Our Design Index has been produced to give you inspiration
and to help you create a beautiful home following the basic design principles that are
used by interior decorators worldwide. If you feel you really dont know where to
begin in putting together a scheme, would like some ideas for a cushion design, help in
exploring 'mood' in planning a new home or are undecided about a particular colour scheme,
then take a few moments to browse through our Design Index. We are working towards the
creation of a comprehensive interior design resource, that will be packed with
photographic images, illustrations, written material and top tips to help you get started.
Each section is presented separately so that you can go
directly to the interior design concept that is of most interest to you. However, take the
time to explore each of the sections thoroughly before making your choices, as they will
help you to understand the interrelationships between the different elements of interior
design. We have also highlighted some of top tips as follows "TIP"so that you can browse
Where to start
Feeling totally at a loss as to where to begin? Worried you
have neither the confidence nor the money required to achieve the look you aspire to?
Think again! Good design has little to do with cost, it is rather about having a good eye
and there is no reason to be too phased by this. You may not have a natural eye, but it is
certainly something that can be learnt and you can train yourself by reading and most
importantly, by observation. Many beautiful things are inexpensive - a simple rattan or
lacquered tray, a bright kelim or a piece of embroidery might appeal to you. It really is
the person that makes the home and whatever you put into a room will say something about
your own personality.
|It really doesnt matter where you start
in putting together your scheme, but using the colours that inspire you is always a good
way to begin. Collect fabric swatches, carpet samples and cut pictures out of magazines
that you like. Try and think about all the components in the room scheme right from the
outset, just as you would plan buying a very special outfit and all the accessories!
The type of lighting you will be using is obviously something
that should be built in right from the start and the positioning of electrical sockets
will make a difference to what items you can position where. Remember, if you are buying a
brand new home you may have the opportunity to specify these requirements early on, so
talk to your builder sooner rather than later!
Inspiration for design can come from many totally diverse
sources. It may be a special piece of china, a design on a scrap of wallpaper, a cutting
from a magazine, a postcard or even a beautiful piece of architecture! Keep your eyes open
and take in what is around you all the time, you will immediately know what appeals to you
and what does not.
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