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Interior Decorating

Interior Design and Interior Decorating – Some Definitions

Interior Decoration and Interior Design, although related
disciplines, are different in terms of their application. Interior
Decoration is the process of decorating a house with regards to finishes
(for example wallpaper and paint, choice of furniture and fittings as
well as adding finishing touches and decorations such as paintings and
objets d’art. All of this provide a certain “feel” to a house but
essentially the underlying structure of the house is not changed.

decoration is normally professionally done by Interior Decorators
although recently the trend has been for people to learn about Interior
Decorating through various courses or books and then apply the
techniques themselves-usually on a shoestring budget. The whole
objective of Interior Decorating is to make a house aesthetically
pleasing and at the same time, unique, since it should reflect the
owner’s specific personality and tastes.

Interior design on the
other hand is more integrated with the architecture of a building and a
professional Interior Designer will work closely with architects and
builders to make choices regarding the integral design of the whole
house or building. This includes looking at choices with regards to room
layout, choice of cabinets and tiles and lots of other design factors.
While the Interior Design budget for new developments used to be
minimal, it is recognized these days that incorporating Interior Design
into the project means the difference between a run-of-the-mill
development and one that contributes to the branding and life-style
image of the project. The money spent on Interior Design is therefore
seen as a worthwhile investment in the whole property development

Homeowners are spending more and more to improve their
homes. Since it is relatively easy to change the appearance of a house
by changing the finishings and fittings a large portion of this money
goes into Interior Decorating. The growing popularity in do-it-yourself
Interior Decorating has meant that a whole industry around Interior
Decorating courses, books and TV Shows have also sprung up, and it has
become a popular hobby for married couples. Innovative Interior
Decoration ideas, which cost less but at the same time giving the
impression of style and class, are in vogue.

Young entrepreneurs
have also seen the gap and there is a growing demand for information and
courses on how to break into the Interior Design and Interior
Decoration Industry. This has also given the home {interior decoration
industry a boost.

Although the trend recently is for people to
tackle the exciting task of transforming a house themselves, it has to
be recognized that this falls more in the area of Interior Decorating.
Interior Design still requires study of the context of Interior Design,
the theory of good design, knowledge of the technical advances in the
engineering industry for both residential as well as commercial
buildings and knowledge of the latest trends and advances in the
Interior Design industry.

In short, an Interior Design project in
which all the elements of design are pulled together is still the ambit
of the professional designer who should be able to deliver on projects
that extend beyond the boundaries of a hobby pastime.

Frugal Living And Interior Decorating

Some might think the title of this article; Frugal Living and Interior Decorating is an oxymoron; “a combination of contradictory words”. The truth is, when it comes to interior design and decorating, its not about what you have in your home that’s frugal but what you do with it.

Frugal living is not about denying yourself what is best for you and your loved ones, its about choosing quality in all life’s venues. Providing living comfort and beauty should be the standard in any home. Many turn to a professional interior designer. but for others the cost is prohibitive or considered too indulgent.

Today there is a more affordable, frugal living option. It’s called Redesign. These are decorators who are introducing a different approach to interior design that supports a frugal living life style.

Redesigners are experts at presenting new decorating ideas using your old stuff.

They enjoy the challenge of being invited into a home, going through each room, and then, introducing different ways to manipulate or update. Incorporating interior design tools like:

Furniture Placement – by changing the way people enter or exit a room can highlight different accents and give the entire space a totally different look and feel.

Furniture Manipulation – Exchanging pieces from room to room or dragging stuff in and out of storage to create new groupings.

De-cluttering – It’s amazing the space making and decorating difference it makes to remove things that are not beautiful or useful from a home.

Paint – watch what can be done with paint, in the hands of an expert.

What Redesigners do is give everything in your home a fresh eyed look. Having never seen these things before, what has become routine and drab to you, can be reinvented in ways you have never considered.

For example, take that old dresser left in the guest bedroom. Add some new drawer pulls and a new paint treatment and it will become an elegant dining room side board.

Do you a need for an desk in your home office? Let’s grab that beat up old exterior door and make one? Let’s add some glass, a creative support system, again that frugally affordable paint, and the end result can become a beautiful French country desk. Perfect for your home office.

You’ll be amazed when you see what can be done with an old bookcase, or a collection of seashells. and tired tools and toys. Redesigners are experts in regrouping, reorganizing, re-imagining and re-cycling.

No matter what your frugal living budget may be you don’t need to look at interior decorating as an indulgence. It’s a great way to redecorate your home without spending a lot of money!