Oct 23, 2015

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Room-by-room Ideas For Home Decorating

Room-by-room Ideas For Home Decorating

This article discusses various home decorating ideas that you can use in various rooms throughout the house including the kitchen, bedroom and den.

The art of home decorating is a process of creating functional, living beauty. Each room in your home has a purpose, and the decorating ideas that you employ in that room should serve that purpose through both beauty and utility. In this way you can create an atmosphere in each space that is specifically tailored to the needs of that room.

Ideas For Decorating the Kitchen

The kitchen is a unique space in the home in that it is not so much lived in, as it is worked in. That is because this is a supremely functional space, designed to accomplish the goal of food preparation. Every inch of space has a purpose in this room, from cabinets to counters; the kitchen’s décor needs to be supremely focused on utility.

One idea for decorating a kitchen is using the functional pieces within the room as home décor items. Your bowls, spoons, knives, and appliances can all be purchased in matched colors, with handles of consistent crimson, forest green, or midnight black. Another option is to purchase everything in a matched material, using stainless steel throughout, or creating a rustic space with hardwood utensils.

Workspace flow is also important in a kitchen. The floor should be clear between all stations and a floating island or kitchen table should only be used if it won’t get in the way of the chef. Similarly you should try to keep your counters organized, with some areas laid out for working, and others laid out for storage. In general those items you use most can be left in the work flow of the room, but occasional appliances such as mixers, waffle makers, sandwich heaters and the like should only be present if they are day to day accessories.

Ideas for Decorating the Bedroom

The bedroom is one of the most personal rooms when it comes to home decorating. A place of comfort and rest, it’s where you go at the end of the night to seek sleep and solace. As such, ideas for decorating a bedroom should come from the personality of the person who will be living there. You should attempt to create a space which pampers and supports them, which plays to their interests, while also bringing them a sense of comfort. Furniture can be current or rustic – depending on your taste – I recently invested in one of these trendy upholstered leather beds, and I must say it looks fab!

Color is a very powerful element in a room, and in the bedroom, where we let our psychological guard down, it can be particularly potent. Blues and greens, especially deeper, darker hues, tend to be very relaxing. Mimicking the vision of a deep restful ocean, or the depths of a dark forest, these colors tend to wrap around you, drawing you down into serenity.

However if you are a naturally lethargic person, you may want to avoid tones that tend to relax you too much. One idea is to do exactly the opposite, filling the space with bright, passionate, invigorating colors such as red, gold, and amber, in order to give you a burst of energy, and help motivate you to get out of bed and take on the day.

Ideas for Decorating the Living Room

The den, or living room, is the most social space within your home decorating scheme. It is the place where family and friends come together, where guests are brought, where stories are shared, and memories are crafted. As such your decorating ideas should try to support a space that is welcoming and social, which caters to the needs of many disparate people, and which doesn’t offend or make anyone feel uncomfortable.

When arranging living room furnishings, you should strive to preserve the natural flow of the room. You want walk ways to make it easy to enter and exit the space, with large pieces such as couches and tables creating natural paths for people to easily get up and move about the room.

When decorating a living room, it’s important that you don’t go too far. Over crowding the space will leave the room feeling jumbled and messy. At the same time over decorating can give the space a chaotic look that leaves the room feeling uncomfortable. Rather, when decorating, strive to be as minimalist as possible, without allowing the room to fall into boredom. This can be achieved with less furniture and a beautiful decorative oriental area rug. Remember, the space will feel much fuller with people in it, so try to under-decorate when starting out, and then gauge your efforts after it has been lived in for a while.

Ideas for Decorating a Bathroom

Finally, the bathroom may be one of the most difficult places to find good decorating ideas. Generally people think of this space in an unsavory light, tending to ignore it as much as possible. However your bathroom is a huge part of your life, and rather than being an unseemly and unwanted room, it should strive to be a place of comfort and relaxation.

Just a few pieces of wall art, properly contained behind protective glass or plastic sheets, can do a lot to dress the bathrooms décor. Inspirational photos, posters, or pictures of beautiful natural landscapes are often popular within this room. The stark nature of the space also lends itself to black and white photography.

Here you can also use the trick employed in the kitchen, purchasing functional items which all match in colors. This can include soap dishes, shelves, towels, shower curtains, toilet seat covers, toweling rugs, and almost anything that can be used to make the bathroom a more utilitarian space.

You can find ideas for home decorating all around you. They are in decorative magazines and books, but they are also in works of art, beauty, and nature. They exist in offices, in stores, and even in the homes of your friends. The important thing is to match the nature of the room’s function, to the decorative elements that you weave through the space. In this way you will help support the nature of the room, making it look, work, and feel better for the people residing within it.