Wednesday, December 11, 2013
If you’ve got the budget and imagination for it, interior decorating can be a good extra-curricular project for you to undertake – there are few things more satisfying than completely transforming a room in your house (or all the rooms if you’re so inclined) and giving it a fresh new look.
Inspiration can come from anywhere: films, TV design programmes, magazines (celebrity, design or other). There are no rules in this area, though you may want to consider the knock-on effect of those lime green walls and black-and-white checkerboard linoleum when it comes to selling the house, if you ever intend to. Also, you may want to encourage repeat visits to your home from friends and family, which won’t happen if your décor looks like a giant’s thrown up some Skittles all over the house.
A popular style of décor currently is inspired by the opulence of French design from the 16th and 17th centuries before the aristocracy was overthrown in the late 1700s. The style in some ways mirrors British style from the same period (examples of which can be seen in almost any National Trust manor house property), with plush furniture, ornate carvings in table and chair legs and backs and high-quality finishes. Colour-wise, the style favours light pastels like pinks and blues, making it ideal for a bedroom in which you want to evoke a peaceful atmosphere.
If you don’t want to go for a complete remodeling of a room, you can just invest in a couple of pieces of furniture instead – just two additions or changes can make a massive difference and totally change the feel and look of a room. Adding an option from the varied ranges of French chairs that are available from a range of retailers both instore and online to sit by the window as a reading spot is fine, but why not combine that with a new dressing table or a four-poster bed to evoke the luxurious personal apartments of Louis XIV?
Equally, you can go for different styles, like English country rustic or a slick ultra-modern shiny look – the choice is entirely yours, it just depends what sort of thing you like (but if you’ve got young children or are thinking about having children, it’s probably best to try and ensure that your rooms are suitable for them and won’t be completely ruined if they spill something or stain anything).
The most important thing to remember when you’re planning your new décor is to set a budget and stick to it (though you can give yourself a bit extra for contingencies) – this way you won’t find yourself spiralling down a black hole of despair and debt because you wanted to spruce up the kitchen. Equally, if you’re not sure about exactly what sort of pieces you’re looking for, it can be worth your while to hire a professional designer who can take the style you want to see in your home and then make it as close to a reality as possible.
Whether you want to turn your home into an English cottage or a slick, modern bachelor pad, there are hundreds of design and furniture options available – all you have to do is (somehow) choose between them!