Interior design is a passion for many homeowners. The ideas and inspirations for a remodel or decoration could come from websites or magazines or TV shows. Being able to translate what you have seen into a successful design for your home isn’t as easy as it looks. Every room is different. Proportions, dimensions, and the locations of doors and windows are often unique. This is why simply adopting the styles you see in a magazine could be completely inappropriate for your home.

So how do you bring that designer look into your home? The trick is to scale the idea back to something more workable for your space. You can often find affordable interior design services to help you recreate a style that suits your room. Professionals have a knack for working with the natural light in your room. This helps to plan the position of the furniture successfully. The quality of light you achieve may even open up a different array of color choice for your walls that you may not have considered before. Often, it is best to ask a qualified interior designer to make suggestions to suit your unique space.

Of course, we all want our decor to reflect our personality and our moods. We want character, charm and elegance to be apparent in the room. Each of the components of interior design contributes to the overall effect. They are:

Natural light – The light that streams in from the windows. The quality of this light is affected by its direction, and any shadow play from trees or structures outside the window.

Artificial light – You could hire an electrician to make major wiring changes, but this is a lot of extra work. Your interior design will probably be influenced by the type of lighting you already have installed in the room. Standard lamps and reading lamps can be plugged in. Their position is usually dictated by the position of your electricity sockets.

Flooring – Changing the flooring can create a whole new look almost on its own. Choose from tiles, hardwoods or luxury carpeting. Each of these come in a variety of textures and colors for you to choose.

Wall coverings – Wallpaper, paint and wall decorations go a long way to building the character of the room. Color is key, but often pattern on the paper can bring a sense of energy or sophistication to the room.

Seating – How you arrange your seating will depend on the use of the room. Usually, seating is arranged in a horseshoe shape to maximize the social setting. The open end usually points toward a focal point or features like a fireplace, piano, or TV.

Tables, sideboards, coffee stands – Each of these pieces can influence the style of the room. You can choose acrylics or plastics for a glossy, modern finish. You may be interested in an antique look, and choose pieces from an auction. Solid wood is very popular as it creates enough of a rustic look to fit in several settings.

Finally your curtains, drapes or blinds will decorate the eyes of your room. Choose bold colors to complement the walls and seating colors. Tie them back to let in the light. Enjoy your beautiful new room.

Image Credits: Photo by Danny Cardozo.