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Standing on the shoulders of others: do it yourself interior design tips
Watch television, read books and magazines, and start a scrapbook — you’ll come up with plenty of interior ideas for your home

by Jim Johnson

Just because a certain look is great on television doesn't mean that it will fit in well in your home — try to visualize the effect in your house.
If you like the idea of coming up with your own home interior design, you are not alone. Lots of folks are planning out and then executing their own interior designs. But how do you come up with great home interior design ideas?

These days one of the easiest ways to get home decoration ideas is simply to watch television. There are several shows that are dedicated to the subject of completely redesigning an entire house room by room. It may be helpful to have a pencil and paper available to take notes as you go, and also to record the program for later viewings.

Even though you may get some great home interior design ideas from these television shows, ask yourself whether or not they will fit well in your particular home. Just because they look great on television in someone else’s space does not mean that they will fit in well in yours. Try to visualize the whole project from beginning to end in your house.

Television isn’t the only source for home decoration information and ideas on interior design. There are several great books on the subject available that help designers of almost any background and experience level. The advantage of books is that the documentation is already done for you. It usually has a very well thought out plan for implementing any kind of home interior design on its pages. Usually you’ll have more than enough photos and drawings to help get a good mental picture of the process as it goes.

Another way to get excellent ideas for interior design is to look through magazines on the subject. There is no shortage of magazines that are devoted to home decoration and interior design. Believe it or not, many professional interior designers collect large quantities of magazine articles and pictures and store them in a way that will help them have a larger pool of ideas to draw from in the future. Not being a professional yourself, it may be a good idea to start your own scrapbook of home interior design articles and photos that you can separate according to a specific theme or room type. Sometimes, the best decoration ideas are a combination of ideas that are brought together from several different sources to form a unique, one-of-a-kind design.

As you become more comfortable with your own level of creativity, you will be able to combine aspects of one design with another more adeptly. However, when you start out it may be best to stick to the overall themes and suggestions given in your preferred resources for achieving the look that is desired.

If you begin to assemble this archive of home interior design ideas right away, it won’t take long for you to have a really sizable reference guide to help you come up with almost any idea that you could ever need.

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