Interior design was once the domain of the rich and famous, those with unlimited time and resources to afford hiring an interior designer and purchase the collectibles or most contemporary items for a fresh look of their domiciles. Now with the help of HGTV and various affordable interior design magazines (hard and soft copy editions), nearly every Joe and Jane can do their own interior decorating on their own or with a little help from their friends of printed and video medias.
According to contemporary sources including HGTV, Fresh Home, Living plus several home furnishing vendors, the hottest trends in summer designing ideas range from the creation of a man cave to the simple addition of growing plants indoors.
As the urban man is getting comfortable in his own skin, he is extending that positive feeling to his own living space. A man cave is a room or space designated as “his space” with functional furnishings, his favorite team colors and the best in electronic equipment for gaming, Internet surfing and watching live or recorded programs.
Male Interior Designers
In the past women dominated the interior designing industry. In the new millennium, men are active in all aspects of designing from choosing color swatches to the finishing touches of wall hangings. No man is an island, nor is any woman. Collaborations of men and women bring their personal expertise to a challenge design project resulting in better time management and greater profits.
Stripes Are IN
Interior designers in 2013 are fulfilling the demand for dynamic designs with vibrant colored stripes. Zigzag, curvy, straight or cornered like curve ahead signage, horizontal or vertical-they are all chic and harmonize the simplicity or complexity of the furnishings within. Stripes are easily made with paint and tape or can be custom-made by a sign maker.
Safari, So Good
African countries are often in news and entertainment venues, keeping their influences in the forefront of our thoughts and reflected in our homes. This designing trend combines faux animal furs, wooden furniture, metal works, carvings and sculptures to complete an exotic atmosphere for the adventurous homebody.
Out Is In
Mobile plant panels and screens combined with lighting, fire or water features brings a refreshing look to the great indoors. Greening and flowering plants add an aesthetic touch to your space with the healthful bonus of air cleaning and humidifying.
Do It Yourself Design
Re-purposing an item lets the novice to expert DIYer express their inner self while saving the Earth for posterity. Weekend DIY projects can be as simple as refinishing a single wooden chair into a plant display or as extensive as putting together a roomful of furnishings from IKEA.
Get in Touch with Textures
Remember the living rooms of the past with plastic slipcovers protecting the finish for “good company”? Look, but do not touch is definitely a trend of the past with the tactile trend in popular furnishings. Touchable textures of rattan, suede, fur (fake, of course) and grainy wood finishes engage the occupants to feel the decor at a deeper level. Textures combine well to enhance the feel of a room as well as its owner.
Stop, look and listen before crossing a street; and at the next get together around the water cooler or social event for more interior designing ideas.
Phillippa represents a site called http://www.chcbuild.co.uk/. She enjoys writing about DIY and Home Design subjects on a regular basis.