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The rules of true taste in interior designing

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True taste is the capability to discern, understand and appreciate beautiful and ugly things, both in reality and in artistic works. Interior design is an area where the true taste can manifest itself.

The world of interior design has its own unspoken rules – like the fashion-related good taste, style in clothes and sense of moderation in jewelry.

Professionals with solid visual experience easily observe these conventions. But a person who first faces the issue of designing an interior can’t clearly distinguish good and bad ideas. Mistakes are difficult to avoid. The interior design art extends back over centuries, but the traditions are lost, and our life patterns have changed.

The first thing is choosing the materials for finishing. Just like you prefer to wear cotton clothes instead of synthetics, you should fill your house with natural materials. By environing yourself with an eco-friendly shell, you see about your health, while making the interior stylish. Put wood above laminate, stone above tile, paper above fleece. The trick is that any furniture looks more splendid on a good floor.

Good taste is inseparably associated with quality. Tried-and-true pieces are recognized as high-quality. At all times people appreciated marble and oak flooring, walls covered with silk, downy pillows and plaster moldings. A nice additional great quality of wood and stone is their ability to grow even more beautiful with time. They craze and darken, obtaining the so-called “spirit of the age.”

The widespread design tendency towards artificial aging and shelling of furniture, as well as purchasing antique pieces once again proves the far-sightedness of those who prefers natural materials.

True taste is the matter of finding best possible solutions consistent with time and place. Don’t try to create Gothic halls in a tiny apartment, don’t try to turn a suburban house into a Versailles palace. In this view, popular decorative stucco requires special attention and moderation.

Textiles, as an essential of home interior, explicitly reflect the house owner’s tastes. An abundance of curtains of natural fibers is great, as well as textile pieces on the floor.

Much has been said about flowers employed in the interior. It’s incredible to always keep a bunch of fresh flowers in the apartment or house. The smell, green leaflets, rich color of buds enliven the space and become the visual focus of the space, relaxing for the eyes. Never try to place artificial flowers in a vase instead of fresh ones; however, sometimes dried flowers can serve well to accentuate the room.

If the interior is supposed to feature a picture, note that an author’s work rates higher than a poster, an original picture is valued higher than a replica. Pay special and particular attention to the frame. The plainest strip of board will make the picture appear more elegant than a plastic frame with gilding.

And the most difficult is to select the proper color scheme for your interior. Master designers manage to harmoniously combine dozens of different colors in one space, as well as various patterns and textures. Do not strive to keep up with them. The safest choice is to use three colors, with one prevailing over the other two.

Taking small steps and introducing seemingly imperceptible changes, bring up your perception of beauty for improving your life’s quality. Bringing beauty into your home and life is a great pleasure. Experience it and confide it with your fellows.


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