If you're obsessed with painting and decorating as much as I am - you know that it's not cheap to give a room a makeover every time the mood strikes you. Even if it's just little changes like light fixtures or textiles - everything adds up. Which is why I use Photoshop and Pinterest to save money. First, I create a Pinterest board for whatever room I want to change. Then I use simple key words to search for my favorite decor. I save them, a LOT of them onto my board until I start to notice a pattern. In a world completely saturated with the latest trends in decor - finding what resonates with you - and what will continue to resonate with you for more than a few days - can be hard to find. Using Pinterest to see patterns in what you love will help you determine your style, and what makes you happy so that when you do decide to drop a bit of cash on a new lamp or blanket, you know it will continue to bring you joy for the long term.
Which brings me to the importance of knowing basic Photoshop skills. Once you've decided on a palette that you think would look killer in your bedroom, bathroom, whatever space you've decided needs some TLC - you're ready to create your inspiration image. All this takes is photographing the room you're planning to makeover - in my case - our master bedroom. Be sure to clean the room as much as possible before this step, and take the image with plenty of natural light to save you time when you start editing. Open that image in Photoshop. Now go through that Pinterest board of yours. Find your favorite images and do a simple screen shot. Paste them into Photoshop and either move them around to fit into your room, or do a color check and color in the walls to match your dream color! I'm a visual person so this gives me the absolute best idea of how the room will look with my new ideas! Here's two examples below:
Here's roughly how the bedroom looks now:
Here are some of my favorite pins for the first idea:
& here's how it looks in a very choppy Photoshopped form:
Again, here's the room before any changes:
A more rustic, soft and cuddly Pinterest inspiration:
How it would look if we went in this direction:
Using Photoshop is such a great way to save money because you'll see those items you love in your actual space - and determine whether or not it's worth the money. If you're thinking of making over a room I hope this helps you! It doesn't have to look perfect - this is just to give you a rough idea so don't be hard on yourself when proportions aren't exact and things look choppy!
If you need a refresher course or have never used photoshop before - here's some tutorials to help you out.
(light fixtures shown are from Houzz)
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