When I was growing up, I had the privilege of always living inside a very beautiful home. Though the house itself was a somewhat modest one, my mother had a tremendous eye for interior design.
It is still a wonder to me that she never hired herself out to other families, but the truth is, she wasn’t technically a professional. But she certainly fooled some of our guests.
When you visit friends or relatives with similar decorative intuition, you might feel baffled at how exactly you can help your home appear so stunning and–well, put-together. Even if you have artwork and decor that you love, you may wonder exactly how to arrange it in such a way that is aesthetically pleasing.
If you do own the materials you want to keep and display in your home and just need a push in the right direction, then you are off to a great start.
If you don’t, then you owe it to yourself to spend a weekend scouring local home improvement stores, boutiques, and home decor specialty stores. Allow yourself to be inspired!
What you need to pinpoint is a particular ambiance or atmosphere you hope to create. You might do this by finding a particular light fixture, figurine, a clock–almost anything can provide an idea for you.
But before you purchase everything that would complete the look–whether for one room or the entire house–give yourself some time to mull over the possibilities.
You may want to mosey on over to your local library or a bookstore in order to investigate interior design books that will help you more thoroughly plan the “finished product,” so to speak.
Even if you consider yourself a “do it yourselfer,” you need to consult with an interior designer; more specifically, you should find a professional that is familiar with your area. They will recognize design trends/fads, know the best places to shop, and be aware of what materials will be best for your climate.
For example, San Diego interior designers are going to be able to best choose what material will best withstand humidity, while Phoenix specialists will find you the best selections for extreme heat. You might think that these factors are unimportant when focusing on the inside of your home, but they can actually have a dramatic effect.
Before hiring a particular designer, ask for references and photographs of their work. It is preferable that you find someone through a recommendation from a friend, but doing research through the internet is another great method to find someone with a reputation for beautiful results.