Room Makeover Planning Ideas with inspiration photos

Learn how to break down inspiration photos in order to plan and create a room makeover you love. Narrow down your room design with these tips and tricks.

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When you’re looking to plan a room makeover you need a starting point. Finding inspiration from photos is a great way to gather all of your ideas. Whether you get those photos from a blog like mine, Pinterest, Instagram, magazine, or photos you took in another home, you need planning to bring the idea to life.

This is usually where many people get hung up and stop. Unsure of where to go from here. Does this sound familiar?

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Today you are going to learn how to break down those photos you saved in order to create a space you love.

I used these tips for our most recent relaxing home office reveal for Ray. Often when I am doing room makeovers, painting the walls is involved. Learning how to paint a room a room yourself is the best DIY skill to have.

This post isn’t about budget. It will be up to you to decide the amount of money you want or can spend on your home decor. I always want to best look for the smallest budget. I wrote another blog post with lots of home decorating money saving secrets.

Primary Bedroom, Sable brown walls, white bedding and bench

Decorating 101: Planning Ideas with inspiration photos

Decorating any space starts with inspiration.

There are some things to keep in mind when you are grabbing those inspiration photos. Things that will help you go from inspiration folder to a beautiful room in your own home.

Rooms and floor plans will vary from home to home, that’s ok. You’re looking for inspiration to decorate your home in its own style. The main goal here is to find the potential of your space.

That means make the space feel cozy and like home to you.

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What are your goals?

  • Do you want to copy the space exactly? This will require finding a source list or shopping guide for the items.
  • Are you looking to get the look for less with budget friendly pieces or DIY projects? This will mean extra time looking for similar pieces without the large price tag.
  • Would you like to infuse your own style with the feeling the room provides? This is where you have extra creativity to take the inspiration photo and make it your own.
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Where to find inspiration photos

  • Magazine tear outs
  • Pinterest – create a private board specifically for your home style
  • Instagram – use the save feature or pin to your private board
  • Real homes (friends, model, show house) – take photos and pin to your private board
  • Interior Design websites – find high end designers who you love the style they create
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Determine your room decorating style

Find your overall home style and home aesthetic. Looking at all of the photos you have collected list out words that describe the style. This will niche down your thoughts as you start look over the photos.

You can choose as many words as you feel work but I would advise trying 3-4.

  • cozy
  • traditional
  • modern
  • rustic
  • farmhouse
  • cottage
  • eclectic
  • contemporary
  • casual
  • formal
  • and more

Use the tips below for narrowing down how you would like your space to look and feel like.

Secret Pinterest board for room makeover planning

What to do with the photos

When analyzing the photos you’re looking colors, patterns, textures, and overall design aesthetic.

TIP ONE: Take notes of the details

First thing to do is write down your immediate reaction to the photo as it catches your eye. What do you notice right away. Is it the color palette, the sofa, the wood beams, etc?

Keep in mind that while sometimes you are looking for inspiration for specific items such as lamps or bedding, other times it may be a feeling the space evokes in you.

Write it all down. If there is something you don’t like, X it out. You want to see a photo and immediately know why you saved it.

Dining room board and batten walls oakmoss green paint


After you have collected the photos with design that caught your eye, go back and take a second look. Ask yourself, does this style fit me and the way my family live? If not delete or trash it.

Then delete any photos that look out of style with the majority. This is the technique I use to hone in on my style and design for a space.

This living room makeover adds fun pieces into the decor like this heart pillow.

TIP THREE: Common ground

Now look over each piece of inspiration and find common ground. Do most of the walls have dark paint color? Do you gravitate toward whites? Brass lights? Rustic decor? Vibrant and artsy?

This is the moment you can start seeing what your space can become. This is where the real fun begins as you start your own room makeover.

If you plan to tackle DIY projects for your next room makeover HERE are 13 things you need to know.

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Pin this photo for later so you can reference it.

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