How to think like an Interior Designer

Beautifully decorated interiors function well and create a mood that shows the personality of the family that lives there. Decorating is more than creating a lovely space — it's making a room that really works for you. Here's how to do it, element by element:

Create Harmony. Do your research to discover which style elements, colors, and textures you are drawn to. Use websites such as Houzz or Pinterest to create your own idea books. Write down a design concept and color scheme for your space and select all the rugs, paint colors, and fabrics together to create a cohesive plan. 

Scale & Proportion. A floor plan is the foundation for a successful design project. Start with creating the furniture layout, considering traffic flow and conversation areas. Be sure to balance high and low pieces as well as heavy and light ones around the room.

Add function. Find ways to add function. We added an entry table to this awkward space at the foot of the staircase to provide a place to toss keys and mail. Bonus: It’s pretty!

Create a focal point. Sometimes rooms have natural focal points such as a fireplace, a window with a view, or maybe even a built-in bookcase. If the room doesn't have a natural focal point, create one with a piece of art or an area rug. 

The furniture. Determine whether the furniture satisfies the functions for your space. If a piece isn't working or if it's too large or too small for the size of the room, get rid of it or trade it for something else that may be more appropriate.

The lighting. Lighting should be selected for the room's functions and for visual appeal. Every task will require either direct lighting from a lamp or indirect lights that simply brighten the room. Accent lighting enhances texture, color and room details.

Finally, put your personal stamp on a well-planned room by 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. Place accessories on walls, mantels, furniture, tabletops and floors; they can be paintings and photos or pillows.
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