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Designing Your Homes With Modern Day Ideas

Feb 28, 2008
Designers have long realized the need to bring nature into the home or just about any space that needs softening up. Be it a large or small room, the earthy look makes a space look inviting and pleasing to the eye. Many of the furniture and crafts from Asian countries make good accessories or center pieces for a space and it also makes them blend in with the room itself. Warm subdues colors for the walls and the ceiling makes a bedroom rather restful and a pleasurable place to be in inviting one to take it easy. For work spaces, stick to lively brilliant colors to bring out the exuberance in people encouraging creativity and keeping them active. Pastel colors never seemed to loose appeal for their soothing effect on anybody seeing them so use them for children's play areas and rooms to get them rested and calm.

Add bamboo or rattan furniture from tropical stores that are offered in many shapes and sizes to fit in your room. As with all approaches to designing, never over-do a space with too much decor and avoid clutter as much as possible to maintain a clean look.

Interior design is a good thing to do when deciding on what to do with your own space. All you need is a little imagination, time and some elbow grease, but things do tend to get out of hand in some cases. Small rooms crammed with too much stuff tend to look smaller than they are so the best way to approach it is to make a plan. As with any project, a plan is essential in gauging the progress in attaining a desired result. Oh, and the plan, you can revise it and you can add to it but make sure you stick to it for that is what you had initially set out to do and the initial design incorporated that. People succumb to the craving of this might look better or this is much better ending up with project that is over budget, taking too long and wasting materials and supplies in the making, re-making, and again re-making of a certain aspect that goes around in circles.

If you choose to go with a modern theme, you'll want vibrant and bold colors in your home decorating fabric. Usually, when you go with a modern theme, the rooms are big and spacious and the concept is "open." This is meant to draw your attention to the room's details, including the fabrics used. The walls are usually done in light or cool colors.

Another popular home decorating theme is Oriental. With this, use elephants, Chinese dragons, screens and fans. This makes the room visually interesting and unique. The colors used are rich red, coral, jade and ivory. The Oriental theme usually uses silk as its fabric, and the rich colors stand boldly against the dark woods recommended for Oriental furniture.

For a more subdued "country" theme, choose light-colored woods, crisp fabrics such as linen, and light colors, perhaps accented here and there with dashes of dark red or blue throw pillows, for example. You can also choose sturdy knotty pine and rough tweed and denim fabrics for a more rustic look.

When you use home decorating fabric, you are putting icing on the cake, basically. The furniture you add complements the colors you use. In addition, the window treatments you'll use also fit within the theme, using these same colors.
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Jon Caldwell is a content manager. Much of his articles can be found at http://allaboutinteriordesign.net
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