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Interior decorating design elements are the key to a successful room transformation. Once the design elements are decided on, it will be easier to develop a plan and shop for your project.

First, make sure the room suits its needs by being functional. The rooms in a home are built and decorated to serve a specific purpose, or several purposes. Each family could use the same space a different way, but the room should be decorated with the intended purpose in mind. A living room full of beautiful but uncomfortable furniture, does not suit the intent of being a useful room for family members to relax and enjoy each other's company. This living room would be better suited as a second area for formal company, when a family room or a great room exists. Rooms should be functional even if they have more than one purpose. A comfortable but formal living room would be an excellent solution to this space dilemma. With comfortable furniture, appropriate natural and artificial light, tables next to every seat to set beverages and activities upon and an overall inviting atmosphere, this living room hits the mark.

Second, the room should fulfill the mood it was intended to create or nurture. A bedroom in a bright exciting color could present a problem and result in insomnia. A large room filled with small furniture could create a feeling of emptiness, while a small room filled with oversized furniture could create claustrophobia. Pre-planning is very important for mood decorating. Determining the use of the room and its contents will help ensure it fits the bill.

Third, the decor of a room and its contents should complement each other and create both visual and emotional harmony. A room so bright it hurts eyes is an example of a room that fails to create visual or emotional harmony. A room is supposed to stimulate or relax its occupants while being aesthetically pleasing to the eye. When adding accessories to a room, a splash of color (contrast) should occur in no less than three pieces, or it will seem out of place. However, it should not be so frequent that it overwhelms the space. When integrating patterns, contrast, color, or a theme into a space, the goal is to complement and create unity, not discord. Experiment with different color swatches for fabrics, upholstery swatches for furniture and paint colors to create the right look.

Interior decorating design is not as complicated as it sounds. It's all about learning how to make one's decor fit together to create the right look. Using design elements and a little trial and error, everyone can achieve their version of design perfection.

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