When considering a home interior project, thoughtful planning of flooring, walls, windows and lighting can produce a result you will be happy to live with.

home interior living roomThere are literally dozens of home interior choices that will make your space more attractive and more functional. Many projects can be implemented in one to two days for a cost ranging from zero to a few hundred dollars. You can break these home interior options into categories by function or by room, depending on how you plan to work.

For example, if you plan to replace all of the flooring in your home interior at one time, you would choose from among the available flooring types for the way you live in your home:

  • children/no children
  • pets/no pets
  • spend a lot of time at home/spend a lot of time traveling
  • and so on.

On the other hand, if you plan to work on one room at a time, you would need to determine what you need for the project room in terms of wall covering, flooring, lighting, storage, window treatments, furniture, etc., depending on who will use the space, how it will be used and how it relates to the rest of your home interior.

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Let’s take a closer look at some categories you will want to consider when planning your home interior makeover.

Flooring

You will probably choose different types of flooring for different areas of your home interior. Entryways, mud rooms, bathrooms and kitchens need a floor covering that can stand up to moisture. Bedrooms and hallways benefit from a sound dampening material like carpet or cork. You may prefer the warmth and natural beauty of hardwood, the durability of concrete, stone or tile or the easy care of sheet vinyl or linoleum.

Care requirements are also a factor. Most resilient floors require only sweeping or dust mopping on a regular basis with an occasional damp mopping to clean up spills or refresh the floor. Carpet must be vacuumed regularly and should be professionally cleaned at least once a year. Marble and other natural stones may require honing, polishing and other special treatments periodically to keep them looking their best.

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 Walls

Paint adds drama to this dining room - home interiorMost people, by default or by choice, have drywall or plaster walls with a coat of white paint. But treated creatively, walls can add so much to your home interior. Do not fall into the trap of thinking that you must keep your walls white or plain so your house will sell well. Unless you are planning to sell your home in the near future, use paint, wallpaper, textured plaster and other methods to create an interesting, inviting atmosphere that you will enjoy. Kitchens and bathrooms are great places to use tile on the walls to add drama.

Window Treatments

Whether simple or elaborate, window treatments are not just for appearance. They can serve a variety of other functions, like light control, privacy, temperature control and ventilation, to name just a few. You can choose from shades (plain or patterned), shutters, blinds of all kinds, drapes, valances and more, in a host of materials.

window coverings give privacy - home interior The great thing about window coverings is that you can layer them, putting a sheer drapery over plantation blinds, for example. This allows you to control the amount of light and heat coming into the room (the blinds), while maintaining privacy when the blinds are open (the sheers).

The main thing is to think carefully about your home interior and how your windows relate to how each space is used. Then look for the best combination of beauty and function.

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Lighting

Creating an effective lighting design is another area where careful consideration of your home interior is required. How is the space used? Do you need to provide for mood lighting (dimmer switches or recessed lighting)? Which areas need task lighting (kitchen counters, stove top, desks, vanities)? Do you need to include specialized accent lighting for art?

The variety of lighting solutions available is truly amazing and often comes in coordinated sets so that you can use a similar look throughout your home interior for entryways and stairwells, dining rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms and even ceiling fans with coordinating light kits.

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With thoughtful planning in these areas you can create a professional looking home interior that you will be proud of for years to come.