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Homeowners Tips For Residential Interior Design

Aug 17, 2007
Residential interior design should be looked at differently than commercial interior design. While people spend much of their time at their jobs, the home is the place where they go to feel comfortable and safe. Edgy design applications suitable for a business or workplace might not do so well in a home. This is, however, up to the individual person.

Many people like an exciting design choice in their homes, whether it is an unusual color choice or themed decor. In the end, interior design choices are defined by the individual tastes and lifestyles of the people living in a given home.

When choosing residential interior design options, consider who will be using a room and what it is ordinarily used for. A room that plays host to only adults can have more exotic and fragile objects than one that is regularly used by children and pets. A light-colored carpet or silk throws would, for instance, be unsuitable if children are going to be using the room. They will be ruined within a few months, no matter how careful you are.

A living room can have a more vibrant design than a bedroom, which is where most people go to relax and feel comforted at the end of the day. Strong tones, like red, are generally to be avoided in bedrooms.

Residential interior design should encourage easy movement throughout the room, but not allow it to feel like a hallway. One of the key examples of this design idea is the triangle arrangement in the kitchen. Major appliances and sites such as fridge, stove, and sink are arranged in a triangle so that there is little unnecessary walking needed to reach them. This also makes it less likely for two cooks to get in one another's way.

By paying attention to the wants and needs of the people who live in your house, you can succeed in residential interior design in your home. Go through the house and decide what purpose each room serves, and what design schemes would best complement that purpose.

Make a plan for decorating each room, including the measurements of the room and any furniture you plan to keep in it. You can include catalog pages and color swatches in your plan, and take them to the store when shopping. This way, your design choices will be sure to balance one another when they are finally arranged in your house.

Planning and attention to your wants and needs are important in successful interior design. With just a little care, you can create a stimulating and restful environment in your home that will appeal to everyone.
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Lee Dobbins writes for Decor8ting - Home Decorating Ideas where you can get more decorating tips and find out more about residential interior design .
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