I is for: Interior.
Interior design and designers interest me because creativity is constantly around.
I can appreciate those that can and do decorate confidently and have fun. I love that creative people can embrace a design idea and create a space based on that.
I move quite often as part of a military family and so I have to reinvent and redecorate my surroundings often. I decided that for the letter “I” blog challenge, I will share a few interior decorating tips that I use on a regular basis as I move and relocate every few years.
Useful Decorating Tips
Start: take time to collect your thoughts and ideas. Use a journal or an online source like Pinterest, or collect pictures from magazines for inspiration. Take your sketches or file bag to stores with you. Include measurements, floor plans or carpet/fabric/tile samples when you are shopping for the perfect color combinations.
Select and Respect: colors that you can live with and are not just trends. Although you can always repaint or buy new accessories, it is easiest to stay inside your comfort zone when you are on a tight budget. When selecting colors on the walls, take a step back with a squint. Chances are, if everything blends well in a squint then your colors will work well together. And by all means, consider those that you live with and their opinions. It pays to have everyone comfortable and in agreement with color and décor choices. You can always ease someone into your more unconventional or preferred style taste slowly.
Variety: Alternate soft and hard items in your rooms. Hard items are things like furniture, chests and tables, you know surface items. Soft items are items like plants, pillows, and cushion or upholstered chairs.
Recycle: To save money and time, recycle or reinvent the things you have. Paint, reupholster, or just discover a new use for an item you once used at a different location. Also, give your household goods a second glance in a new setting. Sometimes the change of space, lighting and a different wall color make your old things look new again.
Accents: Place items in groups of odd numbers. When hanging framed artwork- lower is better than higher. Eye level is good. Include lighting in different places for ambience.
Unique Style: Adding home décor items that are unique to your taste and style create a space with personality. Make your mark in the room by including unique, personal, or even odd items for comfort and conversation starters.