Wednesday, January 30, 2008

great design basics

A wonderful resource to guide you in creating your ideal home environment is Better Homes and Gardens "New Decorating Book" (2007 edition). It leads you through assessing your style and color preferences and educates about basic interior design concepts and principles. It is full of beautiful color photos to spark ideas and help you visualize your space in a new way. As your first step, it encourages you to create a design inspiration board. On a bulliten board post up pictures of rooms that you like, paint swatches you could see on your walls, fabrics you might use on a chair or pillow, and other objects or magazine cut outs you are drawn to. This will pretty much help you pinpoint your decor style and give you a comprehensive picture of what "home" is to you. I am about to embark on this project myself and will share it when it is complete. Surprised I haven't done one yet? Well, the thing is that my tastes and ideas and preferences are constantly evolving. My hope is that this board will just affirm some of the things I've always been drawn to and perhaps expose some exciting new trends to pursue. Anyway, check out the book if you have the chance. It will surely not disappoint you.

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