Time for a change: Interior design ideasPublished on February 8, 2011

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Once you've determined that your home is in need of a new look there is a process that most interior designers follow, which does not start with a trip to the paint store to grab some samples!


It's all about determining how your space is going to be used.

The first thing you'll want to think about is exactly what activities and functions the space needs to perform.

This may seem obvious, but there's nothing more frustrating than designing your dream space only to remember at the last minute that you need to accommodate that baby-grand piano for your daughter's music practice!

Once you have a clear understanding of what you want to use the space for, you need to begin thinking about what kind of mood you want the space to invoke.

This will help inform your choices of colour, furniture placement and style, lighting, window treatments ... pretty much the whole nine yards.

Should the space be formal or relaxed? Do you want the space to be open and airy, warm and cozy, with a daytime or night-time feel? Do you need the environment to relax you or energize you? Should it feel traditional, contemporary or modern in design?

This probably seems like a lot to think about, but if you take a bit of time to work through what you need, you'll avoid multiple repaints, multiple furniture moves and the baby-grand surprise!

Over the coming weeks, we'll give you some tips to help achieve the feel you're looking for in your room, whatever your tastes.

Thanks for reading, and speak soon!


Graham is the owner of Blueberry Interiors, an interior decor consultancy, specializing in modern design themes. You can keep up with him here at Ottawa at Home, on Twitter by following @grahamcowen, or you can reach him directly at graham@blueberryinteriors.ca


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