Friday, February 8, 2013

Interior Decorating: Understanding the Basics

People often struggle to get started on a decorating project. They see rooms on tv and in magazines that they like but don't know how to go about getting those looks for their own spaces. There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to decorating your home and it can be overwhelming. By breaking down the components of design and looking at them individually, you can clear all those jumbled thoughts and simplify the process; making it easier to make decisions and get started on your way to your dream room!

CONSULTATIONS
Consultations are vital to the process of interior decorating. They are where the designer gets to know the client's tastes, lifestyle, goals, likes, dislikes and intended use for their space. Sometimes, all a homeowner needs is a launching pad to get them guided in the right direction and they can venture into their project on their own after getting a little guidance and suggestions.

SPACE PLANNING
You can have the most beautiful furniture and accessories and still not be happy with a room because it doesn't 'work' the way you'd like it too. Proper furniture layout is key to a well designed space. When planning furniture arrangement, function and visual balance need to be addressed: Is the seating arrangement set up well for conversation? Is there a good view to the tv? Is there a focal point and good flow to the space?

PAINT SELECTION AND WALL COVERINGS
What goes on your walls does more than just tie a colour scheme together. Paint, wallpaper and other materials can enhance mood, balance a space, and add texture and contrast. They are the largest surfaces in a room and need to be paid close attention to.

MATERIALS AND FINISHES
The materials used for flooring, back splashes and countertops are the more permanent elements of a design and need to be chosen wisely. The materials and finishes used can either make these elements focal points in a room or neutral backdrops. Well chosen finishes should be able to stand up to future decorating changes.


FURNITURE AND FABRIC SELECTION 
Furniture style and fabric choices set the tone in a room's decor and have to meet the requirement of both fashion and function. There are so many options available and the right choices will complete the look of the design and provide comfort and function at the same time.



ACCESSORIES SELECTION
The finishing touches to every project, the accessories can bring in the 'WOW' factor needed to make a room truly sparkle. They should reflect your personality, provide impact and create interest.





DESIGN IMPLEMENTATION
This is where the real work begins. Your decorating goal may be as simple as changing paint colour and accessories or as involved as removing walls and installing floors. Whatever the scope of the project, a well implemented design proposal results in easier, less stressful decision-making, runs smoother and, finishes on time and on budget.

COMPUTER RENDERINGS
This is a new trend in decorating but one worth considering. 3D renderings help you to truly visualize what your finished design will look like before you commit to a design. Removing the guesswork allows for easier decision-making and eliminates possible disappointment in the end.

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