There are a million different decisions you have to make when designing your home. Which couch goes with which chair? Which rug will be the best for your family? Blue or slightly lighter blue? With how much information and options are available today, facing difficult design decisions can be paralyzing. Arm yourself with these seven tips; next time you've got to make a design choice you'll do it wiser (and probably quicker).
1. Decide which choice best aligns with what you value in home design
Knowing what values you put first and find the most important — budget, quality, look, function, comfort — can help steer you in the direction of the right answer when faced with a tough design decision. Remember what your most important design values are, and choose the option that most aligns. So like, how does that help you pick out a paint color? It still works: What do you value most with the way a room feels? Calm and collected or wild and energizing?
What was your first instinct toward the decision, before you began ruminating on all the other options? You've heard it before because it's true — your first choice is usually the right one. Not always, of course, but give your first choice a heftier weight when weighing the options and when in a hurry, go with your instincts.
3. Trust a friend
4. Compare online reviews from multiple sources (but be wary of fake ones)
5. Pick the BEST choice, not the most perfect choice
6. Give yourself a deadline (but don't rush)
7. Let yourself off the hook if you make the wrong choice
If you adopt the attitude of knowing that whatever choice you make will be a learning experience, there really isn't any wrong choice. Even costly or damaging design decisions are still something you can laugh about, at least. As with anything in life, a little perspective should help out immensely; only worry at life-or-death levels when it's a life or death design decision.