Top tips for home design
When it comes to designing home interiors, the fact that you have limitless possibilities at your disposal is both exciting and daunting. Visualizing the interior is an extremely important step in the do-it-yourself home building process, and it's an aspect of home design that you have to approach with both care and creativity. To help you, look at ways to integrate tried-and-true principles of home interior design with your own unique ideas.
Principles of Interior Home Design
The various parts of a complete home interior design include the walls and ceilings, a floor plan and the placement of windows and doorways. Walls can be placed to create sharply angled and clearly defined spaces, or used creatively to build nooks and other accents. Soaring ceilings create a sense of open, free space, while ceilings at standard heights feel cozy and snug.
The basic elements of a floor plan include the layout of the bedrooms, the placement of the kitchen, the number and location of the bathrooms, and the size and shape of the living room, dining room and den. You can add rooms like offices and studies as space permits and include accentuations like fireplaces and large entryways as you prefer.
Finally, if you're building your own home, remember that the size of the windows (and their placement) has a profound effect on the amount of light a room gets and the mood the room will have. Large windows flood a room in natural light, but they tend to cause energy efficiency challenges. Rooms with smaller windows and fewer windows are good choices for storage or media applications – less light means less glare on a television screen.
Create Your Own Home Interior
In most cases, home interiors are partially determined by the size of the lot you're going to be building on. If, for example, you're building a home on a relatively narrow parcel of land, you can use that to your advantage – narrow designs allow for more privacy and make better use of the space you've got. Conversely, if you've got a generous and private lot to build on, you can open things up and create interiors with larger rooms and greater space segregation.
Remember, too, that you're not operating in a bubble when you're designing your house's layout before the home construction process begins. It is very important to visualize the finished product, color palettes, furniture placement, design elements and all. This will inform the key decisions you make about the layout and style of your home's interior.