Home Decor Inspirational Sources

When looking to a source for interior decorating inspiration, be critical in a way that will help you to refine and define your own taste. When turning to the work of another designer for decorating ideas, carefully look at the room and consider the basics: floor, walls, ceiling, and overall ambiance. Do not focus on the details. When you are done, ask yourself these questions:

o How does this room make me feel?

o Is it too formal?

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Are the colors too light or too dark?

o Is the flooring too dark or would I rather have something darker and more anchored?

o Is the wallpaper/wall color intriguing or annoying?

o Is the furniture warm, dark, white, or colored?

o What do I like and or dislike?

Sources of Inspiration

Here are some sources of inspiration for home decorating ideas you may not have thought of:

Visit Design Models – Visit model homes, take home tours, or go to decorator show houses and check out the work of talented interior designers.

Design Shows on TV – Watch a few shows to see what you like, then visit their websites for project information on interior decorating ideas.

Museums, Auctions, Antiques – If you are interested in the period or antique furniture, visit the decorative arts departments in area museums and online interior design museums as well as auction houses, antique stores, and antique shows. This will help you become familiar with what is available on home decorating and educate you on the value of such pieces.

Interior Decorating Books and Magazines – Browse your local or online bookstore, library, or subscribe to magazines on home decorating. They will expand your knowledge of the design process and the materials and choices available to you as well as offering many interior decorating ideas.

Choose a Home Decorating Theme – Selecting an interior decorating theme is one of the easiest ways to decorate. Themes range from teddy bears in the baby’s room to pears for the kitchen. The list is limited only by your imagination. When choosing a theme for decorating ideas, consider hobbies, dreams, locations, and design elements in your home.

Choose a Decorating Style – Decorating styles provide a guideline defining which colors, textures, and elements to consider while excluding the things that won’t work. Common interior decorating styles include contemporary, Japanese, Tuscan, Mediterranean, and Country Ranch styles.

Research Online – The Internet offers thousands of links to online decorating tools, sites, and examples of home decorating ideas, as well as links to furniture manufacturers, color pallets, and wallpaper and fabric samples.

Fabric – The starting point for many successful decorating projects is a wonderful piece of fabric. Visit a fabric store for decorating ideas and get cuttings of everything that appeals to you. Be sure to stand at least 10 feet back from a sample fabric to get an overall sense of the design and color.

Decorating File – Keep a file of home decorating ideas with printouts, pictures, magazine clippings, and samples of fabric, paint, flooring, and paint.

Work with a Designer – Seek out a designer for a consultation, to complete a project, or for interior decorating ideas.

Books that will greatly assist you in this task

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We loved because: This book allows the reader to see what their style is and not only identify style but more importantly tell their story within their home! It also gives things to consider and gives troubleshooting solutions! It is truly an investment! 

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We loved because: Joanna encourages you to study the pictures to help you uncover your personal style and what you gravitate towards.

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We loved because: the author illustrates with both humor and helpful advice how to not lose your style just because you have children! 

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We loved because: would appeal to those who gravitate to homes with beautiful architecture and comfortable spaces . the color schemes he uses are soft and quite lovely.

Hope this was useful.

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Kimberly M. Stone is the owner of Adore Your Décor, an interior decorating firm specializing in interior redesigns and home staging, as well as offering full-service interior decorating. It also serves as the Feature Editor of http://www.MySpaceDesigners.com a resource directory for aspiring and professional interior designers. Review the tips on how to hire a decorator and take advantage of the network of professionals to locate professional, innovative designers for small space, residential, and/or commercial design projects.

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