier.
Do I Need an Interior Designer?
Not necessarily. You can do it all yourself, get some help from a design planner at a home improvement store, or hire an interior designer. If you sit down with a design planner at a store, or with your own designer, you will be able to show them what you have researched, what colors you are wanting to use, and what products you will need to accomplish your goals.
This helps them be able to help you, because you have done the decision making (or at least a good portion of it) before sitting down at their desk. It can also save you a great deal of time and money. Even if that remodel or upgrade is not in the near future, start collecting information now, so that when the time does come, the research you’ve done along the way is just inside your design binder.