KindaChic.com Provides Tips For Understanding the Rules of Home Interior Design

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What tips are available to aid the home owner for navigating the substantial amount of home design style stimuli?

A smart design might be a room painted in subdued colors that can easily be augmented or updated in small ways by the current décor trends.

When a new home needs interior design attention or an older home needs an interior redesign, the home owner may feel that they face certain “rules of decorating” that are part of our cultural consciousness. How did these rules slip into our collective experience? One of the most direct routes to our inner sanctums is reached through the visual stimuli of movies and television. The mind soaks up the set details and stores them for future reference. The homes we visit reinforce certain ideas of style through their own interior design. In terms of the yearly trends that are advertised, favored colors, new fabrics and new furniture designs that are endorsed by the various style magazines are very influential. These home and decorating magazines each year will feature beautiful rooms with the new furniture designs and home décor pieces showcasing the latest and greatest of the current artistic talents. The style and design councils, made up of interior design professionals, have selected the colors, fabrics and furniture designs to be prominent each year as an aid to design industry manufacturers. KindaChic.com, an online home décor and furnishings retailer, is a new source for these contemporary styles and designs.

What tips are available to aid the home owner for navigating the substantial amount of home design style stimuli? First, the basic element of color will be the foundation of the new interior home design. Grey has been a popular neutral color, and black and white will always be the sophisticated color combination. A smart design might be a room painted in subdued colors that can easily be augmented or updated in small ways by the current décor trends. Harmony in color may be achieved by a blending of different tones of the same hue in the room’s upholstery, drapery, floor covering and artwork. Vibrant colors will be found woven and printed in patterns reminiscent of classic designs or in modern interpretations of these styles, and can be the accents of the room via candles, vases, pillows, lamps, drapery, and décor accessories. If the harmony of the room needs a spark, adding the complementary color via these décor elements will provide that spark.    

The idea of balance within a room refers not only to color but also to the relative size of the furniture pieces within each room. Each room, according to its use, will have a back bone of necessary furniture pieces. This framework, i.e. sofa plus guest chairs, generally will be of a similar size. To achieve a design accent, introduce guest chairs of generous proportions in contrast to a modest sized sofa or vice versa. Or a room’s furniture accent may be an oversized wraparound sofa with matching ottoman as the sole pieces in the room. If the idea of balance is achieved by using pieces of a relative size, a design accent is achieved when the guest chairs are of an ornate style alongside a simple modern sofa. Similarly sized furniture pieces could also be accented by oversized artwork that will become the focal point in the room. Texture may also serve as the design accent. If a matching leather sofa and chairs are selected, a stone tile floor will make a lovely contrast to the leather. An option to the stone tiles may be coarsely woven draperies mounted alongside the smooth leather of the sofa and chairs.    

The room may be properly balanced in the interior design but unless the occupants consciously create an environment that fits with the personal energy of each inhabitant, it will be spiritually imbalanced. Embellish each room with the objects that reflect these lives. A personal painting or sculpture collection, colorful fabrics purchased on tour at international markets, or beloved vintage seating rescued from a flea market are the perfect accessories for the home design. Ideally, the adornments collected throughout time will make the home a meaningful, beautiful, and welcoming place for all.

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