My Space is a project that focuses on creating a redecoration plan for an actual room that is
regularly used by the member. The room could be his/her bedroom, or a room that is shared by
the entire family, such as a family room, bathroom, or office.
This project blends the digital age by utilizing Pinterest and other internet sources, with well
researched written material. Topics members will learn about while doing their redecoration
Basic principles and elements of design.
Developing and expressing personal creativity, style and taste preferences.
Working cooperatively on other projects.
Preparing a budget.
This project resource includes more information and planned activities than typical 4-H project
resources. Please feel free to participate in activities outside of this book, but be sure to record
them for the sake of your project leader and District Officer.
Hopefully you, as a member, will “Learn to do by Doing” through hands-on activities that will
encourage learning and enjoyment. If you have any questions, contact your District 4-H Officer
or your 4-H project leader.
While “interior design” and “interior decorating” are often used interchangeably and as
synonyms, they are really talking about two different stages of the building process.
Interior design is part of the initial structural design of a building. Much of a room’s interior is
dictated by the surrounding building. Things like the height of the ceiling and the placement of
the doors and windows are part of the interior design that is determined at the time of the
building’s construction. Architects, and even engineers to a degree, determine quite a lot of the
room’s basic character. Interior designers usually have university degrees and must have definite
qualifications to work together with architects when a building is first constructed or renovated.
While interior designers often complete the interior
decoration of a room too, especially in new
commercial buildings, interior decorators often take
over where the interior designer leaves off. Interior
decorators have no specific training. Many are selftaught
and some have diplomas from a variety of
college programs or independent short courses.
Some decorators get into the business by selling
one of the decorating components like paint and
then expanding from there. Decorators tend to start
with the basic shell of the room and choose the
“finishes” and furnishings.
Creating attractive rooms takes a lot of specialized knowledge.
While the initial construction of a building requires expertise in the area of building and safety
codes as well as structural issues, choosing colours, materials and furnishings does not. Interior
designers would like everyone to believe that hiring one of them is essential to the decorating of
an attractive room but that is simply not true.
Creating attractive rooms takes a lot of money.
It can take a LOT of money if you hire someone to make the decorating decisions for you and if
you choose expensive finishes, furnishings and accessories. But with just a bit of looking around
you will discover that a good look is more good taste and imagination than money. One of the
best examples of this can be found in the Canadian magazine Style at Home. Every monthly
issue has a High/Low feature where two almost identical rooms are shown, one costing a great
deal more than the other, often as much as ten times more.
Only certain colours look good together.
There are so many RULES floating around that many modern designers have been disregarding
for years! Colour is a very personal thing and what looks good to one person may not to
another. There is a lot of science surrounding colour and how colours are related but rules are a
thing of the past.