Starting an Interior Design Project

Decorating or redesigning the interior of your home and office it’s all about transforming the available space in a physically safe and comfortable place that brings psychological benefits upon your daily activities and lifestyle. With a little vision, planning and research you can do it yourself!

First thing you should do is analyze the layout and architecture of the place, the function of each room, whether you would like to adopt a style or theme, what objects you already have and want to use, and the limit of your budget. If you cannot use specialized software, you can simply draw the sketch of the place layout and furnishings arrangement on a large piece of paper transforming the meters into centimeters so as to have a general idea of the storage areas, remaining traffic space and required or unnecessary objects. Don’s settle on a single plan, make at least two – three drafts for comparison reasons (the first idea is not always the best one!). If you don’t trust your creative skills, you may find plenty ideas and combinations on the internet.

Regarding the styles in interior decorating, there is such a wide series of tendencies on the market that you will certainly find your likes. However there are three main styles which outline home interior designs, that is casual, contemporary and elegant. Accordingly for a simple and relaxed lifestyle choose the casual interior design with rustic, shabby-chic tones; massive furnishing; wood, wicker and rattan accessories; and with dominant neutral colors. If you are a convinced modernist with a busy daily life, you should select the comfort offered by contemporary home interior. The main features of this style consist in spaciousness, natural and artificial light, emphasis on shape and contrasting colors; minimalist furniture; natural wood and metal finishes. The elegant or formal style is usually adopted in sumptuous architectural buildings and is usually implemented by the traditional wealthy social class. This interior design style is defined by a center of attention (such as a painting, sculpture, fireplace, etc) that dictates the entire decoration of the typically large formal-style room. The furniture and accessories express that antique air of sophistication, whereas shiny hues of gold, brass and silver are symmetrically combined with strong mahogany hues of furnishing and walls.

Nonetheless, each home / office and any interior design style is greatly influenced by the coordinating colors. You should first consider the wall-paint because, since it covers large areas of your place, it influences the overall aspect and atmosphere, triggering your emotions. Choose cool colors for small rooms as they give an impression of freshness and spaciousness and select warm color paints for friendly, open, and brightened backgrounds. For a distinctive facet you can either combine two wall-paint colors (for example split the larger two walls in two and paint them in two apposite colors) or use a classic or contemporary wall-paint stencil. Make sure the color of your walls suits the flooring, pottery and furnishing. Trim paint your old and new (if necessary) wooden and metal items (window frames, doors, stairs, etc) for ensuring a balanced outlook. For both the wall and trim paint purchase quality products with good covering, easy to use and even without that heavy smell of paint. Altogether, choose products that facilitate the work and make decorating enjoyable.

In conclusion, as for most activities, the hardest part of an interior design project it’s actually the beginning. Some ideas and little studying for the appropriate choices, together with a good planning and the purchasing of high-quality products and proper tools may transform your home /office design project in an entertaining experience, a sort of puzzle with objects, textures and colors.

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