By Jude Wright
Decorating your home doesn't necessarily mean breaking your
budget. However, most of us have no idea of where to start -
budget or no budget. We may have a general idea of what we
(or don't like), but turning those ideas into a reality is not
as easy as it seems. With so many styles to choose from, it's
no wonder we have difficulties in getting started.
The best way to start on your decorating project is to decide
where you are now (decorating-wise) and what needs that you
your family have that must be incorporated. Are there small
children that can be injured if they fall on a table's sharp
corners? Do you have pets that will ruin a white sofa?
Will you be decorating only one room or your entire house? You
will need to decide if you want all of the rooms of your home
to be decorated in the same style. Once that decision has been
made, you can start planning your first room.
The interior design process begins with a plan. Look through
design magazines or home design websites for pictures of rooms
that catch your eye. What do you like about them? Is there a
common theme? This will lead you to your own personal design
style. You will probably find that you are especially drawn to
certain styles and find some designs that you downright hate!
Think about what activities will be done in the room. Will
there be just one activity or more than one? What furnishings
will each activity need? For instance, chairs and a table for
sitting area or a desk for an office area.
Decide on your budget. How much can you afford to spend on
flooring, paint, furniture and accessories? Spend your money
furnishings that are well-built and will get the hardest
Remember that a room doesn't have to be completed all at once
if your budget doesn't allow it. Some of the best designs
develop over time.
When decorating your home, keep in mind that personality is
what will keep your rooms alive. Even a sleek, modern style
have personality and doesn't have to be cold and sterile.
Interior decorating should first incorporate the
such as budget, space planning and special family needs. Then,
worry about the ambience and style of your rooms.
Planning your decorating project will help keep it within
budget and the final result will be worth the initial effort
took to plan it.
About The Author: Jude Wright is the owner of many house and
home related websites. Get her free Home Decorating ebook at