I. Decorating is…
Decorating is very expressive as it creatively reflects who you are and should make you feel comfortable at home. It can also be very functional and should meet the needs of those who are using the space. Practicality is key. Lastly, design is simply very beautiful. The beauty of design should reflect the beauty of Christ. The goal in design should never be to reflect a prideful attitude or boast in a status.
II. Art is subjective
Interior design is very subjective. What is “light and open” to some may be “hollow and cold” to others and what is “cozy and lived-in” to some might seem “cluttered and suffocating” to others. While there are general design guidelines, all rules can be broken in decorating. However, I truly believe it is important to learn to appreciate styles other than your own. My interior design teacher in college consistently reminded us to find at least one thing to compliment the hostess on in her home.
III. Things to consider in a room
There are several things to consider when you begin designing a room. One must ask him or herself about the function of the room. Next, who will be using that room? Does this room need to be formal or casual and what feel am I wanting to achieve in this room. Do I have an Inspiration Piece around which I will design my room and where or what do I want the focal point to be? Finally, needs and wants for the room must be prioritized.
One major consideration when designing is whether or not your home permanent or temporary? (*Don’t invest in things you can’t take with you—carpet, cabinets, counters… and consider difficulty of moving window treatments)
IV. Time and Money
Ah, money. This was bound to come up. Always remember, a room will never be fully complete. Wait for the “right thing” and don’t fill in with things that aren’t quite right. Hold out and purchase quality instead of instant gratification cheap. Have a little patience; it’ll pay off. Before you go out and buy new furniture or accessories, evaluate what you own and see if you can make anything work. It is a good idea to save time and money to have a master plan and make sure that everything you buy fits in that master plan. (A nice, inexpensive piece may not fit with your theme.) Also, be careful of trends and try not to invest a lot of money in them. I’d recommend this process: 1. Start with the bare minimum of what you need/have. 2. Fill in missing pieces. 3. Add decorative and finishing touches.
V. Keep a Biblical perspective
God is the one who has given us all things and it’s these things that should bring us back to Him in thankfulness (Hebrews 13:5). Many times we do not need as much as we have (1 Timothy 6:6-7). This is an industry where discontentment and covetousness can creep in. Do not allow discontentment in the door for non-eternal things (Philippians 4:11-12). And always remember, people are more important than things.