Design Tip: Try out Your Home Improvement & DIY Ideas in Photoshop First

There a lot of people out there who are unhappy with a certain space in their house, and would love to make some changes. They see something on HGTV, a magazine or Pinterest that inspires them, think about it for a while, and 9 times out of 10, give up on the thought. Why? I think it's because most people have a hard time visualizing the end result, and let fear get the best of them. Because, we all know that home improvement projects can be costly and time consuming. The fear of wasting the time and money on a project that might not turn out the way they hoped paralyzes them, their great idea ends and their space remains the same. 

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So many times I hear people say, "I just don't have the eye that you have." But here's the thing, I don't always know if an idea is going to turn out the way I want either...I just have the guts to give it a whirl. Since I was a teenager, I have been experimenting with paint colors, techniques, and design. And you know what? My ideas have not all been a success. And you know what else? Many times, the ideas I was most nervous about turned out to be the best! My grandmother was a painter and taught me from a young age, that the great thing about paint is that you can always fix it. That applies to a canvas, a block of wood, or the walls in your home. 

*Funny little side note-the ongoing joke at my home when I was growing up was that my parents had actually lost square footage due to the many layers of paint on my bedroom walls!


That said, there are some design ideas that warrant a little more thought. For instance, I have been playing with the idea of painting one of the walls in our Kitchen with black chalkboard paint for a long time now. I haven't felt right pulling the trigger on this one for a few reasons:

  1. It's BLACK. Who wants to cover black paint?
  2. It's trendy and trends die.
  3. I have little people who feel like they have to push really hard to write...and I don't really want gouges in my wall.
  4. It's BLACK and I have ebony stained floors, black granite countertops and a black island. Is that too much dark in my little Kitchen? 
  5. If I paint it with chalkboard paint, the plan is to turn the area into a little command center, and I've always had a thing (problem) about putting organizational stuff on display. 

Soooo, here is a little trick. Take a picture of your room, open it in Photoshop, and try out your design ideas digitally before you commit.

Now, I know that not everyone has Photoshop, but there are free photo editing programs out there. I've heard great things about GIMP in particular. The great thing about this, is that it doesn't have to be perfect-just good enough to get a general idea. If you don't feel like teaching yourself a new program, there is always the old-school approach...take out a blank paper, some color pencils, and start sketching! I actually just did this a few months ago when I was planning a new look for the TFD Studio. 

After doing this little digital makeover, I've decided to press on with the chalkboard wall. I'll share photos when it's complete. Do you have any chalkboard walls in your home? I'd love to hear your opinions in the comments below.


Lindsey Frankus2 Comments