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Home Interior Decorating It’s A Snap

By Kathy Andrews

Home interior Decorating does not have to be done by a professional to look like a million bucks. Even the most decorating challenged can perform this task if they simply follow a few simple rules. If you follow a few do’s and don’ts you will come out with a room you can be comfortable with and will be proud to entertain in.

Whether you are a new homeowner or wanting to decorate your own place, it can be done. If this is a new space, you have before you a blank canvas that may be somewhat overwhelming. Let me suggest you start small with one room and then move to larger tasks. Begin by asking yourself, how large of a project am I willing to take on and do I have the time and finances to do it.

Take time to read decorating magazines, clipping pictures of styles you like, color schemes you find exciting and maybe ideas for faux painting techniques. When you have settled on a room and style you are ready to begin your project. It is easy to want to just jump in and get started but there are a few steps you should take first to ensure your project does not become overwhelming or so unorganized that you lose inspiration.

The focal point of your room can set the style immediately. Do you have a grand fireplace, or an amazing piece of art you wish to highlight in the room. Work your design around these focal points to create drama in your space. Having a pre-planned design will help ease frustration down the road also. Your local design center or home store will often have kits you may purchase that will help you sketch out your room. Drawing your room to scale will help with choosing furniture pieces and the placement of your design elements. Don’t skip this step if you don’t have to, it is a matter of time, money and frustration.

Now that you have sketched your room and identified your focal point your next step is to pick a signature piece for the room. Whether it is artwork, fabric, an area rug or even your china pattern, it will be a piece that you use to focus your style and color around. This piece can set the atmosphere of the room so choose it wisely. Selecting a piece that really brings you joy and gives you that comfort feeling can make the difference in existing in a space or really living in it.

Making a list of items you wish to take to the design center with you will help to make your trips fewer and more successful. Selecting the paint scheme for the room presents its own set of challenges, but none that can not be overcome with a little help from the store associates or designers as well as your own organization. Some of the items to take with you will be fabric swatches, magazine clippings with paint ideas and a picture of the focal piece you have chosen to utilize. This takes the guess work out on selecting your paint color and will help the associate give you other design suggestions that you may not have thought of.

Your choice of furnishings will depend largely on the use and function of the room. Scale and balance are the most important do’s and don’t to pay attention to when it comes to choosing your furnishings. Sketching your room prior to starting your project will help you to develop a well laid out plan for not only placement of items but size of furniture to be used to keep the room in balance. Like trying on several pair of shoes for the perfect outfit, trying out several different furniture styles and sizes for the perfect room is essential.

In order for you to have the end result of cohesion in the room use unified design elements. You want the eye to move across the room with an uninterrupted flow and for the observer to feel as if it is the perfect blend of color, texture, element and design. Many times with today’s architecture you find spaces that will open to another space without any break in the structures design. If this is the case in your project it is important to include the adjoining room in the design palette.

Your lighting is a vital part of your space as well. Deciding on what type of lighting you will need is an important inclusion in your design plan. The use and function of the space should dictate you lighting requirements. These may include task lighting, general lighting, drama lighting and mood lighting. Any and all of these can be utilized in the space you are working on.

The most important rule to remember is rules are meant to be broken. Design should be fun and spark creativity. Allow yourself to be playful in a room and to set an atmosphere for not only yourself but your guests that says imagination is welcome in this space. Don’t stifle you creative juices by worrying too much about the do’s and don’ts. Open your mind, harness imagination and ride it to the dream room or space you are creating.

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