In the world of Home Design, we all know that a beautifully styled home makes an enjoyable home. Just take a look at some of the brilliantly styled homes for famous classic tv shows, such as Family Affair, The Brady Bunch, Father Knows Best and I Love Lucy. Even modern tv shows such as Seinfeld, Will & Grace, Scandal, Nashville, Modern Family, Revenge, Downton Abbey, Grace & Frankie and The House of Cards showcase how a beautifully styled home, makes for great tv enjoyment, both on and off screen.
Now most of us mere mortals, do not have the Interior Design Budgets of the tv set designers. We have realistic budgets that we need to make work within our lifestyle. That being said, designing a stylish home can be challenging and overwhelming, especially when you don’t know where to start. Being a typical homeowner, wanting to create a beautiful and comfy place that reflects your personality, does not have to be overwhelming or perplexing, if you take tried and true approaches to style and design.
Design inspiration can literally be found, just about anywhere – from your wardrobe, pages of a traditional decor magazine or online magazine, in a museum, a park or even a movie or tv show. However, you cannot just hope that your randomly arranged items will turn out the way you imagined it, without putting some thought and planning into the design layout. There are some basic design principles that you must follow, regardless of your design style: classic, shabby-chic, neo-classical, Victorian, Southwest, Bohemian or even modern style.
Keep It Simple
One of the most sought out design concepts and technique used by several great Interior Designers the “less is more”mantra. This is often the core principle of several great stylish designs. This can also be referred to as a minimalistic design approach. You can use a minimalism approach, even if you have little or no experience with home decor. Some of the best designs include few statement items that will drag the attention of the visitor. Don’t be afraid to incorporate the minimalist approach into your home decor with the fear that it may be too restricting or somewhat limiting to your design options. This is so far from the truth.
The minimalist approach in reality can provide you a plethora of design options for your home. One of the most basic example to this approach is that you can use color and texture to convey your design story. This can be used in actual furnishings, rugs or even wall colors. This is where you can showcase your strengths. A great way to do this is with your paint color for the walls. If you choose a paint color that will act as a backdrop to your minimalist theme, you can let this serve as your base for the design. Be sure to select quality brands, such as Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams or Behr Marquee paints for your paint remodel project. You can play with color by combining neutral shades as a base and brighter tones for definition.
Bring Contrast into your Design
The next big idea in Interior design style is to look for ways to bring contrast to a room. This can take so many different paths, such as color, shapes, sizes, textures, etc. Many design professionals use this as a signature approach to defining their style. A classic line that many designers use is “Try not to be so “matchy – matchy”. This politely means lets make the design more interesting instead of boring and dull. This contrast in the design not only brings interest to the design style but also is cohesive with the overall look.
Use your imagination and be bold when implementing the contrast concept into your interior design style. A perfect example of this concept is often used in a Kitchen Remodel project. You can use a contrast color in your base cabinets in a kitchen with lots of space. It is imperative to know when this can and can’t be used. If you have a nice size kitchen that has great space between areas, this is a great way to emphasize a certain bank of lower cabinets on the opposite end of the kitchen. This can also be used when you have a nice size Island in your kitchen. Another clever concept in the kitchen is to use a contrasting countertop on the Kitchen Island. You can use Marble, Butcher Block, Wood or Quartz on the center Kitchen Island and this new texture will serve as your signature contrast concept in the kitchen.
Another practical concept with contrast in a home design project is to use wallpaper, wall tile or wall color on an accent wall. We all have seen accent walls with paint colors which is the most cost effective approach. However, incorporating texture in this approach brings more interest to the room. There are several great wallpapers that can help you achieve this look splendidly. One of my favorite options is to use a wall tile as an accent to a room. A classic approach is brick, however, there are several new modern materials that can be used such as glass, porcelain or mosaics that can really make this a truly amazing conversation piece to a room. Take for example in a bathroom remodel, you can use a beautiful accent wall tile on your main wall in a different pattern or texture, such as glass tiles. The location of the shower controls and valves are located are normally a great location that makes perfect sense in this space.
Make Small Changes with Big Impact
Always remember “It is all about the Details. Don’t underestimate the significance of the small details in a home interior design project. In most instances, the entire home does not require a complete make-over. You can choose one or two areas to focus on for the design changes. When you are considering which project to tackle first, this will be a great time to take inventory and clean out old items that you do not use anymore. Sometimes, the simple process of cleaning out the clutter and painting your home can make a complete transformation of your home. If you need help with cleaning ideas, you should hire a professional cleaning service to assist you in this process.
It is amazing how you can change the look and the feel of a room by simply adding or removing items that you no longer use. Cleaning and removing the unnecessary clutter is the first step. Identify what is the theme of your room. Then remove anything that doesn’t fit the interior. If you feel that your place lacks something special, consider using a rug or a piece of artwork to bring a room together.
Incorporate Layers into a Room
Designing your home is very similar to putting together your wardrobe. In styling a wardrobe, using layers is a very often used approach to styling. Layering also plays a vital role in the world of home interior design. Use layers to add more character to a boring room to recreate a more versatile style. A classic example is a nice throw rug with texture. Another great example is the use of throw pillows with color and texture. Another popular trend is to use throw over a chair or a sofa or love seat. You can even use curtains as layers over a window to create that warm and cozy effect.
If you don’t feel comfortable mixing and matching, items, you can use the layering technique with your lighting. It may sound strange at first, but there are many benefits to using the layering concept with your lighting in a room. This will allow you to emphasize on different features in your home and to bring light into a room. It is amazing how people often fail to realize the significance of a room’s lighting in a home remodel design. It is more than simply choosing which light fixture or wall switch to use. Understanding the significance of the three types of lightening –ambient, task and accent is an essential first step in the process. When it comes to layering, accent lighting is a perfect choice for highlighting certain details such as under kitchen cabinets, which is great for prep tasks or creating ambient lighting in a kitchen, recessed lights in a soffit in a bedroom or living room.
It does not need to be a huge burden on you to create a new look in a room by using a few designer trade secrets. There are several books and shows on the subject matter. If you want to bounce ideas off someone for your particular space, consider hiring a professional for a design consultation in your home. This will enable you to get a professional’s opinion, first hand of your particular space.
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