How to Decorate My Home



The hardest part of any do-it-yourself project is deciding precisely what is wanted and planning how to achieve it. The decision may simply involve a choice of colour or pattern, or may be more complex, perhaps involving major changes to the style, layout, features and fittings of a room or rooms.
For example, it may seem likely that better use can be made of the interior space that is available. An easy way of doing this is to rearrange or change some of the furniture, whether it is free-standing or built-in — but a more radical approach may bring even more dramatic gains. Partitioning some rooms, linking others, even changing the use to which individual rooms have previously been put, can revolutionize the way a home works. This approach is particularly relevant as the occupants’ needs alter over the years, since a house that worked well with young children will not suit a family with teenagers, and once the children have flown the nest their parents will want to me the house in a different way again.
On a smaller scale, even the way in which individual rooms are decorated and furnished can have a major effect on the way the home looks and feels. Many people find that achieving the style they want is often a process of evolution rather than revolution; few people can get everything right the first time. The secret of success lies in understanding the basic rules of colour scheming and in learning how to make the best use of the wide range of materials and techniques available to the interior designer today.
Finally, it is also a good idea to take a close look at what lighting contributes to the scheme. Few homes make use of the possibilities explored so imaginatively in many public buildings, yet some minor changes to lighting could bring a home alive. Some interior designers even dream of the day when they can create and change interior colour schemes with the flick of a switch.