A beautifully designed interior not only functions well, but it creates a mood, that shows off the personality of the family, living in the house. While decorating, if we keep the following three things in mind, the final results will be charming, functional and a decorating success.
First thing you need to do is to look for the things in your house which make you happy or interest you, and you are planning to keep them in your house. This will give you color cues and perhaps a clue to the mood you are looking for in your home.
Design & Decor of a room not only make it look beautiful, but also add functionality to it, so it work’s for you.
Here’s how to do it.
The focal point: Sometimes rooms have natural focal points, like; a fireplace, a large window with a view, or else. If the room doesn’t have a natural focal point, create one with a piece of art or a colorful area rug.
The furniture: Make sure furniture used in that room, satisfies the functionality needs of that room. For example; seating is too large or too small for the size of the room, get rid of it or trade it for something else around the house that may be more appropriate.
The lighting: Every room requires two types of lighting. One to satisfy the functionality of a room, and other to set the mood of that room. Direct lighting, like a lamp may add functional lighting and indirect (diffused) lighting simply brighten the room for setting its mood. Accent lighting — floor spots, track lighting or recessed spotlights — enhance texture, color and room details.
The furniture arrangement: Generally, the main furniture pieces are directed toward the focal point, keeping the major traffic patterns open. Fill in with pieces you’d like to have that may or may not be available now. Be sure to balance high and low pieces as well as heavy and light ones around the room.
The mood of a room is set by your choice of colors, the style of furnishings, the amount of texture and pattern you choose and your accessories. However, the lighting plays a huge role in setting the mood of a room.
Here are few things to keep in mind, when setting a mood of a room.
The inspiration piece: The easiest way to decorate is to start with some inspirational piece. A decorative pillow, a magazine photo, a picture from internet are good places to begin. Your inspirational piece must makes you feel good. It’s the basis for selecting your theme, colors, patterns and textures.
Theme: Describe your inspirational piece and all sorts of supporting ideas will come to mind. Floral theme will bring greens, floral colors, formal fabrics, dark furniture, dark accents all fit the garden/floral theme.
Color: It’s best to choose three colors in a room; a dominant color, used for walls, carpeting and fabric backgrounds; a secondary color, found throughout the room in fabrics and accessories; and an accent color, used sparingly to give energy and excitement to the room.
Patterns: Stripes, checks, florals and plaids are just a few of the patterns to consider as you continue supporting your theme.
It’s all right to mix patterns as long as you do three things:
- Keep the background color the same.
- Make sure all patterns share the same colors.
- Vary the scale or sizes of the patterns.
Texture: Too many of the same texture becomes tiresome. Use variety to keep the room interesting.
Furniture: Aside from being functional, your furniture plays an important role in supporting your theme. Some pieces may function well but their style or color may stick out like a sore thumb. If possible remove it from the room, or try to cover them with an interesting peice of fabric.
Adding a personality to a room, means defining it with a touch of YOU.
Accessorizing: Pictures, vases, pillows and area rugs are all integral parts of a great decorating plan. Generally, they should support your theme, but allow more flexibility here; an antique picture frame could add wonderful variety to a contemporary room.
The unexpected: Anything unexpected also makes the room interesting and gives it a personality. Like, a wall papered ceiling, Stripped wall, a bright colored floor or a floor vase with a giant pine branch in a modern room.