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The Official Interior Design & Decorating Lens

Updated on August 8, 2014

Interior Design Tips & Advice

I have an Associate's degree in Interior Design. I have also been writing online since 2008. I have written hundreds of articles on decorating and design, and that's what this lens is all about; if I have left anything out, please add a comment or ask a question, and I will try to answer it by adding a post to the lens.

Before we get started... - Let's take a poll!

(c) Tonya Mickelson 2014
(c) Tonya Mickelson 2014

Which types of colors do you prefer?

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Greendale Home Fashions 17 in. Outdoor Accent Pillow (set of 2), Zigzag
Greendale Home Fashions 17 in. Outdoor Accent Pillow (set of 2), Zigzag

These trendy accent pillows would really pop on white bedding.

 
Chezmoi Collection White Goose Down Alternative Comforter, Full/Queen with Corner Tab
Chezmoi Collection White Goose Down Alternative Comforter, Full/Queen with Corner Tab

You'll sleep like a baby with this goose down comforter; plus, white is easy to decorate around.

 
Kenroy Home 32200ORB Stratton II Table Lamp, 2-Pack
Kenroy Home 32200ORB Stratton II Table Lamp, 2-Pack

These matching bedside lamps are ultra sophisticated.

 

Design Tips

Don't forget the lighting! The lighting in a space needs to be well-designed, or the entire effect will be ruined.

Interior Design Ideas - Episode I

Where to Find Decorating & Design Ideas - Interior Design Resources

  • You will find a plethora of Interior Design and decorating ideas all over the Internet, from blogs to content sites and even major publications.
  • Consider subscribing to a decorating, design, or remodeling magazine to receive a monthly update on the latest ideas and product trends.
  • Visit a showroom to see the latest styles and to consult with an expert, who can give you ideas, as well as coming out to your home for an estimate.
  • Find out when/if your town has a Parade of Homes, or some type of event where you can visit recently remodeled houses for inspiration.

Interior Design & Decorating Books - Book suggestions at Amazon

Design Tips

Don't forget the window treatments! They are often overlooked as a significant element in the overall interior design of a space.

Is Interior Design the Career for Me?

It's not all fun and games. Interior Design can be hard work, and it can be rewarding. There are numerous careers that can be made out of a degree in Interior Design, from Kitchen and Bath design to Interior Decorating, and from Residential Remodeling to Journalism. It's not just about picking out color swatches and furniture styles; it's about so much more. It's about selling yourself and your product to a potential client. It's about taking measurements and estimating materials. It's about working with people and turning their ideas into reality. If you think this might be the right path for you, look into local Interior Design programs, talk to design graduates, and determine whether this is the career you want.

I like to do interior design, I love to quilt, I love to see different colors together, and I love to match things up.

— Mary J. Blige

Do you have any interior design & decorating questions, ideas, or advice?

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    • norma-holt profile image

      norma-holt 7 years ago

      A great resource and helpful guide. Blessed and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust

    • davis66 profile image

      davis66 7 years ago

      Nice lens - have just started looking for low or no VOC paints as I remodel. Thanks for all of the great info.

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      BusyQueen 7 years ago

      Very nice lens, 5*****'s with lots of color ideas!