Decorating 101 – Interior Design Basics

If you weren’t born with the ability to imagine a room complete with furniture placement, wall hangings, and rug and accent choices, it is something you can develop and hone over time. Learn the basics of home decorating, including design principles, decorating styles, and answers to decorating challenges. 

Interior Design Compared With Interior Decorating

Interior design and interior decorating are often mistaken for the same thing, but the terms are not completely interchangeable. Interior design is a profession that requires specific schooling and formal training, including space planning, furniture design, and architecture. An interior decorator does not have that formal training and focuses on the aesthetics and the surface appearance of a space. Who you would hire depends on whether you have any structural work or space planning to be done or you need someone to plan the decor only.

Elements of Decor

Balance is another principle—distributing the visual weight

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Kitchen Design Basics

A cramped, poorly designed, and outdated kitchen makes even the most enthusiastic of cooks avoid the room. On the other hand, a thoughtful remodel can make a kitchen not only functional but also enjoyable to be in, whether you’re cooking dinner on a weeknight or hosting a party for the holidays.

Before you take the plunge and embark on a kitchen remodel, think about what your dream kitchen looks like. Even if your budget does not extend to a total gut job, you can incorporate simple design tweaks that rearrange the space based on how you use it.

Whether your kitchen measures 100 square feet, the benchmark size noted by most cabinet manufacturers, or 440 square feet, the higher end of a kitchen size in a new build, certain kitchen design basics hold true.

Basic Layouts

Small kitchen remodels might not touch the layout of a kitchen, but larger renovations

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