If you’re doing a major interior design project in your house, you can make it look fantastic. Even if you don’t have the money to hire a top-notch interior designer, you have everything you need to make your room reflect your personal style and identity. This article will reveal 5 tips that will make that room in your home perfect.
1) Know What You Want
Before you start looking at fabric samples, sit down and picture how you would want your dream room to look. Would it be awash in color? Are you thinking of a white bedroom? Take your personality into consideration when coming up with ideas. Are your aesthetic tastes sophisticated? Hanging up a print or two of a hot artist could liven up your living room. Do you adore animal prints? A dalmation-spotted pillow could be just the playful touch that your living room sofa needs.
2) Get the Hard Tasks Out of the Way First
When decorating your dream room, you might get carried away with decorative odds and ends that do nothing to bring the room together. Before you do anything, decide on the statement making pieces that will make up your room. Once you have that pinned down, it will become a lot easier to do all of your decorating work around those core pieces.
If you’re decorating your bedroom, ask yourself questions about the size of the bed and whether that size will make you and your partner comfortable at night. Then decide the statement that you want the bedspread and accessories such as lighting and end tables to make.
For the living room, figure out how many people you will need to seat on the majority of occasions and arrange the seating from there. Once that is done, you can look at fabric, style and color.
3) Figure Out the Room’s Mood
You don’t have to be knowledgeable about the history of interior design to create your own amazing room. You just need to know what type of mood you want it to convey. From there you can decide on a color palette, furniture styles and fabrics that will complement the look you want.
4) Become a Master Of Scale and Proportion
In order to become a master of scale and proportion, all you have to do is work with what you have. If you have a massive space for your bedroom, a smaller bed could give visitors the illusion of an even bigger room. If you live in a tiny studio apartment, putting in an enormous sofa would just make the surrounding space seem crowded and overstuffed. Interior designers have always used the space of their clients’ homes to create illusory effects that will have visitors in awe. Do the same to give your room the “wow” factor.
5) Don’t Even Think About the Accessories Until Everything Else Is Done
You may want to decorate a whole room around an art print you found online or a quirky lampshade you found in a thrift shop. Don’t do this. Once you have finished the preparation phase, you may find that your silkscreen print or your fun lamp shade no longer fits the room’s aesthetic. You do not want odd-man-out pieces floating around your room as it will make it seem crowded and scattered. Leave the finishing touches until the end.
Making that room in your home perfect is a lot more work than it may appear. But putting in a little leg work now will pay off when you get the compliments from loved ones and when you have a personal space that reflects who you are as a unique personality.
Jessica Kane is a professional writer who has an interest in interior design and home decor. She currently writes for Designer Drapery Hardware, a leading vendor of all types of drapery hardware such as rods, finials, and brackets
We’ve all heard of Feng Shui and how it can affect the flow and feel of a space, but what about in the bedroom and how it can affect your health and even intimacy? Did you know that pretty mirror on your bedroom wall could cause restless sleep or you and your partner to fight? According to the ancient Chinese method of Feng Shui, there are important rules to keep in mind to promote positive rest, relationships and energy. Here is a quick guideline from Dawn Rosenmayr’s Feng Shui master, Jennifer Bonetto of Real Feng Shui Solutions.
- Mirrors: Cover them up during intimacy and sleeping. They can cause couples to fight, restless sleep and bring an unwanted third party or affair.
- Headboard: Solid and high is the key and preferably made from wood. The bigger the better but of course keeping it in proportion to the size of the bedroom. The right headboard is good for overall support in life, including career support, and is also helpful for relationship and intimate encounters.
- Water Features: Ok, so maybe it’s just that annoying leaky faucet, but the bedroom should be free of any water features or water noise. It is disruptive to our physical bodies and can indicate affairs and negatively affect a couple’s relationship.
- Overhead Beams: Not only are beams unfavorable in the bedroom but the direction, number and where they land on the body can cause issues. Vertical beams directly over a couple while lying in bed that splits down the middle of them during sleep indicates the couple breaking up. Beams horizontal across the body and where they land on the body indicate the meridian that will be affected. For example, if they are over your head and stomach, you may be more prone to issues with digestion, headaches and reproductive organs.
- Bed Placement: Sleeping direction is important and should always be factored in because this can affect all aspects of health, wealth and relationships positively or negatively. Check this link to see what your good positions are. Keep in mind that even if your bed placement is based on one of your four good directions, if your feet are pointing to a long hallway or the door is adjacent to your bed, close the door at night to avoid chi or energy from disturbing your sleep.
- Color Palate: Always have soothing colors and be free of any bright colors or loud wallpaper that are too taxing on the system when the body is trying to rest. Color has been scientifically proven to negatively or positively affect the central nervous system.
- Electronics: If you choose to have a television, computer or stereo in the bedroom, it is best to cover these up during times of rest. Electronics emit electromagnetics fields and these emissions can affect your central nervous system over time.
- Spiritual Deities or Family Pictures: Spiritual deities that you consider sacred should not be in the same are where you are intimate. The same goes for family pictures. It’s very unromantic to be intimate with your partner and then suddenly catch a glimpse of a picture of your parents or children across the room.
- Shelving Above the Bed: Shelving units or cabinets above the bed is not only unsafe but it’s too oppressive, energetically, and can disrupt your sleep when you’re trying to rest.
- Skylights Above the Bed: During sleep the body is in a continual renewal process and the most important time for repair is between the hours of 10pm-2am. The light coming through the skylight is cold chi and can force your life-force energy to flow upward, which is not conducive to the repairing process. It can also negatively impact your sex drive. If you have a skylight in the bedroom just make sure to cover it up at night.