Interior Design

Explore different home interior design ideas

Interior design professionals are expensive to hire. By learning some basic design principles and applying your own good taste and creativity, you can save literally thousands of dollars while adding a distinctive personal signature to your home's decor.

Generating Interior Design Ideas

Do-it-yourself interior design gurus emphasize the need to build up a base of ideas to draw from. Begin by browsing through modern interior design magazines and other home-focused periodicals. You should check not only the images in relevant articles, but also the advertisements. Clip out and save any images your eye is drawn to. Make sure not to overlook any rooms in your home – collect bathroom and recreation room images just as carefully as living room, kitchen and bedroom pictures.

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Your library of clipped-out images will help you come up with countless interior design ideas. From there, just choose your favorites – which, of course, will combine design sensibility with feasibility and affordability – and use them as your models going forward.

Basic Home Interior Design Principles

A working knowledge of home interior design techniques will also be of great help. In addition to drawing from solid examples found in interior design magazines and online sources, you should also think about the relationship between the layout of the space and the way the room will be used.

There are several evergreen principles that apply to every room in your home. First, consider how frequently the space will be used, and who is going to use it. Do you have pets? Young children? Frequent guests? If so, these will affect your decisions.

Use sketches or interior design software to generate room plans, including the dimensions of the room, the positions of all windows and doors, and the places where you expect to put major fixtures or furniture pieces. Software programs make invaluable interior design assistants, since they allow you to shift and reconfigure with the click of a mouse.

Choose a focal point in each room. In your living room, the focal point is typically your main sofa/coffee table combination. Kitchen islands and kitchen tables are popular focal points, and bedrooms tend to be built around the bed and night tables.

Use color wheels to expand your understanding of color harmony. Experts also recommend repeating the main color throughout the elements in the room; for example, the color of the wall paint or wallpaper should also be used in the furniture, either as a direct match or a closely related variant. There are endless possibilities, but if you apply these principles, you can create an arresting arrangement that's sure to draw praise from family and friends alike.