If you feel like you want to start designing the interiors of homes for people then you are in the right place. You just need some information here compiled by Michel Abboud that can take you that much closer to understanding home design for the long-term.
Consider the main function of a room or area before you start on a new design project. For example, a colorful palette of primary colors is well-suited for a playroom or child’s bedroom. But you don’t want to use overly casual furniture in an elegant dining room that you use for business dinner parties.
Consider adding some artwork to your room. A nice piece of art can really make a room look “finished.” Make sure you choose a piece of art work that goes with the colors and feel of the room. You don’t want it to compete with other things in te room for attention.
Start with a fresh coat of paint. Paint is inexpensive and can make a big change to a room in just a few hours. Go to your local home store and get swatches. Then, come home and imagine what each swatch would look like, and how it would blend with the furniture and other rooms in your home. Choose one and see how different your room looks!
Be sure that every room has excellent lighting. Quality lighting will help you show off your home, and can even help a room feel bigger. If there’s a room in your home that has dark corners even with the lights turned on, invest in a stylish new lamp. It’ll make the whole room look better.
Arrange your furniture smartly. Walk around your rooms and take different paths: are you able to easily go from one room to the other? Furniture should not be in your way, and yet some items should be made central if you wish to create a theme or a color pattern based on a piece of furniture.
Don’t be afraid of color! So many people keep white walls in their home simply because they are unsure what colors would work for them. You don’t have to go crazy with color–even painting one wall a vibrant color will change the feel of a room. If you are afraid to paint, start with throw pillows in bright colors and see what you think.
Sketch out a layout of the room that you plan to redecorate, and carefully measure your space. This is important information to take with you when you shop for furniture and other items. If you do not have accurate measurements, you may end up buying furniture that will not fit into your space.
Always get a second opinion! Have you ever bought a rug or throw pillows that you thought looked amazing, only to decide later on they were a bit tacky? Showing photos of items you like to your friends or family members can help you avoid making purchases you regret. Everyone has their own tastes, but other perspective can help you notice things you might have missed.
What is the function of the room you are planning to decorate? While you are planning the project, it is important to think about what the room will be used for. How many people will be using this room? For instance, if you are designing a family room, you will need quite a bit of seating.
If your living and dining areas are in the same room and you would like to redesign the space to separate them, consider different flooring options. A carpet in one room and wood in another will really distinguish the two rooms with elegance. Also, a tall, free-standing screen can make a very stylish room divider in this area.
Use vinyl adhesive stickers to decorate a child’s room. Because you may not want to redo your child’s room each time they go through a phase (trains? dinosaurs? super heroes?), vinyl stickers are a great solution. Available in practically every design from words to numbers to athletes and more, they allow you to stick them semi-permanently to any wall, but easily remove them when your child finds a new passion.
While fluorescent light bulbs save energy, and last longer than incandescent bulbs, they are not always ideal for some areas of the home. They emit a harsher, more blueish light than incandescents. Fluorescent bulbs are often fine for kitchens and bathrooms. For areas like the den or living room, the softer, more subtle light of an incandescent bulb may be the better choice.
If you have some art work to put up in your living room a good place to put a large place is behind your large couch. The painting should be about 2/3 the length of your couch. It is ok if it is bigger or smaller, but this ratio looks the best.
Be considerate of others who live with you. You may feel that you are the most stylish person you know, but remember that other people are going to be in the space very often. Do your best to compromise so that everyone is happy with what the final look will be.
Since you now have the knowledge that you need, do not wait to get started with your interior design plans. Actually jumping in and doing it is the best way to learn. Keep a good attitude about your approach and you can reap the rewards.