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How To Select The Right Interior For Your New Home

Posted on January 23rd, 2015

Tips on how to choose your interior style

how to pick room colorsCOLORS

When designing a room, be sure to choose a proper color scheme. Be aware of colors that work together and which will clash, so your room appears balanced and tasteful. In addition, you should avoid using lots of very bold colors in one room. If you have a neutral room, one great colorful accent piece can give the room style and a focal point for the eyes.

If your kitchen is small and you want to change that feeling, think about light colors. A nice off white or beige gives the room a bigger appearance, so will furnishings and accents in light colors. Dark colors tend to make rooms look a lot smaller.

Try using light colors like cream for the other rooms that you want to give a spacious look. This is particularly helpful when designing for a small apartment or a cramped room. If you choose the right colors, your space will feel light and open instead of small and cramped.


If you want a home office, the space needs to be functional. Comfortable furnishings such as chairs, tables and desks are important, as well as adequate lighting. Make sure you create a work space that you can see yourself working in.


Lighting is something that can transform a room completely. The whole mood of a room changes with sufficient lighting. Bright lights give off positive vibes, and work nicely in kitchens and bathrooms. In contrast, though, bright lighting can spoil the effect you’re shooting for if you want to make a room feel calmer and more subtle. In bedrooms and living rooms, use dimmer lights.

When thinking about using wall sconces, it is best to figure out the location, as you do not want to have to much clutter in the room. If you are putting sconces around a mirror you should give it enough space. The amount of surrounding space depends on the size of the mirror, so step back to consider all your options.

The amount of light that each room gets from natural or artificial lights is something you should always consider when working with interior planning. If a room doesn’t get much sunlight, using too many dark colors can make a room seem drab, uninviting and much smaller than it is. Use light colors to brighten up a room and give it the illusion of space that most people crave.


If you are creating a room for a child, think about what they would like and how they will see the space. This will help them to feel comfortable instead of designing the room the way you would like. Keep in mind their size, and make sure everything is accessible for them. Aim to view the room like your child would. Most importantly, make sure you eliminate possible hazards.

kitchen counters that workCOUNTERTOPS

When redoing the countertops in your kitchen, get creative. Granite is the number one choice, but there are other great options including cork or concrete. You may find these to be not only unique, but also easily affordable.

Countertops should be neutral colors and let one element in the kitchen be the focal point, like a backsplash or design element. How, and how much use a counter is going to get may help determine the material for the counters. Certain materials are lower maintenance than others and clean up spills with less staining.


When doing any interior planning, you should try not to make any of your rooms look cluttered. Going overboard on accessories or furniture could make a room look smaller than how it is. Instead, pick out just a few items to feature that will help you open space.


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Depending on the personality of the home and your family, you might be able to use some creativity when you are working with framed pictures. They are also a part of your decor. They do not have to be hung in a perfectly square manner. These can be placed in different angles for a unique effect. The contrast of these items to surrounding white space is often enough to change a room’s mood.

There are several schools of thought with picture frames. One is that all the frames should be matching and that the pictures will show better. The other is that the frames themselves have artistic value and all the frames should be different. The final decision may be based on the surrounding design elements. Most home owners will go with frames that are at least similar (like all black frames and white mats) to compliment each other.


Consider the design effect of using wallpaper on one portion of a room only. Redecorating your walls can cost a lot of money if you choose wallpaper that creates a very distinct look. Create a unique look and save money by being selective when choosing areas to wallpaper. Try wallpapering only the bottom half of a wall, and then use a wood or wallpaper border where the wallpaper ends to make it look finished.


A good trick and tip when decorating a home that is small is to incorporate the use of lots of mirrors. They expand the space and bounce available light around the room. It is wise to invest in a nice mirror near your entryway to begin your interior decorating project. Mirrors also do not have to be just one large mirror. Many designers mount smaller mirrors in patterns or groups to create stylish elements.

trendy home designTRENDY ITEMS

You will be very tempted to use trendy elements when you design. Save these for your accent pieces. They give a modern and stylish feel to a room, yet can be easily replaced later (when they become “so last year”). You do want to remember, though, that too much of something can be a bad thing.

For instance, if your pillows have leopard print on them, you can get rid of them easily when you want something else. If you use super-trendy items as staples in a room, it will be very hard to change the style without a complete and costly makeover.


Consider using floor surfaces that are reflective to get the most out of your natural light in interior decorating. White tiled flooring and hardwood flooring are two such examples of those that can be reflective in nature. Reflective flooring brightens interior rooms; dark carpets and woods absorb natural light.

For your floors, think about the traffic in the room and how each room will need to hold up under normal wear and tear. Also, think about actually cleaning the floors and what surfaces may be easier in different rooms. (Like having carpet in your entry area might require higher maintenance).


By incorporating the simple tips you just learned, there is no reason why you cannot assure your home has a great look while maximizing your interior’s lifespan. Your designer can help you select your colors, surfaces and even interior pieces. For more interior design assistance go here.

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