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Decorating A Perfect Room ~ Interior Decorating

Updated on January 26, 2012

Interior Decorating

Interior decorating isn't just about picking colors. It is about creating a warm living space for you and your family.

Before you begin. Painting and decorating are so important when you are building the right mood for your room with a nice color scheme. You must clear out the room, if you can, so you can measure the height and width of your walls, windows and doorways.


The big decision on home interior decorating is to find a theme. Some people enroll in interior decorating courses to get easy decorating tips and ideas. I like to browse through home decorating magazines to create a lovely interior decorating design.


Each piece of furniture should be placed correctly. You do not want to start with furniture that is too large or too small. It is helpful to have accurate measurements of the entire room.


If you have to buy a piece of furniture, always keep the dimensions in mind.


My advice is not to display a sofa that takes up more than 20% of the floor space. You should always decide on a focal point. In other words, what do you want to be looking at when you're seated.


It can be anything, a fireplace, a set of windows, a television or a wall. Use the focal point as a guide to positioning your furniture.

Arranging Tables, Chairs and Lamps

 

Arranging furniture is somewhat of an art and must incorporate one's personal preferences and style to achieve the mood you want.

 

You should begin with your sofa. It is the hardest piece of furniture to choose. You will base all of your other furniture choices on it. It is wise to select a neutral fabric so it will work with any color scheme or style.

 

Find a coffee table that is about the same height as the sofa seat, so that it will be easy to grab things off the tabletop.

 

Your chairs should be arranged close to the sofa to promote conversation.

 

You should put an end table next to your sofa.

 

Make sure that the table is the same height as the sofa arms. If it is too high, your lamps won't light the right area.

Accessories

 

 

Your living room decorating accessories includes, such things as pictures and mirrors for your walls, vases and decorative boxes for tables, figurines for display shelves, and rugs for your floor.

 

You should always start accessorizing the focal point first.

 

If it's a fireplace, for example, hang a picture with an ornate frame above it or try a decorative mirror. Then place a couple of matching porcelain vases that you've collected on either side of the mantel. This will enhance your focal point of interest.

 

Use your best pieces for the focal point because it will be the first area visitors see when they walk into the room.

 

For your display shelves, highlight unusual pieces and remember that they will have greater impact if you group a few related items together. Avoid cluttering your shelves.

 

If your living room decorating style leans toward very Casual, Country, Tradition or Modern, be careful with selecting a rug.

 

A simple pattern rug may work just fine, but an intricate pattern may be overpowering and dominate your room. Keep it simple.

Enjoy Decorating

Lastly, don't forget to enjoy the decorating.

You don't have to do all the decorating all at once.  Allow yourself time to get absorbed in each phase of decorating and let each step truly reflect your most creative side.

You really can create a beautiful home without exhausting  all of your resources and you really can love decorating as you go.

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    • Cheryl J. profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl J. 

      6 years ago from Houston, TX

      Peggy,

      You are a true artist. Everything in my home is perfect and beautiful. You know how to make the best out of the worst. Thanks for making my home the dream house that I have always dreamed of.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Your home is beautiful. Glad to have been of any help in its transformation. :))

    • Cheryl J. profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl J. 

      6 years ago from Houston, TX

      Peggy,

      Thanks for inquiring about my decorating projects. I am very pleased with the progress being made in my home. I am supported by a great artist and interior designer. I have a brand new look. Thanks to you. I am grateful.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      Hope that your home interior decorating comes out just as you want it after your water leak fiasco. Not the nicest of ways to spur on decorating projects! Looking forward to seeing the new look.

    • Cheryl J. profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl J. 

      7 years ago from Houston, TX

      Indrazudin,

      Thanks for the comment on easy decorating. Easy is always better.

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      indrazudin 

      7 years ago from Indonesia

      This is nice ideas. i like it

    • Cheryl J. profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl J. 

      7 years ago from Houston, TX

      BrightMeadow-Thanks for your comment. HGTV is a great place to gather affordable information and ideas.

    • BrightMeadow profile image

      BrightMeadow 

      7 years ago from a room of one's own

      Great tips. Enjoyed the hub. I like HGTV as well as checking out the magazines.

    • Cheryl J. profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl J. 

      7 years ago from Houston, TX

      Mulberry1

      Thanks for your comments. Pictures are great sellers. Hope you can create your own decorating tips and enjoy them.

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      Christine Mulberry 

      7 years ago

      Great tips, I definitely have to see pictures and mimic what I like.

    • Cheryl J. profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl J. 

      7 years ago from Houston, TX

      Becky,

      Thanks for your lovely comment on my hub easy decorating. Decorating is a talent for sure. At least you know your likes and dislikes when it comes to putting things together. It's wonderful to have a gifted and talented daughter or son.

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      Becky 

      7 years ago from Oklahoma

      Excellent tips and advice here. I can use all the advice I can get as I'm not that talented when it comes to re-arranging and decorating. When I feel the need for change, I usually pick out the items I like and my talented daughter puts it all together for me :)Thanks for an awesome Hub!

    • Cheryl J. profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl J. 

      7 years ago from Houston, TX

      That's a great idea. Whatever you decide to do will be lovely and enjoyable.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I am thinking that our next project will be to replace the wallpaper in my mother's room as a decorating project. Of course then the connecting bathroom will be next.

    • Cheryl J. profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl J. 

      7 years ago from Houston, TX

      Thanks for your comment on my hub easy decorating-a perfect room. A room makeover is always heart-warming and enjoyable.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      That is the way we have always done our decorating...a room at a time or even bits and pieces. Each improvement is appreciated and enjoyed when done in a piece-meal fashion. That is not to say that an entire job done all at once would not be great. All depends upon the budget. Your easy decorating, a perfect room hub gives me the incentive to start making more changes. Rating this useful and up.

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