Decorating any of the room depends on its color - pastel
or bright and matte, egg-shell or glossy; focal point of
the room such as a window with a great view, entertainment
center, a beautiful vase or idol of Buddha; function(s) of
the room - whether it is a bed room, drawing cum dining
room study cum play room for kids; natural light coming in
the room and its lighting system; and the traffic flow in
the room, which is maximum in kitchen, bath and lobby.
Here are some basic and important thumb rules and
decorating principles to keep in mind before you start
your home décor project:
of the room decides the furniture that goes in it.
bedroom needs a bed, one or two nightstands, a dresser,
chest of drawers closet and/or armoire and a chair or
room may be a nursery with crib and changing table or for
older children, needs to be equipped with a study desk, a
shelf, rack or chest to keep their toys and playthings and
may be bookshelves.
breakfast or room where you eat must have a table and
seats enough for all the daily users with options to
expand to accommodate occasional guests. Extra chairs may
be kept stacked in a corner when not in use.
rooms, living rooms, entertainment room or place for
casual gatherings should have comfortable seating
arrangements, television, area for playing (depending on
personal choice) and may be a computer to work or chat on.
You may add fireplace for warmth and elegance.
or hanging plants and beautiful arranged flowers bring
colors of Nature inside. Even a single rose in a sleek
vase can spice up the table décor.
not think that daily-use instruments such as taps,
showers, cables, wires, switches and sockets do not need
to be included in your color scheme. They can become
powerful accents in the hands of a skilful detail-oriented
interior designer and they are very much visible.
the color of the room affects your mood so choose them
carefully according to your personality and if another
room is visible through the room, try to create a harmony
between their colors. Areas can be defined in a very large
room with subtle changes in the color of walls.
walls can be a good backdrop for your artwork or display
and cool colors seem to add space to the room while warm
and dark colors shrink it and make them look cozy.
them in contrasting colors can highlight attractive
architectural elements such as trims and moldings.
However, it shrinks the space a little bit.
them in the same shades as the backgrounds can hide ugly
elements. It opens up the space too.
trends keep changing so opt for a classic palette
appropriate for the size, comfort level and function of
the room. You may experiment with furnishing and
in which the room is located in the home and that of the
windows of the room determines the amount of sunlight that
comes in the room and at what time. A window in the east
brings in not-so-intense morning rays. You can use natural
daylight to the utmost by assigning the rooms accordingly.
A room to the east can be used for morning chores such as
preparing and having tea and breakfast.
are good choices as window treatments for rooms that get
more natural daylight as they allow you to welcome it or
shut it off, as you like.
evening gatherings, room with windows opening to the west
is better as they allow you to have lovely sunset views.
It can be used as family and living room or library. The
light here plays along well with warm and rich colors.
studying, home-office or craft room, you can choose a room
with windows to the north that brings in soft daylight for
longer periods of time that goes along well with light
room with windows to the south can work well as a green
room and is good enough for indoor plants as it has more
access to sun heat. Don't use accessories that will fade
in sun here.
does not flicker and is still provide more illumination
than electricity, so make more use of it in daytime. It is
diffused enough to not hurt the eyes. The constant
pressure to adjust to the bright area of electric task
lighting and shadows surrounding it can be harmful for
these delicate organs.
lighting is generally of two types - Incandescent
lighting, which is warm and soft and Fluorescent lighting,
which is harsh and glaring but focus-oriented.
a focal point of the room with the help of rare pieces,
beautiful collectibles or contrast in colors. Some sure
shot focal points are fireplace, window views, tabletop
fountain, burning candles, entertainment center, piano,
bed, sword and shield, giant religious statue or anything
that is out of the ordinary in the room.
may either highlight your primary and immovable focal
point or distract the person with another focal point for
a very large room.
the area with traffic flow free to avoid bumping into
furniture. Furniture arrangement should allow people to
move easily through the room, to the door, window and
closet and make use of the furniture, dresser or drawer
without any problem.
placement of furniture takes into account space available,
size of furniture, the location of doorway, seating
arrangement, obstructions, light fixtures and wiring.
thumb rule is that traffic flow should not have too many
curves and bends. So work on it.