Interior Decorating Starts with the Basics


Whether you just in moved or have lived in the house for awhile, decorating your living space takes planning. Hiring a professional decorator can be costly but worth it. Interior decorating is indeed an art and professional decorators sending many years honing their craft. Still, by understanding the basics of interior decor, you can transform your living space, learn from the experience and have some fun along the way.

Doing your own interior decorating and doing it well can be extremely rewarding. Decorating your space can also be a journey of self exploration and expression. Learning the basics of interior decorating does take some time but the effort will be well it.

When deciding how to change the look of a room, it is important to understand what is possible. Very often, what is possible is a function of what you can afford. An idea may seem perfectly feasible unless the changes exceed what you are willing to or able to spend. If you are planning to do the work yourself, the degree of difficulty is another important consideration. What looks good on paper may take more time or talent than what you can provide on your own.

If the goal is make the room more functional, are there structural changes needed or can the desired effect be accomplished by simply rearranging the room. While the concepts of feasibility, affordability and functionality are important things to consider, there are two factors that can trump all others. Most of us want a room that is both pleasing to the eye and comfortable. It seems to me that a great looking room falls short of the mark if it lacks a degree of comfort. Conversely, a room can be physically comfortable but aesthetically displeasing. For most of us, reaching a balance is the goal.

Lines and Shapes

Every aspect of a room and every piece of furniture includes lines and shapes. In most American homes, rooms are defined as box shaped, whether square or rectangular. Long, narrow rooms can be made to look larger by using design features that accentuate the opposite line. For example, a short wall can be made to appear longer by using horizontal lines. A room with a low ceiling can be made to appear taller by employing vertical lines. Curves can soften the appearance of a boxy room.

Colors Are Forever

Through the course of the average day, we are bombarded by a broad spectrum of colors. Whether the colors appear as man-made objects or in nature, our brain is constantly processing subtle hues and shades. The ever changing kaleidoscope of the world outside is muted once inside out homes. The colors we choose for a room will be there, not forever but for quite a long time. The choice of colors can have a profound effect on our mood and can be altered by changes in lighting.

Decor color is not limited to wall and ceiling color. Floor coverings and furniture can be used to accent or distract from the overall color scheme. Color should be considered in the overall decorating theme, which requires a sense of how different colors interact.

Focal Points and Scale

The advice given by many interior decorating professionals is to find the focal point of the room. In other words, what is the central point of attention? The focal point could be the center of the room with the furniture arranged in way that draws attention to the middle. Furniture that is too large for the room would be considered visually out of scale, even if there was space available for the piece.

As we can see, there are many things to consider when making the decision to redecorate a room. Reading a few books that cover the basics of home decorating can help to bring things into perspective and make your job easier and more enjoyable.