As a home owner, you’re in constant project mode. Sitting on your couch after a long day, you inevitably start gazing around the house, looking for projects that you could check off your list.
There are no doubt things that you’ve always wanted to change about your home. The fact that you’re reading this blog post says that you’re ready. You’re ready to make improvements to your home, and finally have the finished project that you’ve always dreamed about.
The best thing is that with interior design projects throughout the home, you can do it in piecemeal if you wish, or you can go full out and do everything at once. The most important thing is that the end result, whether it’s one shot or spread out…is a home that you’re happy with and proud of.
Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do, and when to start because you get stuck in analysis paralysis.
By the end of this blog post you should be much closer to pulling the trigger and getting at least one of your interior design projects started.
#1 – Kitchen Design Tips – The kitchen is usually the hub of the home. It’s got an almost magnetic appeal to both household members, as well as guests. Therefore many people start their interior design planning in this area of the home.
Many improvements that you can make in the kitchen that can make a significant difference in not just the look of your home, but the value of your home as well.
New appliances, cabinets, and floor design are all major changes that will give you a totally new kitchen, and give you the opportunity to start from scratch and create the kitchen that you’ve always wanted.
That being said, simply adding a new paint scheme, refinishing cabinets, or adding new tile can make huge differences, with a smaller expense.
It’s vitally important that before you start your interior design planning, that you take into great consideration the habits of your household. Not doing this can lead to much heartache later.
#2 – Bathroom Interior Design Tips – You spend much more time in your bathroom than you might think. It’s your own private area where you can finally relax and unwind for the day.
Many people are not happy with their bathroom, but they’ll leave it the way it is simply because it’s just a room of practical nature.
Once you explore interior design changes that you can make, then you’ll begin to realize the significant difference that a bathroom that you absolutely love can make in the enjoyment of your home.
Adding an updated shower or tub can have significant effects. Innovative designs have changed the way we spend time in our bathrooms. Even simple changes like shower heads that spread a wide rain type of spray across the shower can make a difference.
If you’re dealing with a small bathroom that you feel you can do nothing with, then simply removing the tub, and installing a shower with glass doors can give you the affect of tons of new space.
Don’t forget about the effect that tile can have. Creating a spa atmosphere with stone type tile, or a crisp clean look with ultra white tile, can bring about the bathroom interior design changes that you’ve always wanted.
#3 – Living Room Design Tips – Living rooms are a huge part of the home. It’s the entertaining capital of your home. You wind your day down often in the living room in front of the television. Yet if you’re not happy with the design elements of your living room, that relaxation could be stymied.
Changing the color of your living room can totally change the mood. Just as well, the flooring in your living room has a profound look on the overall feel. Removing carpet and adding hardwood instead (light or dark) can give your home a more open feel. At the same time, going from wood floors to carpet can add a comfort that you may have been missing.
Your entertainment center is a major part of your living room. A wide screen television built into the wall can make a great change, as well as running wires through a wall to hide the cluttered look.
Other smaller but significant changes like molding and baseboards can be the icing on the cake in this important room.
#4 – Dining Room Design Tips – Your dining room can either be a room that gets heavy daily use, or like many it can be severely neglected. It depends on your family’s eating habits. Either way, you want a dining room that brings joy and comfort.
It’s important to first establish the look you’re after. Do you like a more traditional dining area, a modern dining room, or a sort of transitional feel? Once you know this certain changes can begin to come together.
Color changes make a huge difference the dining room and can be your chance to get creative. Getting the best use of space can be a challenge for many people. China cabinets, wine rack, etc. all compete for space. Solutions like built in cabinets can earn you elbow room and a freeing openess. Even little tricks like mirrors along one wall can go a long way for gaining perceived space.
#5 – Getting Through the Color Fiasco – Color sets the mood. This is why when choosing a color for a room you don’t have to get all up in arms and stressed. You simply have to make a decision about what mood each room is supposed to bring. You can then work off that, and then mix and match accordingly.
Generally you’ll want a relaxed feel in most areas of the home, so softer colors are always good for living rooms, and bedrooms. A dining room or kitchen could be a mix of soft colors and brighter splashes of color to raise creativity and stimulate socializing.
Color has great affect on mood and psychological triggers. Understanding first the mood you’re after before choosing your color scheme will make a huge difference in your stress over your choices for your interior design project.
One important aspect to keep in mind when deciding on colors and making the choices is the lighting in a room. Lighting will affect your colors. Your truest color will be in natural daylight, while different lighting types (incandescent vs. fluorescent for instance) will bring different shades and hues of your chosen colors out, which may change the entire affect. So you’ll want to test in the type of light that you have. Unless you’re doing a full-on remodeling job, then you can change your lighting around your color choice.
#6 – Fixing Up the Basement – Basements can often be one of the funnest rooms in the home for interior design. The reason is that it can be considered the mad room. You can basically create any space that you want down there.
You can turn it into a man cave, an office space, kids playroom, or a second apartment even. The choices are endless.
A couple of things that you may want to think about however are color and light. There’s obviously not going to be sunlight coming through so you’ll likely want lighter colors and plenty of light. Carpeting must also be resilient because you always risk flooding in this area.
#7 – Keep in Mind…Your Interior Design Project Increases Your Home’s Value – It’s no secret that when you make improvements to your home, you increase it’s value. Even little things can make a huge difference.
Some of the things we’ve talked about like painting, new lighting, new fixtures, opening space in the bathroom, and creating a dreamy kitchen can have a profound affect on the value of your home.
Many people get anxiety over the cost of their interior design project. However, if you do things correctly, and plan strategically, you’ll almost always recoup or profit from your investment. At the same time, you’ll be increasing the enjoyment you experience in your home, which can be priceless.
We can only hope that you now have a much better idea of where you’ll want to start your first interior design project.