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Interior design is an important skill for any homeowner, not necessarily on the professional level, but at least enough to be able to understand the basic of interior design and appreciate the beauty of their home. After all, there is an entire profession that is dedicated to this; interior designers and interior design companies. A smart homeowner that has a background in interior design will be able to better influence the atmosphere of their home and translate their personality into their surroundings.

Interior design as a concept is indispensible for any habitable space; without good interior design, our homes would not be cozy and our workspaces would not be efficient and ergonomic. Interior design is important to understand the design elements that affect the indoor environment and consequently affect us as individuals. Proper interior design is what gives taste and life to space; it is what differentiates a home from a house. Interior design is one of the things that separate human beings from animals, as it stems from our intelligent brain’s need for stimulation and familiarity.

Digging deep
At first glance, interior design seems like a talent that some people have better than others. For the untrained eye, interior design seems like a haphazard activity of ‘feeling’ the colors and shapes together to create beauty, but in truth it is much more straight forward.

In order to understand interior design, we need to look at the purpose of such a concept. Interior design is simply intended to create comfortable and stimulating living spaces that give us that ‘at home’ feeling. It is ironic that this feeling is named after a place because it is just too elusive to describe, yet interior design is the key to achieve it in reality!

Knowing the intended end result of applying the concept of interior design, it is much easier to define the main principals that will lead us to achieving its purpose.

The simple principles
Interior design can be simplified to a few simple principles. Although these principles are considered minimalistic, they are suitable as a first step into the mindset of an interior designer. You should supplement these basic principles with some research on your own part. Try to start looking at different interior decoration examples and styles and find out what you and your family like. Try to connect to certain styles or design elements and then look at them again after you have read these principles.

Personalization
Since we are talking about decorating your own home, you must make it a space that goes with your personality. Because a home is supposed to be a sanctuary for the family, it must also appeal to every family member.

Some of the best ways of making your living space personal is to use pictures, accessories and souvenirs. Use items that have sentimental value to add a piece of you into the decoration and feel truly at home. Personalization can also take the form of an unexpected addition to an otherwise harmonious room. The thing about personalization is that it, by definition, differs according to each personality, so it is up to you to give life to each room!

Ambience
Each part of your home must have an ambience that complements its use. The ambience of any space can depend on many things, and these things are different according to each person. The most impactful factors on ambience are generally thought to be lighting, colors and patterns. Although that practically covers everything in the room, it does give you an easier start as to how to manipulate the ambience in your rooms. Typical examples of this is how living rooms usually have bright lighting and colorful furniture and decorations to stimulate activity, whereas bedrooms have more subdued lighting and a unified color theme to enhance relaxation. A room’s ambience is what makes it actively contribute towards its purpose.

Functionality
Interior design is not just intended to create beauty, but make you feel comfortable in every way. Similar to the ambience, functionality of each room is affected by lighting and furniture. Each room should have a pronounced focus point that draws your attention each time you enter the room. This gives a sense of familiarity and coziness to your rooms when your brain immediately associates each room with its intended ambience.

The room’s furniture must be chosen according to the room’s purpose and ambience, and should be arranged in a way that makes it easy for you to reach anywhere without difficulty. Lighting is an important factor in making your home comfortable; proper lighting that fits the room’s purpose is essential to always see comfortably and avoid feeling uneasy.

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