Interior Design

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Before doing any remodeling you might want to consider doing an interior design. You can do it yourself or hire an interior designer.

Pick a color

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Look for inspiration

Inspiration is all around you. A trees leaves when fall hits, the color of your child's eyes, an outfit, or just that picture of that one good looking room you saw on the internet. I painted and decorated my den the colors of my favorite football team. Go Seahawks! The point is, you can find inspiration anywhere!

  • Look through your favorite magazines
  • Browse the internet
  • Take a walk outside
  • Go to your local hardware store and head to the paint section. Look through the paint pamphlets with examples of many different styles of rooms

Finding the flow of your house

Creating a visual flow for your house is one of the most important steps in interior design. Here are a few tips for creating flow within your home:

  • Maintain a balance of color. Having too many neutral colors or too many bright and bold colors will make your room feel like "too much" or "not enough".
  • A good rule of thumb used by professional interior designers is to pick one neutral color and 2 accent colors that will be in every room of the house.
  • This rule can be broken, however. Not every room needs every color. In some cases, maybe just a rug that is the same color as one of your accent colors will be enough to maintain the flow.

Consider lighting

Lighting is one of the most overlooked things when it comes to picking a color. You may fall in love at the store while looking at the color swatch, buy the paint on the spot, paint your wall, and hate the color because it looks completely different on your wall. This is a very common problem and can be easily avoided. Here's a few tips:

  • Pick 4 or 5 colors that you like and paint big areas on the wall you will be painting
  • Give yourself a week or two to look at the colors every day in different light
  • Look at the colors in the morning, when you get home from work, and before you go to bed. Everyday. You want to see the colors in every kind of lighting is will be exposed to.

Start with the biggest room

If you are having trouble picking a color, starting with your biggest room, usually your kitchen or living room, will make things much easier on you.

  • Your biggest room is generally a soft neutral tone
  • Once your biggest room is painted, you will be able to determine your accent colors much easier


Textures

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What is texture?

Texture adds dimension to a room. It appeals to our senses, both visual and tactile, which makes the room interesting. The color you choose will definitely make a big statement and impact. Most people don think about it, but texture can do the same thing, if not more. Make conscious choices about how and where you add texture and your decor will thank you.

Where to use texture

Here's a few good places where you can incorporate texture into your interior design:

  • Furniture finishes
  • Rugs
  • Accessories
  • Wall finishes
  • Curtains/drapes


Furniture

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Start with the basics

Every room has certain pieces furniture that belong in that room. Such as a bed in a bedroom. Every room needs the basics when it comes to furniture and once you've got the basics, it's a walk in the park. Here are a few suggested pieces to start with:

1. Living room

  • Couch
  • Coffee table

2. Kitchen

  • Dinner table
  • Hanging pot rack
  • Cabinets

3. Bedroom

  • Bed
  • Dresser

Make a floor plan

Once you have an idea on what kind of furniture pieces you want to get, it's time to pull out the measuring tape. Look at the dimensions of that couch that you're in love with and write them down. With a roll of masking tape, tape the shape and size of the couch on the ground and see how much space you have. This goes for more than just your couch. Make sure everything fits!

Consider color

Keep in mind that your furniture will need to go with the flow of the color of your walls. Using furniture as accent colors is an excellent idea.


Decorative Accessories

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Keep your rooms style in mind

Make sure the accessories you choose fit the design of your room. Even the smallest accessories can have a big impact on your room. Accessories are very good to fill the void in the areas you are lacking. Say your room lacks texture -- you could add a small fluffy rug that will balance the textures out. You can do this when it comes to color as well.

Pick accessories that show your personality







Pick a focal point

Miscellaneous interior design tips

  • Too many attention grabbing pieces can be bad. If you go into a room with every surface and wall has something loud to say, it can become overwhelming real fast.
  • Not enough attention grabbing pieces can also be bad. You don't want your focal point to be the 1990's lamp you have in the corner of the room.


Finding good contractors

If you decide to hire out please refer to Finding Good Contractors.