We all get bored looking at the same interiors of our home. Going big on re-decoration or refurnishing isn’t a feasible option for most of us. But there are simple yet effective ways in which we can change the interiors of our home once in a while to pep up its appearance.
In this article we will give you some great tips on sprucing up the interiors of your home. These tips are mainly ideas, and not hard and fast rules, on which you can expand and modify depending on your individual preferences for colors, themes etc.
Useful Tips on Interior Decoration
It is important to make a list of things that you can tackle yourself and the things that will require professional help. Once the list is prepared first prioritize and then begin. Your walls might require a major repair work more than a fresh coat of paint.
1. Before you begin on any remodeling, designing or refurnishing, it is important to establish a budget. The budget should be based depending on your requirements. Once you have settled down on the budget start searching for the project that suits your budget as well as requirements. Most people prefer to remodel the living room and the dining room before moving on to the bed rooms, kitchen and the bathrooms.
The reason is that living and dining rooms are the two most used rooms in any home. You can use your own style and themes for the rooms or you could take help of magazine and online sites. The idea is to make the home look bright, inviting and elegant at the same time. You could choose a particular style like rustic, antique, Victorian, modern or even bohemian to decorate your home.
2. The color scheme should be chosen very carefully as coloring is a pretty expensive deal. You wouldn’t wish to go wrong with the colors because you have to live with them for some time at least. The color of your walls should be dependent on the size of the room and the natural light that the room receives. Climactic conditions of the place you live in, the theme of the room and the decoration used should also be taken into consideration before deciding on the color of the walls. Monochromatic color scheme can get pretty boring to look at every day; upscale the monochromatic color scheme by introducing two or more different shades in the same color.
Deep colors like maroon and royal blue will add size to the room making it appear bigger. Dark shades are also excellent for giving the room a royal and sophisticated touch. You could also use stylized wallpapers for decorating the walls. Use wallpapers in floral to give the house a cheerful look. For a modern look you could try wallpapers in stripes and checks. The mix-n-match should be done according to your taste. But remember, the walls should not look like they have been done by a primary school boy who has been recently introduced to colors.
3. The furniture should be placed in a manner that makes the room look bigger and spacious. Using too much of furniture in a medium-sized room will take away the walking space from the room. Besides, the room will look chaotic and cluttered. If the room is big then do not place all the sitting furniture together. Arrange two or three seating areas and use different colored rugs to differentiate them. Screens also work well in large-area rooms. The upholstery hung in big rooms should be dependent on the furniture and the rugs used.
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Heavy and paneled curtains with swags and valances will make a big room also appear cozy. However, these should be avoided at all costs in a small room as they can make a small room appear even smaller. For small rooms, the curtains should be of ceiling height and hung from the ceiling as this adds depth to the room. Use vertical patterns on the curtains instead of horizontal or floral to make the room appear bigger than it is. Use of pastel colors in upholstery is ideal for small rooms. Remember, dark colors contract and light colors expand. So make the most of the colors when decorating your home.
4. Use mirrors, hanging lamps and floor lamps for brightening a large room. Big rooms tend to appear dull and depressing for most part because they do not receive sufficient natural light to brighten up. Depending on your budget you could hang two chandeliers from the ceiling. The chandeliers can also be used to demarcate two different seating areas in a large room. Mirrors are also a great way of adding light to the room because they tend to reflect light making the room appear brighter. Besides, mirrors are also a great way of adding size and depth to a small room.
5. Get rid of all the clutter in the house. Decide on the pieces you want and the pieces you can do without. Store away the pieces that have sentimental value but have run their course now. You could also try renovating such pieces by repairing and painting/polishing them. The rule holds true for furniture and any decorative pieces that you might have collected all these years. Do not buy pieces of furniture and other decorative items simply because they are the rage or because you like them. First decide whether they will go with the look and theme of your home. Imagine keeping an antique Roman soldier in an otherwise modular home!
6. Do not push your budget to get your house re-modeled. First deal with the major issues like plumbing, remodeling etc that cannot be done without professional help. Tackle these issues one by one if your budget doesn’t allow for a complete haul over.
7. Before you get into interior designing, check the walls and flooring for any repair work. You will end up paying through your nose year after year if you simply decorate the walls and floors without getting them repaired first.