Have you ever looked through an interior design book or magazine and thought, “That room looks nice enough, but I can’t imagine living in it? If you have, you already understand that a well-designed home will contain an interior design that combines fashion with function.

You want your home to reflect your personality, be visually appealing and be a space that enables you to do the things you need to do.

These three requirements can be summarized as style, design and function. While these elements may be defined differently by your tastes and lifestyle, some general tips can improve your home’s overall interior design.

Style
This is where your personality and the mood of the room are evident. This is established through several elements. Choose the theme of your room and suit it to your preferences and the mood that you would like to create within the room. For example, you may want to create a beach, garden, Victorian or modern theme, but you also can vary the level of formality and sophistication within that theme to customize it to your tastes.

You can select a special piece to create a focal point in the room that sets the stage for your design.

Place accessories around the room or in creative arrangements to display special collections and develop the style of your room.

Design
Your style preferences will be pulled together into an appealing interior design through choices of colour, finishes, and textures. Within your selected style, design elements are used to create a cohesive and visually appealing result.

Furniture will be a significant element of your design that combines the style and function requirements of your space. While fitting into a creative design, a piece of furniture can also establish your style and meet the function requirements of your family.

Lighting is another design element that serves several purposes. The style and finish of your light fixtures will help establish your desired style, but it will also set the mood in the room through the quantity and type of light that you introduce.

Function
Your home design must also be functional in order to meet your needs. A room that is beautiful but unusable will quickly fall into disuse and wasted space. In order to ensure that your space will be as usable as it is attractive, start with a floor plan that will assist you in creating comfortable furniture arrangements.

Make sure that you plan for storage needs, open space, and adequate seating. Consider the traffic that will flow through the room to avoid sharp corners, bottlenecks, and blocking of outlets and vents. Keep in mind that open space frequently appears greater on paper than it does in reality.

If you are unsure, try placing tape on the floor of the room in the areas that you plan to place furniture and see if there is adequate space to move around.

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