Are you constantly amazed by the stunning interior design jobs of popular designers? Do you wish that you could achieve the same effect in your own home but you're at a loss for what you can do to make your house look like something out of a magazine? What is interior design at its core and how should you think about interior decorating when it comes time to get rid of the old and start thinking about redoing the inside of your home?
Interior design is all about creating a feeling or mood using colors and textures in the form of materials that you might find in a house such as furniture, appliance, lighting, the paint on the walls and the floor covering under your feet. If interior design wasn't important you would be walking around on plywood floors and putting your clothes in cardboard boxes. But interior design is important to you. Even the most uncaring person on the face of the planet wants a somewhat pleasant surrounding to spend his or her spare time in, thus we have interior design.
One important element that we often forget about when it comes to interior design is that the inside of your home should reflect who you are and what is pleasant to you. Your home furnishings and the colors that you choose to surround yourself with should be pleasant for you and your family. They should say something about your taste, perhaps where you are from in the world as well as the image that you might want to project to visitors that come to spend time in your home. You could hire the most expensive interior designer in the world to plan and execute a complete makeover of your home but if there isn't input from you, what you like and what makes you feel calm and happy then you very well might not be happy with the outcome.
For instance, let's say you allow someone else to decorate your home. Perhaps this designer is into modern furniture and design. They fill your home with modern furniture and the color scheme is black and white. But you grew up in the country and you love that style of furniture and home decor. You would be shocked to walk into your home and find yourself surrounded by glass tables and a minimalist design with stark white walls and abstract art on the walls. This is why you should dig deep to discover what you like and why. What kind of mood are you trying to create and what message are you trying to tell about yourself?
The design of each room should actually be taken into consideration when thinking about remodeling or decorating. While it's nice to have a general theme or style throughout your house, each room has a different function and mood and thoughts about that mood should be unique for each room. For instance, the colors or even accent colors that you would use for a formal dining room might be completely different than a bedroom. The lighting scheme and general ambiance for a living room where you entertain guests would be different than a den or study where things might be more informal. You might even want to mix and match styles in different rooms that are more private to give yourself a bit of variety in your life.
The choices are endless and the possibilities are only limited by your own imagination. Interior design is all about who you are and what makes you feel comfortable and peaceful. Get in tune with what colors, textures and styles bring out the emotions that you wish to experience in the different rooms in your house. Understand and feel those emotions when you look at photos of different homes that you like and discover how you can transfer those emotions or moods into your own interior design and you'll be well on your way to creating the home that brings you comfort and relaxation as it was intended.