Are you looking for a starting place for your next interior decorating project? Interior decorating can seem a bit intimidating if colors, fabrics and styles do not come naturally to you. Luckily, anyone can decorate their home with the right advice. If you follow the helpful tips in the article that follows, you will have no trouble with your interior planning projects.
Where to Start?
If you feel that interior planning ideas don't just come to you, gather ideas for yourself. Many cities have decorated show houses designed by interior designers to help the public gain insight into designing. If you don't feel like visiting a show house, look at different books, home decorating and designing magazines or use the Internet as inspiration.
Use mirrors when decorating your home. Mirrors can be very handy, especially if you live in a small space. A mirror on one or two walls isn't just convenient for fixing your hair on the go. They can also give the illusion of more space. One strategically placed mirror can do wonders for opening up a room.
Lighting Tricks and Tips
Up to date and adequate lighting can do more to improve the look and feel of your home than almost any other improvement. In addition, if you go the extra mile to use energy efficient lighting or even bring in more natural light, you might be able to make an electricity choice that will save you a bunch of money on your utility bills.
Paint is Your Best Friend
When you are getting ready to paint a room, paint just a portion of a wall first, and wait a few days before you decide. You can avoid the hassle and added cost of repainting a poor color choice by seeing how you feel about it after a couple of days. When using more than one color of paint in a single room, keep the combination of colors in the same family. In other words, a red can be paired with a pale orange or a blue with a nice violet. Colors that are closely located on the rainbow really complement each other, rather than clashing.
Clean Up First - and Last
Before starting any interior design, it is a good idea to make sure everything is spotless. Your carpet may look terrible, but it may not need to be replaced. It is possible that it just needs a good cleaning! Get everything cleaned up before deciding on what to do next, and you may save yourself money and time.
Furniture Makes the Home
Make sure the furniture you choose for the room is the appropriate size for the room. Nothing can make a room look smaller than buying an over-sized bed or desk taking up most of the space. Make sure you measure the room to determine what will fit in it and how much space it'll take up. Don’t skimp on your furniture budget. High-end homes generally have an investment in furnishings that approaches (and sometimes even exceeds) 50% of the value of the home. This is not to say that you need a similar budget, but it is very realistic to plan around 10 - 20% of the value of the home to furnish it fully and properly.
Don’t forget about your garage! A fresh coat of paint or some great storage options can really help improve your home by creating more storage space and add lots of interest when you go to resell your home. It's a great idea to hire a garage contractor to help you make some improvements. In the extreme, finishing the garage, just like finishing a basement, can be a relatively inexpensive way to add finished square footage to your home.
Artwork is the Finishing Touch
Artwork is the finishing touch to any design project. For the best results, hang your artwork at an eye level. Be sure to choose pieces with subject matter that complements the theme of the room and enhances the desired mood to create an interior decorating that flows effortlessly from piece to piece.
When redecorating your space, always think of resale. Though you might plan to live in your home for some time, resale values are important because situations can change. If your colors are too bold, to taste specific or too trendy, it can negatively impact the future resale value of your home.