Once you have bought your own home, isn’t it a joy to behold? Yet you are just halfway through your journey. There is much more to do to beautify your new abode. But with little money left, you might be wondering what you can do to turn this structure into a place that you can consider home.
There are so many magazines and online sites that feature interior design tips these days. But when you take a careful look at all these guidelines, you will notice that they are all interconnected to each other. There are common elements that need to be considered when designing or even when remodeling a home.
To start designing your own haven, here are the fundamentals –
Minus the Budget, Then DIY
DIY or do-it-yourself has become a common term these days. More and more people are now applying the DIY philosophy into their lives, yet its application is best seen in home improvement.
The Internet, some cable channels and home fashion magazines all contain usable information that you can apply right in your own home. Yet you have to remember that even the biggest DIY enthusiasts often get their knowledge online or through their readings. Even professionals get some input through their readings.
So the first basic rule? Read and read some more.
Define Your Taste
Of course you need to know what style you find suitable. With a little research and spending ample time to peruse pictures, you will soon find out what styles catch your fancy. If you have to tear out pages from magazines in order to inspire the theme for your new home, then do so. Take these torn out pages during your shopping expeditions so that you will be directed towards your style preference.
The most economical way to change the atmosphere in any room is to paint it. Find a color that will be the foundation for the rest of the interior design elements. You can be minimalistic or you can add a little sophistication as you go along.
The color that you choose now will dictate what style will form later so you have to choose well. Take into consideration your personality, the size of the room that is going to be painted and the function of the room. Remember that warmer colors create an illusion of a more cramped space while the opposite is achieved with light colors.
Keep Costs Down
When you have a limited budget, then your only recourse is to work with whatever money you still have. Go to garage sales, flea markets, bargain shopping areas and other such shops that offer discount shopping.
Consider the size of the room that you are designing before you begin shopping for furniture. Remember that oversized furniture can make small rooms appear a lot smaller. The lesson here is to find accurately-sized furniture for your home. If you don’t have the budget to buy at the moment, then have your old ones reupholstered.
Working with an Expert
Hiring a professional interior designer does not mean being left to sit and watch from the sidelines. If that place is the last place where you want to be, then get up and start volleying ideas with your designer.
Hiring a pro also does not automatically mean paying a lot. Working with a professional interior designer is a collaborative process. While not all designers like this setup, you need to be very clear from the start with regard to your role in the whole design concept and your budget. Tell the designer that you will not nod if you do not feel like nodding. Understand also that personalities and human qualities will come out during the design process so you have to find out whether you and your interior designer would click.