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The Art Science of Interior Design

The art and science of interior design has been big business since the 1720s and has undergone as many changes and has survived as many unfortunate trends (remember shoulder pads and disco?) as fashion or music have. Today`s interiors are more likely to be designed by the people living in them, which not only saves money, but also ensures that your home reflects your taste and style while not challenging your budget. HomeRemodeling a room is not difficult to do on your own, as long as you keep a few basics in mind.

Form must follow function. Simply put, the first thing to consider when homeremodeling a room is how it will be used. That antique ivory peau de soie slipper chair may be your most fabulous flea market find, but it won`t last five minutes in your mudroom. Think carefully about how the room is used and who uses it. The clean, sharp lines of chrome and glass are sophisticated but impractical with kids and dangerous for toddlers, so choose the basic fabrics and lines with everyday use in mind.

Choose a theme, but keep it subtle. A Tuscan farmhouse radiates warmth and rustic charm, but go too far with rough, faded wood and hand-painted tiles and guests will be keeping one eye out for Pinocchio and his little cricket friend. Unless you live in an actual Tuscan farmhouse, French pied a terre or Art Deco penthouse, it`s wise to suggest the feel and tone rather than trying to recreate an actual room of that type. Colors, fabrics and the lines and type of furniture and especially the accessories (artwork, sculptures, throw pillows, clocks, lighting, area rugs etc.) can all help pull the theme of the room together without making you feel like you`re at a theme park.

Consider your floor coverings a part of the overall room design to help keep the feel unified. Your Tuscan farmhouse won`t feel quite right with crisp, 1950`s black and white tile squares, but that is easily fixed. Even if your budget won`t allow all new flooring, artful use of carpets and area rugs will go a long way toward not only keeping your design consistent, but also making cold floors far more comfortable to walk on.

Once you have decided on a theme, chosen your furniture and gathered your accessories, it is time to consider window treatments and wall color. Most first-time designers make the mistake of choosing their paint color first and then run around trying to find things that will match, complement or contrast with that color. Given the advances in custom paint mixing, it makes much more sense to choose your favorite design element, whether it`s a painting or a small rug and bringing it to your local paint or home improvement store to have it matched. Many places offer free tiny paint samples so that you can actually paint swatches on your wall and see the paint in the different lighting that occurs throughout the day rather than having to imagine from the color on a small printed card.

Once you have everything together, start from the bare bones of the room and work inward. Paint first and then put down the floor coverings. Hang the wall treatments. Bring in the furniture and then the occasional tables and lighting. Finally, set the accessories where they go. If you have collections, group them together rather than scattering the individual elements about the room.

The design experts at HomeRemodelingPedia™ remind you to always deal with the finest possible purveyors of home accessories such as those at Dunelm Mill, whether you are shopping for sleek chaise longues, sassy, shaggy rugs or whatever else your particular room needs to bring it to life.

Source: Dunelm Mill

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