Interior Decorating – Creating Rooms that are Comfortable and Functional

Interior decorating of a home basically begins with simple changes that can result in a large impact.  In fact, simply by changing the paint color of a room can make a dramatic change in the overall design and many times it can change the function within a space.  For instance, an office can be made into a nursery simply by applying a pastel color to the walls.  Other changes can include upgrading the furniture style, window coverings, floor treatments, and decorative accessories within a room.  It is very important to plan out decorative changes prior to visiting a store or shopping online.  For most homeowners, home decorating consists of adding items and making changes that reflect their own personal taste or style.  It is however, crucial to always keep the function of a room in mind when designed or changing the décor of a room.

Practicality of each piece of furniture and each accessory is crucial to getting the most out of your new design.  For example, if you are decorating a family room then you will need to choose furniture pieces that are comfortable and most importantly durable.  Family rooms are intended as a space where people can come and relax without having to worry about damaging fancy furniture or spilling a drink.  On the other hand, a formal living room or dining room can be decorating with fancier furniture such as a glass coffee table and items that are more appropriate for entertaining.  Even though a formal dining or entertaining spaces is only used periodically, the pieces you choose should still be highly functional and comfortable.

Textures within a space can also change the function of a room by making it more comfortable and inviting.  Choose plush rugs and linens to create a cozy environment in a television room where family and guests will want to take their shoes off and stay a while.  Formal rooms can also be made cozier by choosing upholstered furniture and floor coverings that are of soft and plush textures.  Carpet, window coverings, area rugs, pillows, throw blankets, and even lamp shades can all be purchased with a specific texture and color that can enhance the décor of a room while also keeping it functional for its main purpose.

When shopping for items that are going to come together to create a seamless design within a room you should always keep the overall design in focus.  Too much clutter can affect the function of a room.  Begin your shopping trip by choosing the largest and most functional pieces of furniture for the room.  Next add decorative items, textures, and colors that reflect your personal taste as well as the overall look you are trying to achieve.

Window Coverings Decorating with Blinds

Whether you are decorating for the first time or the thirty first time, adding blinds to your home can be one of the best ways to go about covering up those windows. The dilemma is this. You want the light to stream in through your home. You want the cold (or the heat in summer) to stay out. And, you must be able to have some privacy from those peeping neighbors. So, what can you cover your windows up that will give you all the advantages that you need? Blinds! There are hundreds of options to choose from. Fabric, wood, faux wood and even plastics can be used. Designs are really unlimited. In short, there are few products that can top blinds.

How To Choose Blinds For Your Home

How will you choose the right blinds for your home? With so many various types out there, you may be feeling overwhelmed. The fact is that you can limit your selections in several ways. In doing this, you will have found the perfect blinds for your needs. Here, ask yourself a few questions like these.

· Consider your need first. What do you want the blinds to do for you? Do you want them to allow light in? Do you want them to block light out? If this is the case, then you can find blinds that virtually blacken a room, perfect for those who are sleeping mid day or need a very dark space anytime of the day.

· Another thing to consider is your need for privacy. How much privacy do you need and want? There are several things to consider here. For example, some blinds will allow in rays of sunlight but will effectively block out the peeping tom’s in your area! Some will offer a wide selection of levels of privacy. Finding the right amount is necessary for each individual.

· Consider the room now. Many people like to put blinds throughout the home that are the same. The problem with this is, though, that unless all the rooms have the same design elements, it may not work. By making the blinds work with the room, you can create the allure of style, fashion, and taste better. For example, think about texture. You may be thinking of installing faux wood blinds throughout the home but is this going to match in texture to each room? Think about the texture, the color, the materials, and the overall look for the blinds you add to the room.

· Make sure to think about the size of the blinds. Do you want the blinds to extend over the window edge? Do you want the blinds to fit within the window frame? Or, you may even consider blinds that actually fit within the panels of the window itself for even more space savings.

Overall, choosing the blinds for your home should be like choosing the paint, the carpet, or the wallpaper that you put in a room. Consider all elements of the design and finished product so the finished result is what you want it to be.