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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Finding Inspiration: How to Pick Colors

Sometimes finding inspiration for a design is one of the most difficult things to do. Where do you begin? What will be the color scheme, and the basis of the design? We can find inspiration from many of the things we see around us everyday. It doesn't have to be a complicated process.

One of the best places to look for design inspiration is from nature and photographs. What are some of your favorite vacation sites? What colors are there that remind you of that place. A beach color scheme would include sandy browns, blues, greens and whites. A forest inspired scheme would include dark, bark browns, mossy greens, and rich earthy colors.

Another great place to look for inspiration is from artwork, area rugs and fabrics. Find one that you really like, and examine the colors in it. Then pick paint swatches based on these colors. You can even take the fabric swatch or a photo to the paint store to match colors. This should give you a great start on your project and learning how to pick the best colors for your design. Most of all, just remember to have fun and try new and creative things!

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

How to create room layouts for furniture

Learning how to layout a room can be one of the most challenging aspects of interior design. Traditional methods of drafting floor plans include hand drafting by pencil or pen, or using complicated programs such as Autocad or Microstation. But for the homeowner or decorating enthusiast, these methods can be too complicated and confusing.

There are many programs and tools available for do-it-yorself homeowners that can make creating a floor plan layout much easier. These include computer interior design software, and static cling floor plan layout tools.

The simplest of these tools is the static-cling . A homeowner can simply measure out the size of the room, and place down static cling walls, windows and doors, and then place pre-cut furniture templates around the space. The only drawback to this method is that you are limited to the furniture sizes that come with the kit.

A step up would be using a 3d room layout program like . This program allows you to place walls, windows and doors, and then adjust them to the size they actually are. Then you can place all sorts of furniture and accessories, and even adjust them to the actual size of your furniture. This program also allows you to view the room layout in 3-d to show a somewhat accurate picture of the room layout.

Whichever method you choose, creating a room layout can help you avoid making costly and time consuming mistakes in planning furniture sizes. A simple floor plan can make designing your interior much easier.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

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