Planning the Interior of Your Home - Guide for DIY Home Owners

If you want to improve both the aesthetics and efficiency of your home’s interior, the golden rule to remember is that interior spaces must reflect the lifestyle of its occupants in a pleasant way. But how do you achieve this all by yourself without “breaking the bank?”

You may be building your home from scratch, getting a little bit tired of your not-so-great looking interior, desirous of an outdoor room addition to your property, or simply want to give an interior space a major make-over.

Today’s home-owners deserve to “pamper” themselves physically and mentally by ensuring their immediate environment – a home’s interior space – is designed and decorated in such a way that style, aesthetics, function, and efficiency all work in tandem.

Beginning from the entry porch/lobby, through to the outdoor entertaining areas, and private interior spaces, your home must give you tremendous pleasure and a warm feeling. It must have an atmosphere that exudes positive energy not only for you and other occupants, but also for your first time visitors.

You really don’t need to send yourself to “the poor house” to achieve this feat. You either have a fat or lean budget, so this means that you can “splash out” with funds if you can, but you can also create a beautiful home interior design on a shoe-string budget.

Many home-owners today now opt for DIY tasks within their homes. There is quite a lot you can do for yourself, but you need some creativity to produce a great home décor. Not saying you have to be an interior designer or a home decorator, you don’t. However because there are hundreds of thousands of images of dream interiors all over the net, you have an endless stream of ideas that’ll come in handy when planning the interior of your home.


How to Plan Your Home’s Interior

You first have to decide on a theme. It’s really easy to make a decision on that because you either love modern interiors and don’t particularly care for traditional themes, or only consider classic traditional themes over modern settings.

On the other hand, you may love a mix of modern contemporary with a touch of the traditional, or vice-versa. If this is your case, it’s good to ensure that one of the themes must remain dominant over the other, with the less dominant theme acting as enhancements for the more dominant one.

1. Traditional Style Interior Décor – If you are desirous for a rediscovery of the nostalgias of the past, interior design ideas for this include vegetable gardens, cast iron heating stoves, ornamental fireplace mantels, farmhouse and country kitchens, vaulted ceilings, period molding (cornices and dado rails), Victorian style furnishings, brass bedsteads, standalone marble washstands, and the like. Such things represent classical period designs.

2. Modern Interior Design – If you love the modern or contemporary theme, then you are in tune with the open plan and flowing spaces of today’s interior. These include airy rooms and living spaces with deep windows, open formal and informal living areas, split levels, rooms that flow into each other, open plan kitchens, breakfast counters, mood lighting, home entertainment theatres, en-suite bedrooms, a work at home offices, bedroom suites, outdoor leisure rooms, pools, natural fish ponds, and the like.

3. Blending Modern and Traditional Themes – This style has varying aspects of design and decoration and with careful planning you can play ‘decorating tricks’ if you feel creative enough.

You can for instance have furniture that serve dual purposes, a niche with wood panelling to display black and white photographs or your prized vintage possessions, window treatments with streamlined opulence, and still incorporate kitchens and bathrooms that are virtually driven by technology within your interior design.


Interior Design Ideas

Interior design is really all about planning your home and its indoor spaces for happy and comfortable living. Areas you may want to pay much attention to are:

To achieve any success in interior design and decoration for your home, plan and be creative. Design stylish but functional rooms using anything from the simplest change – a coat of paint or the use of brighter bolder fabrics, to a complex change – false ceiling with mood lighting or a kitchen make-over, to achieve a brand new effect.

You can use sensible and appropriate surface treatments for your ceilings, walls, floors and furniture, or choose patterns, colours, textures, and textiles to create a setting that will go a long way in helping to aesthetically re-shape your home’s interior.


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