give me some ideas on interior design



We all want our homes to look like they belong in the latest design magazine title, but coming up with the right ideas is difficult at best. If you want to get your design idea off the ground, but you’re not sure where to start, these steps can help.


Your Budget Is Key


Any project starts with a basic budget, and whether you have enough money to redesign your entire home or you just have enough for a quick bedroom makeover, you can’t get started until you’ve taken the time to think about how much you want to spend. Because the sky is truly the limit with interior design, consider how much you can realistically set aside for the project. Don’t forget to think about every aspect involved. Skipping important, yet small, expenses like the cost of paint brushes, drop cloths, or even throw pillows could really throw off the whole project. Moreover, reaching your maximum budget in the middle of implementation might leave the project incomplete, giving you less than stellar results. Start with a number, and ensure every aspect of your plan fits within that number.


Take A Look At Other Projects


As you begin to think about what you want, don’t hesitate to look at what other people are doing. Often we get our best inspiration as the result of a seed planted in our minds from another person’s ideas, and there are lots of great ways to fire up your imagination. Design magazines or the Homes section of your local paper are one good place to start. Understanding what others around your area and around the country are doing may help you better define your goals. A trip to an interior designer’s shop may also help. There you can look at samples of all kinds to better understand what is available to you. Online photos may also help. Many interior designers have fairly extensive galleries on site, and design forums typically have a place where users can post pictures of their latest projects. All of these can add up to big ideas for you.


Define Your Needs – Decorating or Design


After you  understand what you have to spend and you have some ideas, it’s time to start defining exactly what you want to do. If you want to change the design of a room or your entire home, you’re working with the carpeting, the tile, and the overall look of the room. It could even involve remodeling at some point. If you just want to change the décor, you’re working on a topical level. You may add some new furniture, change some of the pictures on the wall, or work with the color scheme a bit. If you are going the design route, you may want to consult with a professional interior designer. Because your project will be more extensive than a simple redecoration, you could make some costly mistakes if you don’t connect with a professional at the outset.


Finding The Materials


When you start to put your project into motion, it’s time to start shopping, and there are lots of great ways to get the materials you need, even if you’re on a budget. Take a look at closeout shops to get some good deals on great new merchandise many of the larger brands no longer consider part of their current product lines. Consider treasure hunting in antique shops or flea markets to get some great prices on used pieces that you can restore. Don’t forget about places like estate sales and moving sales as you shop. Online options like auctions and Craigslist may also give you a few other places to look.


Finishing the Project


The materials are the key, and once you have those in hand, you’re ready to move to the finishing stages. Begin pulling your idea together one step at a time, and you’ll have a room you love.

Copyright - Judy Goldwater & Innovative Room Design 2010