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Interior design ideas, architecture and renovating photos

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Where do I start the process of interior design?

The beginning stages of home décor can be daunting for some. The step-by-step process will take you from developing your own personal style to outlining the priorities when considering each room. Professionals will use the principles of good interior design, high quality and value for money to turn your design vision into a reality. However, you may still mastermind your own decorating ideas to suit your individual style and preferences.

If you are looking for any room ideas in particular, homify have a simplified rooms page. This lets you view the most popular photographs of the day. It also acts as an overview for the available categories for room ideas and home decor and even where to find local experts in South Africa alongside international inspiration. The website has been designed to help you easily navigate your way around the platform, with the rooms tab acting as the starting point for your interior design journey. By listing out each category, you can be sure to find exactly what you need efficiently and quickly. With popular homify experts, architecture and design you may find yourself completely immersed in the thousands of interior design ideas at your fingertips.

How do I discover suitable home decorating ideas?

Initially professional interior designers would present you with a design concept booklet or “lookbook”to inspire you. The homify website has an impressive collective knowledge of current market trends. Just take a look at our ideabook function. No matter which stage your project is at, it helps you to find inspiring ideas and pictures you like. To help you prepare, you are then able to create a scrapbook with all your interior design ideas, with the function of writing exactly what made you like them.

It takes a certain eye to create rooms that are both extraordinary and functional. Collecting decorating ideas in one place helps design decisions from the start. Magazines and design websites are full of design inspiration.

If you have not already begun to create inspiration boards for your home decor, then begin now — this is the first step to creating the home you desire. Gather design images that excite you, or simply grab some design magazines and cut out pictures that you are fond of.

After gathering creative images this should tell the story of your particular taste. This is useful for preparing the exact design style of your project.

Start using the homify ideabook function to search for home styles that appeal to you. There are hundreds of different pictures under every category, so whether you’re looking for just bathroom designs or for your perfect kitchen idea; we have it all. You can save a photo into your personal ideabook and it is then automatically stored in your profile with the possibility to add text. On homify we have everything from bedrooms to dressing rooms, accessories to storage, furniture to unique lighting ideas so take a look at some of our brilliant architects, interior designers and furniture designers to gain some inspiration for your home. 

Is colour scheme important when choosing interior design ideas? 

Now that you have a good idea of your individual style, you may wish to choose a color scheme for your home decor. It can be incredibly personal since colour choices affect our moods differently. Look out for prominent colour patterns in your ideabooks. Try to notice the three recurring colour combinations for walls, accessories and furniture. If you decide only to go with one colour for a particular room, use three different shades of your favourite colour.

How do I attain unique home décor for small rooms? 

Having too many small pieces in one room is a common interior design flaw. To avoid a cluttered look, add some big statement furniture pieces. A well mixed room of big and small items can dramatically change a rooms look and feel. Mixing furniture sizes adds balance. Even if you are decorating a small room there are plenty of room ideas to try.

Most designers will recommend that even the smallest of rooms have one large statement piece, such as a large cupboard or dresser. A mixture of big and little is key to a successful design. On the homify website you can browse thousands of smaller room ideas to get started.

What type of detail should I add to my room ideas? 

Pictures of a room will allow you to see the interior design from a different view point, helping to see if you went wrong somewhere along the way. It’s your space so create a home that portrays who you are. Natural arrangements add the final touch to a room.

It is a simple design tip but adding flowers to every room will give it a final touch.

To arrange loose items you could use trays, decorative bowls and baskets on your coffee table or side table. Smaller items and accessories are imperative to a layered, decorated aesthetic and can hide a lot of clutter.

You could also start thinking about texture which is just as important as colour. Fabrics and textiles like velvet, silk, linen and cotton are all effective elements creating a warm, rich environment.

How do I choose the right paint colours for my walls? 

The homify website if filled with inspiration to help you picture varying colours for your homes walls. Visiting different paint store gets the inspirational juices flowing too. There are also some useful apps such as the Dulux Visualizer which you can download to see your favourite colours on your own walls. It uses the latest augmented reality technology so you can instantly see how colours look in real time, as if they're right on your walls. Just open the app, point your phone or tablet at the wall you’d like to paint, and tap a paint colour. You can quickly and easily swap between paints. When you’ve finished exploring, you can save your colour choices and get the opinions of family and friends.

What are suitable decorating ideas for my kitchen?  

A solid, well-fitted kitchen can open up and improve your homes entire ambience and the idea is to fit one that can withstand style trends. If you are working to a tight budget, start with small changes such as replacing handles, door units and the worktop. Replacing the wall tiles will provide an effective, simple refresh.

When redesigning a kitchen, put function first and allow for enough storage for appliances that otherwise would clutter up countertops.

What are some good finishing touches for my interior design ideas?

Your finishing touches will differ for every room. For example, adding one accessory that is oversized and out of proportion will make a room far more interesting. Eliminate items when rooms get overly cluttered and display only what you love. An important element in successful design is to also acquire and surround yourself with meaningful objects that inspire you and take you on a journey. Accessories, art, plants, rugs and flowers bring “life” to any room. Always keep a little in the budget reserved for these finishing touches.

Are there any tips to further improve my home décor?

Focus on a corner or wall that you loveand take note of why you think its working. Take what's working and spread it out around the room a little more. See what adding more of what you love in the room does to the feel of it.

For added detail, consider room ideas and textiles that suit your lifestyle. If you have kids and dogs, then you may not want a light cotton sofa, rather a darker leather or mohair sofa may suit your needs. If you crave luxury then consider high-end silk draperies and pillows.

Whatever your style, try to add plenty of texture by adding numerous textiles into your home.

How to: use accessories to decorate your space

Collectibles, memorabilia, antiques, sculptures, keepsakes,

wall art and cushions are all accessories which complement a design. Choosing a monochrome theme will blend colours in and create a soothing affect. Contrasting colours will stand out and provide a visual pop. Consider the overall aesthetic of your room and choose the colours of your home décor accessories accordingly.

While its good to keep within the style constraints of your interior design, your personality should also be reflected in the choice of accessories.

How to: window treatments

Choosing the right window treatment for each room will depend on whether you want privacy, light, or both. There is plenty of inspiration available for blinds, drapes, curtains or shades. Depending on the number of windows in a living room for example, it may need some extra light. If you would like natural light to help brighten the room, semi-sheer fabric window treatment would help in this case

How to: Staging

For most people the hardest part of staging your home for living is finding the motivation to get started. Tackling repairs is often last on our to do list when life gets busy and they can be costly. If the time ever comes when your house needs to be sold, real estate agents will ask you to carry out repairs. Eventually, the repairs need to happen. Take a notepad and create a to-do list of minor home repairs and you will find that most of the minor repairs can be handled in just a few minutes.

How to: Lighting room ideas

It’s always good to consider the function of the room when putting together decorating ideas for lighting.

A dimmer for example works best in a dining room, but is recommended throughout the house to give you mood and flexibility. When it comes to bathrooms, some say to go the clinical route—the brighter the better in bathrooms but Much ambience can be achieved with the addition of candles, especially in the bathroom.

How to: Spot clutter

Reducing clutter has become a main goal of many renovation projects, and there are a number of ways that you can integrate organization into your home’s new interior design.

It is a sure-fire way for your home décor to feel more organized, clean and manageable. Ironically clutter is also created by the stuff we use to decorate our homes. Another source of clutter comes from the items we love but never use. Memorabilia, souvenirs and old things we are attached to can cause clutter. Organized homes often require plenty of shelving and a home remodel can be an opportunity to create uncluttered rooms for a cleaner look. Other common clutter sources can include bills, paperwork, piles of dirty or clean laundry, old music, photographs, tools, related hardware, appliances and their parts, electronic devices and chargers.