Home decoration is the art of decorating
a room so that it looks good, is easy to use and function wells with the
existing architecture, The goal of home decoration is to provide a certain "feel"
for the room, it encompasses applying wall paper, painting walls and other
surfaces, choosing furniture and fittings and providing other decorations
like artefacts and sculptures. There is a very thin line between designing
and decoration. Interior decoration is generally focused more on finishes,
such as wall paper, paint, window covering and furnishings. Interior design
leads to be more integrated with the architecture and might also be involved
in room layout, cabinet designs, windows and door placement and so on. But
whatever is the term, one thing in common is the Design ideas, without which
none of the above is possible.
If you love the wide open spaces and want the light and airy atmosphere,
here are some tips on achieving that sense of spaciousness in your rooms.
- To create a feeling of largeness in your room, eliminate the shadows that
tend to slice a room up into smaller spaces. Work on lighting the room with
a soft, even light. Avoid ceiling lights as they tend to make the ceiling
feel lower. Diffused, ambient lighting will tend to enlarge the room.
- Keep the surfaces free of heavy textures. Smoother surfaces tend to
reflect more light and make the room feel larger.
- Avoid heavy textured flooring. Choose tile over patterned or textured
carpeting. Reflective and shiny surfaces such as mirror and chrome also
can be used effectively.
- Soft colors and monochromatic color schemes. Use cream, beige, gray
or cool pastels on your walls and floors to make them recede. The
ceiling should always be the lightest color in the room.
- Limit the use of patterns in the room to create a more airy feeling.
A typical application of a pattern might be to reserve it for an accent
- Selection and placement of furniture in a room is crucial in defining
the space. Keep the largest pieces against the walls whenever possible.
- Choose furniture colors that are the same or similar to those
selected for the walls and floors.
If you want a cozy and comforted ambience, here are some points to consider
a more intimate space.
- Create spaces through the use of directed light. Lighting from the
ceiling will seem to lower it. A reading lamp or down-shaded lamp will
cast light only in its relative vicinity. Use incandescent rather than
halogen or florescent lamps for a warmer glow.
- Choose strong colors for your walls and floor. They will tend to
bring them in closer towards one another.
- A dark floor with walls of brown or deep red, blue or green tones
will help create the feeling of a smaller, cozier space.
- Heavy, soft textures add warmth to a space. Use rougher textures for
the hard elements in the room; iron instead of chrome, brick instead of
- The use of pattern in a room can also lend a sense of coziness to the
space. The subject of mixing patterns in a room will be covered at some
- Choose dark finishes and fabrics to create a sense of the piece being
larger than it actually is. Heavy textured fabrics and large patterns
will add a cozy feeling to a sofa or chair.
- Place pieces away from the wall and use tall pieces to divide and
define smaller spaces within a room for greater intimacy.
The corners of our rooms can be decorating assets or just a boring space.
With a little imagination you can make the corner space work for you and
create a beautiful area in your room.
- The void corner of the room can be fill with natural or artificial
- An uplight addition will give a beautiful look.
- Pedestals of varied sizes look good in corners.
- A table top with a beautiful fabric and a couple of chairs to each
side with coordinating fabric on the seats can give a very dramatic
look. Add a lamp, your favorite pictures and collectibles for a gorgeous
- A corner cabinet or hanging cupboard is a handsome solution and adds
needed storage and display areas as well.
One of the most important basics in decorating a small space is to purchase
furniture that does double or triple duty for storage. Purchasing multiple
purpose accessories and furniture allow options that give your living space
character and flexibility.
- Sofa cum bed : A sofa for your living room area might contain a bed
for yourself or unexpected visitors.
- Tables containing drawers or shelves give you other options further
- Bookshelves with or without doors, can be appropriate for
entertainment centers, home offices, kitchen storage or bedroom storage.
- Bathroom storage units are great for under sink storage. These units
increase your storage capacity in a small area.
A well-decorated room can still lack personality. To give your room a
personality, choose from among these basic design elements, modify them to
suit your tastes and implement them in a way which is just right for you.
- A Theme - A 'themed' room says something about you, the
person who has done it, your family or the place where you live. A theme
will also provide you a place to showcase your collections, prized
possessions, arts and crafts.
- Artifacts - A piece of artistic value will always give your
room that special touch you have always wanted. It can add texture and
depth to a room.
- Collections - It is the most effective way to display your
collections in a special arrangement. Whether you collect shells, dolls
or trinkets, arrange them tastefully instead of just lining things up in
a row. Lining things looks even worse when objects are small in size.
Instead, group them together to project variety within your collections.
- Color - Color does not get limited to painting the walls of
your room. Use colors that make you feel good about them in fabrics,
linen, pillows, shelves, curtains etc. Blend colors to suit your style.
- Fabrics - Add fabrics to liven up your room with a print that
contains the color of your upholstery. To maintain harmony in colors,
use the same accent at least thrice around the same room.