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Home Design Ideas

When one thinks about designing a room with a theme, there is one element very important in home design, which one often forgets is the window treatments. A majority of people buy drapery as a late addition, something that needs to go up but does not really matter. The problem is the window treatments does matter and it should be a vital decision when you are designing your furnishings.

Selecting the right kind of custom window furnishing can be amazingly complex. If you choose the wrong kind or the wrong color, it can completely ruin the design that you have. Finding the best curtains for your room can lead to a flow in style that will have any professional interior designer borrowing from your idea for future projects. When a window treatment works, it really works.

If you intend to select to select window treatments for your home, but feel unsure of where to start, there are a few tips that will help make finding the right window curtains much convenient for you.

Do not Use Single Curtain Design & Color Theme for the Complete Home

This is actually a blunder that most of the people commit. They choose a curtain style and they set the same curtains theme into each room of the house, whether it looks good with the interior decoration or not.

The simple fact is that every room can have a different curtain style, unless you are working with an open floor concept and you will not want a child themed curtain in a living room any more than you would want bold and luxurious window coverings in a child’s room.

Light in the Area is Important Too

When it comes to windows, not all of them produce the same amount of lighting and this will affect the type of drapes that you use. Drapes that are heavy can block out a lot of light and this works well in a bedroom, especially bedrooms that offer amazing views of the sunrise. Sheer drapes are excellent for sunrooms that do not need a lot of privacy. Sheers provide a light airy feel that work wonderfully in many spaces. When you know the amount of light coming through the window, you can plan accordingly.

Custom Furnishing Fabric and Material Selection

There are many different furnishing fabric materials, texture, embossed and fiber blends that you can utilize for a curtain, but you should choose fabric or materials that doe not fade, especially if the room gets a lot of sunlight. Although silks may seem luxurious for a room, they are better left on the pillows, other accents since silk curtains will fade quickly, and you will be left with dull and hideous looking curtains on your windows.

Your Privacy is Important

Sheer curtains are one of the more liked window treatments. Although, they look absolutely magnificent in many different areas, but are not the best style of drape to purchase, if you require to have a little privacy since you can see through most sheer drapes. Bathrooms and bedrooms are the two places where you should never have sheer drapes solely. Pair them with a darker curtain or window covering that does just that covers.

Interior Designer / Interior Decorator

“Do you do Curtains & Cushions?” As a professional Interior Designer that’s the phone call we dread to receive!

It happens more than you may think; I then have to go on to explain (without sounding patronising) what this person really needs is an Interior Decorator, this will then no doubt follow-on with me having to further explain what the differences are between the two disciplines and try to steer them in an appropriate direction.

I don’t blame these people for getting the two mixed up; the general public have been feed hours and hour of TV “instant” make-over programmes and continuous glossy magazine features all under the misleading label of Interior Design. Also this has prompted those in the Interior Decoration and Soft Furnishing business to elevate their tile to Interior Designers; again I don’t blame them for doing this, it makes good business sense to up sell yourself. But the lines have become blurred as to what these two very different services offer – there is a market for the two approaches, but where confusion resides with the customer this has to be a bad thing!

So here with this Home Interiors – Client’s Guide – series of articles I will address the key aspects for client’s that have a Interior Design project in mind as to how they should go about searching for a Designer, what to look for, how they work and charge, how to get the best out of them and how a project gets off the ground to become a finished built reality.

ABOUT HOME INTERIOR DESIGN

Home Interior Design is not to be confused with Home Interior Decoration, as this tends to be only a skin-deep treatment to give a style change or “make-over” to a property. Home/Residential/Domestic Interior Design (whatever one may call it) is a much more fundamental approach to the way you live in a property and how a building can be made to work for the individual owners needs. This will not be just a coat of paint (some new curtains and cushions) it is likely to start with a in-depth rethink at how the property is planned and may involve some considerable changes put in place before one even thinks of decorations.

Interior Designers who specialize in Home Design can be viewed as Interior Architects, and their abilities should cover all aspects of building and architectural work to a property included minor/major structural alterations and building extensions etc. They will go on to cover all the “decoration” elements such as colours, finishes and furnishings, but this is not necessarily the starting point for a project. Kitchens, Bathrooms, Staircases etc are some of the core planning elements that can structurally and technically change a buildings layout; the flow and shape of a property can change dramatically when approaching these areas.

All the technical services that make up an Interior Design project will be undertaken by the Designer; Electrics, Lighting, Plumbing, Heating and Ventilation etc, all are fundamental that need to be design-in at the early stages of a scheme, even if it is just the principles of how these may work. It is becoming even more important these days with the opportunity for client to add-in to their project energy efficiency solutions for the whole building.

Many Clients only have a very basic idea or framework of what they wish from a project; it is however the Designers role to gain that information and drawer out of the Client the full details of their requirements, this then forming the project brief. This can be a very personal experience with the Designer asking questions on how you live now and changes you wish to make to your life style. Be as open as you can as this forms an important foundation for any new design, remember that the Designer is designing for you and not for them, so they need to know how YOU tick!

For most Clients they really enjoy this consultation, as this may be the first time that they have truly thought about their life style and what they really need from the project, apart from a floor, walls and ceiling. A good Designer will have the talents of a “pick pocket”, you will not know that so much information has been taken from you until you see the first concept design, and then you will realise that the smallest details have been included that reflects you and your life style.

HOW DO YOU FIND A GOOD DESIGNER

Personal recommendations are always good, but remember, the Designer has designed for the person who gave you the recommendation, so even if their project is not to your taste this does not necessarily mean that the Designer cannot design to your taste. If they were satisfied that the Designer produced a sound creative solution that matched their brief, then this Designer would more than likely be able to satisfy your project requirements.

Web Sites are a good way of looking at a Designers portfolio of work without making direct contact. Use the search engines and directories to track Designers that are within the broad area to where you live. It is no good having a Designer from Scotland if you live in London, and vice a verse, so aim relatively local of around a 50 mile search radius! Also be aware of companies that call themselves Interior Designers, but are really Home Furnishing companies and they are only really interested in selling from their shop or showroom. Offers of “free design service” will always have a sales agenda behind it. A true Design Consultant will be totally independent of any affiliated retail business and will use the global market to source what is right for your project, no commission or incentives involved.

Professional Bodies such as The Chartered Society of Designers have registers of designers in your area and can be contacted for a list. They also have a web site at you could visit. The Chartered Society of Designers is a body that vets individual designers to make sure they meet a professional standard, it starts with a student quantification “Diploma Member” and then “Member” (MCSD), and the highest level is “Fellow” (FCSD) and you should look for these qualifications or similar from your Designer.

I hope this has given you an insight into the world of Home Interior Design and if you are considering employing a designer is of help as to how to start to make a selection. Part of that selection process will be that first (no obligation) meeting with them; what can you expect to come out of this? Look out for the next article in this series by Chris Page.

How To Make Your Little City Space A Home

Real estate prices in urban areas are known for being incredibly high. For the same price that could afford you a five bedroom house in a rural area, you might be able to get a one bedroom apartment in a city like New York or San Francisco. Because of this unavoidable fact of real estate, many people that crave a life in an urban environment are forced to make do with living quarters that are…well… unglamorous to say the least. Thankfully, interior design experts have compiled a list of sweet tricks for the urban home designer. If you read closely, you can transform your little city closet into a lovely place to live!

1. Emphasize the pretty, hide the ugly. It is important, when trying to work on a small space and within a small budget, to work with what you have. In other words, emphasize the good things about the apartment and cover up the less-than-beautiful elements. For instance, if paint is peeling off of the molding or the walls in some places, then cover them up. You can paint over the rough spots, or hang things like posters, tapestries or other art to decorate over the peeling. If your apartment has other unfavorable features, like old linoleum tiling or stains on the floor or ceiling from water damage, try strategically placing furniture or carpets over the damaged areas. Additionally, remember to highlight the GOOD features of the space. If there are hooks to hang pots and pans from in the kitchen, then use them. If there are built-in shelves, or an antique fridge, bathtub, or stove, then let those elements shine through unobstructed in a room.

2. Use the light to your advantage. If you’ve gotten yourself a small place in an urban area, then your access to natural light has a chance of being limited. Often, tall apartment buildings block the light from windows of neighboring buildings. Also, rooms in small apartments are small (duh!) so they often have only one small window if any. That being said, use the natural light you DO have access to in order to make your apartment feel larger and lighter. Make sure you arrange furniture in rooms so that it blocks the least amount of possible natural light. Also, be aware of where the light hits on the walls and place bright and colorful objects there to maximize the reflection of the light.

3. Create stylish storage space. One of the biggest problems of a tiny, urban apartment? Not enough storage space! If you have loads of clothes to hang, and minimal closet space, then it’s time to get creative with the way you store your wardrobe. Keep the closet space for the bulkiest items, like heavy winter coats, and for the rest, get yourself some metal, heavy-duty clothing racks and hang your stuff out in the open! This idea is especially good for colorful and interesting items of clothing, like fun blazers, dresses and flannel shirts. This will solve the problem of closet space, and also add it’s own fashionable aesthetic to a room.

A Frugal Home Design Basic Buying Guide

American homes traditionally are not complete without living room coffee tables. That said, many choose the common living room tables without the advantage of simple buying guidelines with the end result being coffee tables that are miss-matched or ill-suited for the rooms where they are placed.

The 3 interior design principles to consider when buying any piece of furniture is form, function and space.

Form

Form simply means determining the design direction you wish to create in the room. Consistency in design will minimize clutter and focus your buying decisions.

Take the time determining your desired design style by browsing through home decorating magazines, viewing staged model homes, consulting with an interior designer or taking advantage of simple design style assessments that can be found online.

Function

Function is extremely important when choosing coffee tables. This requires identifying your families living habits in the specific rooms that need coffee tables. For example, are you a “sit back and relax” type family who loves to kick off shoes, grab cold drinks, a bowl of popcorn, feet up on the coffee table to watch a movie or ball game? If so, a glass table is out. A better choice is an easy clean, solid hard wood table top or trunk type coffee table.

If you are the type that enjoys spreading out on the couch with a good book, newspaper or Kindle then you will need a table that does not measure higher than the top of your couch seat cushions. There is nothing worse than staring at a table line while relaxing horizontally.

If there are small children in the house, then tables designed in marble or wood would be a better choice over glass. Round and cushioned are safer than the sharper edged counterparts. Smooth surfaces over tiled and paneled coffee table tops are best for growing families because constantly trying to keep those designer nooks and crannies clean is really an exercise in futility.

Space

Finally, space might be the most important consideration. If storage is an issue, take advantage of the brilliantly designed coffee tables provide not only design and function but areas of storage from overnight guest bedding, to family night game storage. Nesting tables are a wonderful way to add additional seating with the ingeniously designed benches tucked under the main table unnoticed until needed.

Two smaller, tables placed side by side could work better that 1 large bulky coffee table. Glass, or coffee tables designed with metal frames and feet take up less space both physically and visually; when space is at a premium.

Frugal Home Design Tips

In today’s economy, no article would be complete without a few frugal home design tips. There are ways to find deeply discounted furniture that you may not know about. Though these sources may need a bit of handyman touch ups you can find some great deals without compromising quality. These money-saving sources are:

    • Craig’s List – If you are living close to a military base, this is the perfect resource to find furniture for sale from families on the move who need to down-size.

    • Model Homes – Sometimes you can buy the furniture right out of the house, especially in new construction model homes that have sold most of their new home inventory. Rather than pick up and move that staging furniture, they will be happy to sell it at drastic discounts.

    • Furniture Store Scratch and Dent rooms – If the store doesn’t have a room with these slightly damaged rejects ask about their delivery warehouse. Awesome deals are found there, the only catch is you have to ask.

    • Storage Unit “Yard Sales” – Though storage unit shows have increased the publics interest in the practice of buying the contents of abandoned storage units, there are still storage managers that will hold yard sale type events selling furniture sets. Some of these sales are advertised in the local paper, others are not. You may have to visit or call individual storage providers in your area to find out when their next sale event will be.

  • Repurposing – With some imagination you can repurpose an old discarded piece of furniture to serve as a coffee table.

For some great photo examples visit the link at the bottom of this article.

So there you have it, before shopping for coffee tables, determine your design style, establish the living habits of those in the home and identify space availability. Using these basic buying guidelines you will find the perfect living room table for your home interior needs.

Home Study Interior Design

Due to the availability of resources on the Internet and the proliferation of lifestyle-themed shows on TV, more and more people find that studying interior design can be both practical and rewarding. Many people have innate talents in interior design, and all they need to do is engage in a course to hone these talents.

In the past, one had to move to a large city just to be able to enroll in a prestigious interior design school. This made it impractical for people who, even if they had the talent, did not have the means to move to the school’s area.

However, the Internet age has undoubtedly opened many doors not just for colleges and trade schools that offered on-line courses and extended their reach to the masses, but also for individuals interested in home study interior design courses.

With a home study interior design course, even people who could not afford to leave their jobs may study. In addition, those who need to stay home or are unable to commute now have the opportunity to finish an easy home study interior design course.

Which Home Study Interior Design Course Should You Choose?

You will be surprised at the wide variety of offerings a home study interior design course can have. Although it can be a bit overwhelming at first, a simple evaluation of the topics you are really interested in and of important factors involved in the home study interior design concept will help you arrive at the right decision.

The first thing you have to do is to make a simple list of home study interior design criteria. Examples of these are: How long will it take me to finish the course? What is the price of the course? What kind of degree or certificate will I be able to get when I finish it? How will I be able to use it?

Apart from these important considerations, you should also look into the school’s reputation, the faculty’s credentials, and the quality of education that it offers. Keep in mind that while there are high-quality schools offering home study interior design courses, there are also a few run-of-the-mill schools whose only interest is taking advantage of unsuspecting individuals.

If a school has a poor reputation or does not offer the particular course you are looking for, it’s not worth spending time and money on it. You also need to check whether the school has an efficient and reliable support system which you can depend on just in case you run into some problems while you are pursuing your home study interior design course.

A number of schools offer job placement after graduation, and this is something you may want to take into account as well. Studying is one thing, but engaging in something lucrative after taking the course is another. Hundreds of new graduates undoubtedly have a difficult time entering the workforce because of lack of experience.

Look into the specialties offered under the school’s home study interior design curriculum. There are quite a few differences between office, corporate, and home interior design, and it would be wise for you to decide on a particular area before you start on a program.

Interior Design Ideas for Contemporary Homeowners

Coming up with a good home design does not happen overnight, especially since this concept requires specification and time in order for you to achieve the look that you want for each corner, ceiling, wall, and other important nooks in your home. In this modern world, you can find various home interior design ideas, especially on the Internet. Most of these ideas can be easily accessed for free for you to use and implement so that you can successfully design and decorate your home with both elegance and class. Your home is one of your biggest possessions so it is just right that you want it to look best. Each corner will need proper concentration and in order to help you out, here are several interior design ideas that might be of help to you should you decide to give your house its much-needed touch-up.

Different Folks will Need Different Strokes

Spinsters and bachelors would certainly have different home design needs as compared to families, whether there are kids or none. There are many home interior design ideas that are suitable for bachelors and married individuals. Meanwhile, self-employed individuals and those who are working will also have different needs when it comes to house spaces. Since different people also follow varied hobbies, this should also be taken into consideration when coming up with a home design. Simply put, home design will practically depend on the status of the person who owns the house, as well as his or her way of life.

Setting and Furniture

As far as interior design ideas are concerned, the type of furniture that should be chosen will depend on the number of individuals living in the house and their particular age group. The kind of room should also be taken into consideration when coming up with a home design in order to identify the if there is a need to add or move fixtures in order to make the living area more comfortable, convenient and stylish. There are different color combinations that can be chosen for ceiling and wall in the different rooms in your house and if you want, you can also pick a particular theme that will best suit your home design.

Ask for Professional Advice

If you want to achieve the best home design, you always have the choice to get the expertise of a professional interior designer or home decorator. However, you should take note that you might need to spend some money in order to get expert recommendations and suggestions. Take note that good services will always call for equal compensation. It only goes to say that if you will be spending money on a classy and stylish living arrangement, you are assured that you will have a really worthy cause. But at least, you are given the assurance that even the tiniest details will be given attention and your dislikes and preferences will all be taken into consideration.

Top 5 Home Design Tips

Now, that the thought of giving a new twist to your home has struck you, explore new ways to add that welcome factor to your nest of love. Get inspired by these top five home design tips brought to you straight from secret diaries of the best interior designers:

  1. The Space Factor

No matter how much space you have, it is always wise to flaunt it rather than waste it on avoidable storage. Elevated bed with lengthened bed skirt is a combo pack for hidden storage and elegance for your bedroom. Be generous with shelving. Invest in units which are more in length than in width. Go for furniture pieces with varying heights, glass surfaces and mirrored table legs for the space factor.

  1. Abundant Lighting

When you are making lighting plans, your first step should be to find out natural source of light for your home. Pick up any area you want to accentuate, such as an artwork or a piece of furniture, and prepare a concoction of lighting sources to highlight it. A blend of long hanging designer chandelier, wall lamp and table lamp infuses an inviting wave in the ambiance.

  1. Play With Wall Colors

If you are blessed with space, don’t be afraid to go for bright colors for your walls. It’s best to pick up paints in shades of fire engine red, flamingo pink, tangy orange and even black for accentuating the focal wall of your living area or bedroom. However, for small spaces it is always wise to go for softer wall paints such as whites, creams and beige along with large windows.

  1. Mix-it-up Furniture

Don’t just throw away old pieces. With the trend of concoction ruling the furniture ideas, go for mix-it-up pattern. Place an iconic egg-chair in tangy color in front of an ordinary sofa set in neutral shade to experience a new wave in your living area. You can up-holster your grandpa’s vintage armchair in bold geometric prints and see it stand out in your a-la-mode drawing space.

  1. Ceilings Deserve Attention

Like your personality, your home too deserves to stand out and you can make that happen easily by drawing your attention towards the ceiling. You can also create a multiple layered ceiling by innovatively incorporating 3 D elements. Ever thought of choosing golden paint for your ceiling? Besides reflecting natural light, a golden ceiling adds drama to your space.

Already inspired by these home decor tips? Can understand your quest for trying these out for the dream home your soul has been longing for. Quickly jot down what comes to your mind on a piece of paper before you forget them. And if your imagination and budget requires more than a do-it-yourself task you can always look for professional interior designers in your city.

Cheap Interior Design Information

Before beginning any home interior design project, whether it’s a major redesign or just some minor changes to a room or two, gathering cheap and pertinent interior design information will help you with identifying all the new techniques and latest trends and organizing your ideas to create the look you want to achieve.

Cheap Interior design is creating a functional and appealing space through a room’s walls, windows and doors, lighting, furniture and furnishings. Online websites have a wealth of cheap or free information to assist you in getting started with your project.

One piece of helpful and cheap interior design information that can be found online actually addresses the very first step to any home project. Before a design project can begin, you have to remove the clutter from your home. Regardless of the tips you pick up from the data, they’ll do nothing to beautify a room unless the clutter is gone.

Cheap Design information that gives easy to follow steps on de-cluttering the home before starting an interior design project can be found online at Home Design websites. Among the suggestions are to minimize accumulation by proper organization. This can be done by deciding which items must be retained and which can be thrown out or given away. Then be sure to maintain this system on an ongoing basis.

Gathering as much information about interior design can really help a project run smoothly. With this cheap information, you can begin to formulate ideas for each room, set a budget and time frame, create a shopping list and begin to tackle the project.

Cheap Interior design information can start to get your juices flowing. It can offer you suggestions on what works in which room, which colors go great together and ways to enhance a room inexpensively. You’ll better understand how to incorporate color, lighting and texture into a room and also receive valuable tips on ensuring furnishings are in proportion with other things in a room for visual appeal. Pick up some excellent tips on do-it-yourself projects or room accents that the whole family can enjoy doing together.

Information from design professionals is a click away at Frugal Home Design. This cheap service provides thousands of room design ideas from professional home interior design decorators. Tips on choosing a cheap room style, arranging furniture for maximum appeal and numerous inexpensive accessorizing ideas are all available. The professional service, which features a team of design experts available to consult on your specific needs, is available at a price that is far below the cost you would normally pay for a professional consultation.

With the wealth of information available, designing your first home or redesigning the interior of your existing home becomes a fun and exciting and cheap project rather than a stressful chore. By combining your creativity with tips gathered from various cheap or free publications, your home interior design project is sure to turn out to be a stunning success.

Choose Furniture Pieces For Your Home Office Interior Design

Having your own comfortable yet stimulating home office to complete your paperwork, catch up on your correspondence, or browse the Internet is something that practically all individuals long for. Designing the interior furnishing for your home office exactly to your liking can be a simple task as long as you comply with some fundamental standards, like as the three that are presented in this article.

Select Job-Specific Furnishings

The elementary aspect of any interior furnishing is clearly the furniture pieces themselves. In selecting the furniture to go into your home office, you first must reflect on the nature of your work. If your line of work calls for constant utilization of a computer, purchase a quality computer desk that has a lot of storage space. Some occupations might require special forms of equipment or furniture pieces. Architects and designers, for example, will absolutely need to have a large drafting table or drawing board in their home office. Any articles of furniture that you pick out for the interior furnishing of your home office should perform some specific role. Most offices don’t have a great amount of extra space, so restrict the number of pieces of furniture that are simply for aesthetic purposes. You need to only choose articles of furniture that you absolutely need in order to perform your regular work activities. An ideal range of office-functional furniture can be found online at the chaise lounge site, which stocks a range of pieces.

Pick Inspiring Color Schemes

In furnishing your home office, you must think about color schemes. The color patterns of furniture and fittings that you pick out will have a significant bearing on whether you feel motivated to work while you are in your space. An interior design company will likely be able to assist you with this – see interior design north london for some examples. Lackluster colors, such as gray and black, for example, are almost always not suitable for working. Blue and white, in comparison, produces a feeling of balance and peace, and is accordingly a possible color scheme for your home office interior furnishing.

Expression View and Ideas Via Interior

According to the recent survey made most of the people are bored when they try to decide the ideas for redesigning of their home. There are many people who want to go for the decoration of their home but sometimes they feel restricted. The main reason behind is that they think what others will feel? But it doesn’t be in the same way. So for their assistance here some tips and ideas to make idealize home and this will help in deciding the interior home designs.

i. If possible go for funkiness in the life. Adopt a unique style; don’t just be an ordinary person. Give a damn to the traditional and society boundaries and other guidelines. Let your creative and personal thoughts to come out from your mind. It doesn’t matter what redesigning you are following, just go for a best possible color option which suits with the personality with the home. For example colors of the wall can be orange, pink or red. Don’t consider them as an ordinary option.

ii. For the purpose of seating, instead of using the plastic and simple stool and tables one can go for the redesigning of his own choice. One can go for the painting of the furniture with the bright colors so that they can attain an artistic looks. Seat covers can also be used, so that more comfortable look can be given. If a person is having a sofa then try to give it a funky look by making combination of the pillows of orange and pink color and hence make the room more lively. Always go for a perfect matching of the design with the theme of the room.

iii. If you are going for choosing the pillows for the bedroom then besides looking for the designs make sure that they are comfortable and can be fitted easily with the design of the room. Don’t think that you are going to have an ordinary look. Always keep in mind the color and its matching with the room. Some items can also be added in the room with can match up with the shocking personality of a person. Don’t just be limited in the imaginations. Don’t think of the society and go for a ravishing interior house design.