New Year New Decor. Step 9. Elevations.

Are you guys feeling like true designers yet? After this next step you sure should be. I know some of you guys maybe thinking “I am not a real designer why in the hell would I need to know how to do an elevation?” Before I get to that, you may need to catch up…if so here are the previous steps:

Steps 1 & 2

Steps 3 & 4

Step 5: 

Step #6

Step 7a & 7b

Step 8

There are plenty of reasons why you need to know how to do an elevation sketch. You need to know how to place your art , accessorize your walls,  make sure the scale of your couch is right, know if those lamps look amazing compared to your end tables, and the list of reasons goes on and on and on from there. The only way to know all of these things are correct is to … do an elevation!

Let’s backtrack, there are some of you out there who don’t even know what an elevation is. An elevation is a view that shows the wall as if you were looking straight at it. So for four-sided room, we have to produce four drawings: north, south, east and west walls.

Here are some of mine.

by Tiffany Brooks Interior Designer HGTV Host

by Tiffany Brooks Interior Designer HGTV Host

by Tiffany Brooks Interior Designer HGTV Host

by Tiffany Brooks Interior Designer HGTV Host

by Tiffany Brooks Interior Designer HGTV Host

by Tiffany Brooks Interior Designer HGTV Host

by Tiffany Brooks Interior Designer HGTV Host

by Tiffany Brooks Interior Designer HGTV Host

by Tiffany Brooks Interior Designer HGTV Host

by Tiffany Brooks Interior Designer HGTV Host

I wish that I could tell you that there is an amazing software out there to easily do all of this without the learning curve. There are for interior designers,  but for the homeowners out there, I have not found one that is dedicated to elevations and simple enough for the beginner to use.

With that disclaimer out of the way, I do happen to like Smart Draw. A lot. It is a software that does mind mapping, floorplans, and now I guess elevations. See a screen shots below.

smart draw 3 smart Draw 2 smart draw

The learning curve is still there, however I feel that since Smart Draw is free, it is the easiest to learn software for elevations for the average homeowner.

Another option for a computer generated elevation is Icovia. Not free, but really easy.

I feel that the easiest way for the layman to do it is with a piece of paper, pencil, eraser, and a ruler. This way you guarantee that the sizes and your scales are correct. You don’t need pretty (like the computerized images) you need assurance that the selections you made look right on your walls, etc.

OK – enough talk Lets get to it.

Elevation 1 from Tiffany Brooks, Interior Designer & HGTV Host

elevations from interior designer Tiffany Brooks

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Elevations by Tiffany Brooks, HGTV host

After you have drawn (and erased) your elevations, We now have to analyze. Take a look at what you have drawn to see if it’s working for you. Does the layout seem balanced? Does the drawing seen uninteresting?

I came up with questions for you to  go through and ask yourself about your elevations.

Questions to ask yourself about your elevations. In the 12 steps to designing your Interiors.

Questions to ask yourself about your elevations. In the 12 steps to designing your Interiors.

Best of Luck! I know its tough. OH – if there are any designers reading this that knows of any great elevation software Let me know!

Come back next week for accessorizing and budgeting.

Wanna read ahead?

If so, you can download “12 Steps To Designing Your Interiors” (the entire e-book) by clicking the image here:

12 steps

The book comes with all of the done for you worksheets and guides that you will need to get started on your space.

Many Blessings!

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