So you’ve found the home of your dreams and it’s time to decorate. You’ve seen countless pictures of the interior of beautiful luxury homes but, no matter how hard you try, you just can’t seem to figure out how to get your home to look as lovely. This is, by no means, an uncommon problem. There is a lot more to interior decorating than the average layperson realizes. It is both an art and a science. There are very tangible reasons of why a room will appear off or fantastic.
The difference can sometimes have to do with seemingly miniscule details. If you are moving into a new home or have decided to redecorate, it’s a good idea to get educated on the finer points of interior decorating. While it’s always recommended to hire a professional for the process, understanding the differences between good décor and sloppy décor will prove extremely useful to you in the long run. An interior decorating professional may help you decorate your home in a beautiful way, but you may disagree with a few of their choices from personal taste. If you understand the basics of the overall process, you will be able to effectively add your input into the mix to ensure you end up with the beautiful home you’ve always dreamed of.
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One of the most important aspects of a great interior design is the flow of the decorum. While some people may have eclectic tastes, an eclectic styled interior design rarely produces a positive result. The first thing most people think of when it comes to “matching” furniture, wallpaper, paint, light fixtures and accessories is color. However, while a fluid and tasteful color scheme is essential to a good décor, it is hardly the only important factor to consider. An easy and exaggerated way to imagine this point is to consider era-bound décor. If a house had a room made up of entirely 19th century antique furniture, wainscoting, etc., a 1970’s lava lamp would hardly make sense. It’s important to consider the flow of style, color scheme as well as relevance. Creating a “theme” for a room is a great way to make this process easier to work through.
Taste is critical and it’s important not to get carried away with your “theme.” Subtlety always beats flashy when it comes to tasteful interior design. The process of coming up with and executing a theme in a child’s bedroom, for example, will be entirely different than for a living or dining room. This seems obvious, but you’d be surprised at some of the common pitfalls people run into when choosing a theme for a room.
Experience makes a major difference in this department and it’s always recommended to seek the assistance of a professional. Another critical factor that is commonly overlooked is lighting. Many people will do a great job picking out light fixtures for their home that fit the style they are seeking perfectly while they tend to fail at light placement. The way a room is lit up can make or break the flow of a room. Lighting a room properly by following the room’s general theme can be a tricky business. The majority of people will notice problems with a room when the lighting is not done correctly but will rarely be able to pinpoint the problem – or even realize the problem has anything to do with the lighting. Again, it’s important to have a professional opinion involved in the process to make sure you are getting it done right.
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If you are considering doing your own decorating, keep in mind that it’s always important to have an outside opinion. It’s common to get caught up in your own project to the point that you can no longer “see the forest for the trees” so to speak. This is especially true when you have personal feelings attached to the project – as in, when you are decorating your own home. It is advised to at least consult a professional and get a second set of eyes to help make your home the beautiful place you’ve always dreamed of.