Ideas For Contemporary Interior Design

Done well, interior design is a way to make your house look inviting, relaxing, and like an expression of your life and personality. Here are a few ideas you might try to make your house more beautiful.

Good interior design includes many processes: painting, wallpapering, tiling, carpeting, lighting schemes, artwork, and furniture to name a few. Modern interior design is constantly evolving, and that’s a good thing. Wouldn’t it be weird to have a house that was exactly like the typical ranch house of the 70s? New design should always take into account some of the best of past designs without recreating them in their entirety.

If you think that you have to have a large home for it to be stylish, you couldn’t be more wrong. If anything, smaller space forces you to be more clever, so that you have the floor space you need, but have the things you need at hand too. The main thing you need a lot of when updating your house is creativity.

Don’t worry about a shopping spree yet. We’ll get to that, I promise. First you should visualize how you want each room to look. Think about the big features first (the bed in a bedroom, sofa in the living room, table in the kitchen, etc.) and then think of the smaller accoutrements that go with them. How can you make a nice mix of textures without making the room look overly busy. You should also take into account how the room will be used, and by whom. I don’t have to tell you that if you have young kids white furniture and carpet isn’t a good idea. But the great thing is, if you have small kids (or rowdy dogs), you have a great excuse to go for that richly colored carpet. It hides Kool-Aid stains better.

Consider linens, secondary furniture, wallpaper, and lamp shades. You can find some of the most amazing lampshades at thrift stores. Lamps, too! In fact, many thrift stores don’t mind if you take a shade from one lamp and the base of another. Be careful when choosing wallpaper. It can be gorgeous, but it can just as well look dated.

A lot of people have been picking up elements of the Art Deco style of the 1920s and 30s. It’s characterized by clean lines, black and white, and a sophisticated elegance.

The bold and colorful designs picked up from various Asian styles are also popular, and they’re great for making small spaces look bigger. Carved wood and hand painted details about in Asian style, and even if you’re just buying paint for the walls, there’s nothing more serene and beautiful than a soft bamboo green.

Eclectic style is great. It’s a way of saying: “This is me. I like elements of many styles, and I combine them to suit my taste.” Some of the most beautiful living spaces are done in an eclectic style.

Don’t forget the importance of lighting as part of your interior design. While you don’t have to match style with style, it might look a little odd to have fussy Victorian lamps in a retro-mod style living room that looks like something out of The Jetsons. Then again, who am I to judge? You should make it exactly how you like it. Adequate light that draws at least partly on natural light during the day is about as strict as the lighting design suggestions get (plus safety!).

You can spend all day happily looking for ideas on the internet, and you don’t have to stick with interior design sites. You can also purchase just about anything you see on the web by ordering it online, though you may have to do some amateur sleuthing to find it on a retail site. And there’s always that great standby of cutting pictures from magazines. Once you fill up a notebook, try to discern whether you see any trends in your selections. Interior decorating should be enjoyable. After all, it’s your home, and it’s where you spend a lot of time. You should enjoy looking at it, so go for it and have fun.

How To Solve Any Interior Design Problems That May Arise

The beauty of interior design for many people is solving any problems that a job may throw up, some of which can be planned for and others which throw themselves up during the job itself. Interior designers have to always expect the unexpected when involved in a job; these are things that interior designers plan and train for. But what about those of us that are not trained in interior design but want to try their hand at an interior design job within their home? How can we approach problems that may arise and what are the best solutions for these problems?

For those of us that are not trained in interior design a job may need doing at home that we would love to have a go at but do not really know where to start, but all is not lost. There are that many reference books, magazines and television programs available today that ideas and problems can be addressed in one form or another. The inter web has many forums and web sites that can be fantastically helpful, these are places where you can post a problem in the form of a question and in turn you will hopefully have some helpful soul post a reply and answer to your problem. The real beauty of these forums is that they are places where like minded people go to socialize and help other people with their interior design problems.

Magazines are also a helpful resource, not only to help with any problems that you may encounter but also to give ideas that may help you avoid a problem. Sometimes a problem can be easily avoided by simply side stepping it completely and replacing the idea with another more manageable solution. Interior design magazines are also helpful as they offer you the chance to actually see many ideas in picture form, ideas that you may have in your head might look completely different in the flesh so it is always an idea to try to seek out any pictorial help available.

Most people are good at some part of the interior design process but interior design covers many different aspects, design, color identification, architectural design as well as placement. But a true interior designer is fully trained in all aspects of this of their profession, the trick to master if you intend carrying out a task yourself is to identify what part of the job you feel most comfortable with and what you feel you may be best at, this way you can narrow down the fields where you may need help and again, where possible, side step any problems that may arise.

If you can for see a problem that may arise and you do not feel comfortable in solving it yourself or the answers that you have been give do not feel right then why not go to speak to an expert. In many cases a local builder’s merchant or plumber’s merchant will be able to offer help and advice or even a product that will solve a problem. For instance, if you are dealing with a bathroom remodeling task and you have hit upon a problem with baths then by consulting the plumber’s merchant or a plumber they may be able to advise you on the best baths design to go for helping you to overcome the problem.

There are many avenues of help available to enable you to complete your interior design tasks it is just a case of approaching each task slowly as they lay ahead of you and take each one step by step. Do not be afraid to ask for help when needed and do not be too proud to accept help when offered. This way you should be able to complete any task with the minimum amount of heart ache.

Why Do You Need an Interior Designer?

Once upon a time your home looked great. You have heavily ornamented wallpapers on your walls, impressive Oriental carpets and old-fashioned (but not so worthy) furniture. And you live in the 21st century. You feel the need of a change.

This is just a possible scenario. Whatever your reasons, when you decide to redecorate your home, you should ask yourself a simple, but essential question: “DIY or hire a professional designer?”

If you are a busy businessman (or woman), you probably don’t even consider do-it-yourself as an alternative. Sure you’ve already got the yellow pages in your hands or you are already browsing the Web looking for that perfect interior design firm to redecorate your home. But if you are not so busy, why should you hire an interior designer? You have all that free time, why not do something useful out of it? Because, if you are not experiences with interior design, if you have no skill whatsoever, your attempt might end up in a redecorating disaster. You’ll need someone to help you get organized and tell you approximately how much everything is going to cost.

Of course, interior designers cost too. But hiring a professional interior designer from the start will prevent from having to pay unexpected costs like: the wrong color, the unsuitable piece of furniture, the “no-style” decorations and the out of place accents. In the modern competitive society, you might as well get lucky and find a decorator that offers a first consultation free of charge. Now, that’s a price worth paying!

How do you know whether the interior designer will do the job right or not? Well, that’s quite simple; the first (and free) consultation will be elucidatory – after you clarify to your decorator what colors you like, show him or her your home and the actual decorations, go together over some pictures (the decorator should have brought along some decoration samples or catalogues) of residences and styles; the professional interior designer should be able to identify your style. If the designer will not ask any personal questions related to hobbies, favorite colors, entertainment preferences, preferred movie stars, favorite music, cultural background or others of the kind, you should move to the next. A curios designer is a good designer. And a good designer will never try to impose his (her) style on you! A curious designer will use the information gathered in this first meeting to put up together some ideas for the next meeting. That’s when he (or she) will show you plans, sketches, wallpaper samples, color samples, fabric samples and so on. Then you choose what you like, point out what you dislike and let your designer do the rest.

Consider an interior designer as your temporary employee and understand that you are allowed and should point out his or her mistakes. After all it’s your house that needs a perfect interior design, so don’t be afraid to impose your taste when necessary!