Interior Design Ideas

Whether your interior design project is large or small, you can reduce your costs and end up with a more successful result by collecting your own interior design ideas before you engage a professional. Designers are sometimes hampered in their efforts by clients who have no idea what they want. A vague impression isn’t good enough to begin and will cost you more in the end. Doing some preliminary analysis on your own can speed up your project and allow the designer to give you a result that reflects your taste and his or her expertise. Here’s how to take those initial proactive steps.

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Let’s say your proposed project is a kitchen makeover. The kitchen can be one of the most costly projects to undertake, so your footwork and time can save you bundles of money. You have appliances, cabinets, countertops and flooring to consider, as well as window treatments, sinks and your color scheme. Maybe you’re not looking to replace everything, but whatever you do want to replace should be listed and researched, so you have an idea of what’s available and what you can afford. You’ll probably find your budget demands some tradeoffs. For example, if hand-painted Italian tiles are an absolute must for your project, you may need to compromise on your countertop material.

There are several ways to approach your best starting point. If hardwood flooring and those tiles must be included in your interior design ideas, then it’s best if you find the particular tile pattern and flooring for your dream kitchen. This may make your color scheme a breeze to choose, a natural fit. If you’d had your eye on granite countertops, your choice of tile pattern may suggest a less expensive countertop material that will set off those tiles far better. Money saved and a better design.

Begin with several home magazines, the ones that show resplendent rooms we’d all like to live in. Take a look at one of their kitchen makeovers for interior design ideas that catch your fancy. Perhaps you hadn’t thought of an island for your kitchen, but this magazine has one that makes such excellent use of the space, you find it irresistible. Check the index for the manufacturer’s name and price. If it’s custom, make a note of this.

Look on interior designer’s websites for more interior design ideas. Designers are very creative people who know how to pull a look together, oh so smoothly. Save pictures of rooms or effects you find especially appealing. Attending interior design home shows in your community will provide yet more interior design ideas. Pick up all the brochures and price lists available.

Now that you’ve assembled more prospects than your kitchen can accommodate, you’ve got a good idea of what you want. Now’s the time to bring your interior design ideas to a professional.

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