You don’t have to take a course in interior design or have a large budget to create a beautiful living space. Interior decorating is really about expressing yourself. When a house reflects your personality, it begins to truly feel like a home. Check out design websites, home decorating magazines and model homes for inspiration. When you find a room that you absolutely love, spend some time analyzing what it is about the space that makes it so appealing. Consider everything from the color scheme to window treatments, flooring, furniture, lighting, accessories and how everything is placed in the room. This should give you some ideas that you may be able to incorporate into your own home. Here are some tips for decorating that can help you get it right.
Match style to the type of building:
Take a cue from the architectural style of your home or apartment. While a city loft may look great with sophisticated ultra-modern décor, the same décor would look out of place in a restored Victorian house with ornate original features. You can also take a cue from your home’s natural surroundings. If your home is located in a forested area, you can bring the outdoors inside by using natural fabrics and materials, earthy colors and plants.
When choosing your colour scheme, consider the room’s function and what emotional impact you want it to have. Color stimulates an emotional response. Yellow is bright and cheerful while red is energizing. Greens, blues and browns tend to be calming and restful.
Many designers base the a room’s color scheme on drapery or upholstery fabric, an oriental rug or a piece of art that they want to feature in the room. To achieve a balanced look when choosing color for walls and flooring, imitate Mother Nature by using your darkest colors for the floor, medium shades for the walls, and the lightest colors for the ceiling.
Try before you buy:
Before you buy paint, upholstery fabric or window treatments ask for a sample or a fabric swatch and check out what the colour is going to look like in the room you are decorating under various lighting conditions, both artificial and natural. You may find that the color looks very different in your home than it does in the store.
As a rule of thumb, choose neutral colors for large pieces of furniture, like couches. Accessorize them with colourful pillows and throws.
Don’t leave large areas of the walls empty; fill them with art. You can easily create your own works of art. Scour garage sales for old art books and magazines and cut out the images that appeal to you. Matted, framed and grouped attractively on your walls they can transform your room.
And finally, when it comes to decorating your home less is sometimes more. Avoid having too many large pieces of furniture in a room. Go for quality over quantity. And when accessorizing, edit yourself. Feature a few key accessories and knickknacks and switch them up every once in a while. Decorating your home should be an ongoing process, as the décor changes and grows with you.
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This post was written by Alex from CentralScotlandJoinery – makers of premium quality case and sash windows.