If you are beginning the process of building a new home or of moving into a different home, then you are well aware of what a process that is. It seems like there are an endless amount of decisions to be made and choices to be had. One of the biggest yet most overlooked decisions in the moving process is deciding on the right decor for your new home.
As an interior designer, I love reminding people of the importance of choosing the right decor for their homes. All too often I see people build or buy these amazing homes but then stop before they fully finish them with the right decor. Even the most beautiful home will be left well below its potential until it is filled with great decor.
How do you go about choosing great decor, you ask? Well, my first encouragement to potential customers is to think about the things they like. I send them home with a pile of home and decor magazines and ask them to flag items, colors, or any ideas they like. When they return to my office we try to piece together their ideas and come up with a good foundation for their home decor. If you can, head to a local library and check out as many magazines as you can. Take a few hours or a few days, however much time you have, and see what ideas for decor you can compile. You may be surprised how easy it is to narrow down what fits into your style and what does not.
Once people have narrowed in on a style that fits their decor wishes, the next step is to come up with a color scheme that seems to match them and their home. Going to a paint shop and collecting color samples is a great way to compare colors and shades. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of color when designing decor for a home. You can do everything else right and still fail with your decor unless the colors are just right. A key to keep in mind is to remember who you are when you are choosing colors. You do not want people to enter your home and wonder at how different it looks from you and your style.
It is always a good idea to choose the decor for the most important room in your home first. That room will vary for each person, but the point is the same. You want to put time and energy into a room that means a lot to you and that you will use a lot. Whether this is the living room, kitchen, family room or master bedroom, don’t get too far into your decor without doing this first room well.
There is much more to be said about decor. The important thing, for now, is to just begin gathering ideas and talking to professionals for help.