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How to start improvement of your home interior

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How to start improvement of your home interior
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We design our homes with love, however sometimes it is not enough to make them lovely and cozy. It looks like we paint walls in most beautiful colours, choose the most recent furniture pieces, stylish accessories but the room does not have its "face". It is obvious that something is missing but what is it? Here is some recommendation on how to create a harmonious home interior.

Room purpose, style and topic

You should start thinking about home interior not in a building material, furniture or curtain's shop which makes your head spin round but in a home corner where you want to make some changes or redesign.

First of all you need to think about the purpose of the space. The function can be more than one. For example, if it is the biggest family or guest room, you might require a special corner for reading, music and conversations. Perhaps even a working place? The needs of all family members are important here. As you will probably prefer to spend evening all together, perhaps you need a cozy space for a table to play games or a large space for home cinema in the evenings? Don't forget about the guests. You need to consider how often you will have them in your house and how often they will be coming.

If you have replied to these and similar questions then you can go ahead with choosing the room style and topic. Go through the interior topic magazines and try to find the style that you like most - traditional, modern, retro or perhaps even the tropical or eclectic one. Find out about it as much as possible so that you could decide whether it is suitable. You should not completely follow the style description, though some of advice could be definitely taken.

Interior design will be facilitated with a special topic (main idea of the room) which will be easier to choose if you have already made a decision on the style. For example, the tropic style will go well with the images of palm trees, animals, and village - domestic flower images.

It is easiest to choose an abstract topic, for example water, sand, forest or the sky. On the other side, the more specific topic (cars in children's room, grapes in the kitchen, sinks in the bathroom), the more individual the room. What is more, a specific topic narrows the search field of furniture and materials as well as facilitates the interior design.

Pattern and facture search

Various patterns (combinations of certain ones) and factures (small patterns, emphasizing the surface) in wallpapers, carpets, decorative cushions or even furniture brings expression to the space and emphasizes its mood. Whilst making its choice, only one rule is needed - consistency and measure.

The patterns should have at least one common colour. If you choose many and different colours as well as patterns for your room, it will be too much for your eyes looking over occupied and "heavy". What is more, the patterns will shade valuable artistic works and other room accents. Such a room will not be saved neither if you focus all valuable art works in one outer space as it will become the only centre of attention anyway.

Whilst combining the patterns avoid similarity as it creates unharmonious environment opposite to our expectations. It is best if the patterns differ in line sizes, surface or even the style. Design specialists say, that you will never go wrong if you combine flowered, striped or squared accents.

Facture is as important as the patterns. For a visual space it gives certain characteristics - for example, a soft, bright or shining fracture opens the feeling of an open and hospitable space, whereas soft, cottony or wattled canes - cozy and warm. The facture in interior is like a secret solution - not necessarily noticeable as soon as you enter the room, however once you get closer or touch it; you can get a pleasant surprise. When it comes to lighting, fracture is important, however artificial lighting, emphasizing each surface detail can make such walls delicately subtle.

Mirrors, paintings and flower plants not only bring aesthetic beauty to the space but also individuality. That's why the pleasant room details should be chosen without forgetting about your hobbies and necessarily chosen by yourselves. Foreign souvenirs, various artworks, candles or cactus collections can become a perfect room accent or even the start of conversation with friends. You can place decorative items not only in sections or book shelves but also enlightened niches or specially designed small shelves.

Of course, it is important how you place the decorative elements. It is not recommended to place those in a long horizontal line (especially if the details are small) - it is better to group those in a certain order or place in several. If you choose books on the fire place of a small table as an accent, it will be nicer if you go for uneven number - it will be nicer for your eye.

Your room will look more individual with family photos, child's paintings. You can place those in one large shelve or on the wall, constantly changing the exposition or traditionally - framing. Frames should be of a similar colour to join all the photos. You should find a place for exposition on one wall because if you hang them on all walls, the room will be too much filled with accents which will loose its oneness.

For a spacious room, search for bigger paintings or compositions, consisting of smaller items as small items will "disappear" on the wall. Larger accents will save even the small areas helping to visually expand them.

If you have no knowledge of accents complementing the interior, decide on a room topic or make experiments whilst searching for item location in a decoration space. The most important rule whilst choosing the details is not to purchase too many low value items. And even if you have purchased many its not a big issue as it is interesting to change the room details.

Language of colours

Yellow - stimulates memory, encourages efficiency, creates a cheerful mood.

Red - energetic, active, encourages love, passion, strength.

Blue - bright, pure, quiet, encourages openness, power, thinking, suitable for meditation and recreation.

Orange - informal, friendly, cheerful, interesting, lively, bringing energy, encouraging communication.

Green - restful, friendly, neutral, encourages harmony.

Violet - wealthy, restful, encouraging spirituality, creativity, helps to avoid sleeplessness (lavender).

Brown - neutral, relaxing, cozy, does not bring energy.

White - fresh, makes an impression of cleanness, sterility, down to earth and order impression.

Black - elegant, mysterious, stylish yet gloomy if it's too much of this one.

Grey - elegant, neutral, creates a cleanness impression.



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