Whether you have just moved into a new home, or you are in the process of building your dream house, or perhaps it is an investment property that you want to make as attractive as possible: the interior designing can be one of the most exciting aspects of your new home and you should make the most of the opportunity. Here are some ideas to help inspire you to decorate your home to impress.
It’s one of the most essential aspects of the design and feel of your home. Depending on what is already there, you need to decide whether you want to rip up the old carpet and find out what’s underneath, polish and maintain those gorgeous wooden floors, or lay down new carpet.
Wooden floors look great but remember it can make the house a little cooler come the winter months, and you do need to be careful to maintain the polish and watch out for high heels and scuffing. At the same time, you no longer have to be afraid of staining the carpet, and wooden floors can add character to a home without being too overpowering.
When selecting carpet, think about whether this will be the same throughout the entire house, and decide whether you want to make a statement or keep it neutral. Blood red carpet could look fabulous but will limit your choice of other furnishings. A tan colour can be the easiest to maintain and will work well with most other colour schemes.
Are you going to paint or will you use wallpaper?
Wallpaper has been making a comeback lately and there are some really exciting trends that could help you with inspiration for the overall look of your house – so don’t scratch off the possibility straight away.
Of course if you have quite a damp house or you are planning to use wallpaper in the bathroom, just remember that too much moisture can cause wallpaper to peel – which is not an attractive look anywhere!
Painting means you will be able to redo the walls at any time in the future and not have to worry about what’s underneath. It can also provide you with a great canvas for hanging artwork or prints if you so wish.
Painted walls are also easier to refresh if you want to keep your property investment looking cutting edge – you won’t have to worry about stripping off old paper, or not being able to find the same colour to match.
One of the most exciting aspects of your home decorating! Shop around, research online and head to old auction houses or boutiques because you never know where you might find your signature couch or other piece of furniture.
If you wanted to be particularly creative and perhaps your budget is a bit tight, you can go on the lookout for cheap chairs and other furnishings that you can then paint or do-up yourself.
They may not match each other perfectly, but you can add your own touches so that they flow anyway; for example, you could use the same fabric on all the dining chair cushions even though all the chairs themselves are different. They will look like part of a deliberately eclectic set.
If you don’t want to go full on with the walls, floors and furniture, choosing a few statement pieces will help make your home look fabulous. You might opt for a gorgeous rug, a large antique mirror, a signature art piece, a bunch of cute prints or perhaps even an oriental screen of some sort.
Lighting, curtains, bookcases and other such basic items can also provide an opportunity for you to wow your visitors. It isn’t often that you redecorate so you really need to make sure you use this opportunity the best you can!
Now, this may not count as interior designing, but it is what you will see when you look out of your window every morning. Why not create a fantastic view if you can?
Spending time designing the garden doesn’t just have to be for visual pleasure, but can be functional as well – having your own herb garden can be very practical and will save you time and money.
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