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If this is
the year you’ve decided to tackle a daunting home remodeling project, take a
step back before knocking down any walls. Instead, put down your sledgehammer
and give your half-formed design choices life on paper. Map out the project,
costs and schedules included, and use these four remodeling ideas to spark your
plans.

1. Transport Your Design Through Time

Retro designs
add nostalgia to reimagined interiors. In going beyond obvious antiquities, opt
instead for a 1950s look, a postmodern concept that encourages the search for outdated furniture.
Better yet, many stores now create their own retro lines, so you can gain
mid-twentieth century camp without sacrificing twenty-first century fabric
safety.

2. Highlight a Key Decorative Accent

Use a wall,
floor or piece of furniture as a design epicenter. Examples of this approach
include a bathroom wall covered in Mediterranean tiles, a Greek-themed kitchen backsplash
panel made from tiny mosaic fragments, and the dark veneer of a hardwood floor.
On drawing from the seasoned opinions of Haynes Furniture executives,
flooring represents the quintessential foundation of an interior design, a
tactile surface that can be layered in silky-smooth hardwood and lush, durable
carpeting.

3. Blurring the Borders

The
unadventurous architect labels interior assets as belonging in certain rooms.
Likewise, traditional interior decorators tend to create interesting spaces
with good energy flow, but these spaces are still defined by established design
concepts. Adopt a reimagined styling methodology. Bring plants and shrubs
indoors, or, for a truly out-of-the-box look, erase tradition altogether.
Transport fire pits and kitchen counters outside, swapping them with
sundeck-covered patio features to soften the lines of demarcation drawn between
your indoor domain and the outdoor realm known as your backyard.

4. Give Cookie-Cutter Designs a Kick to the
Curb

There are
rules in interior decorating, but they can collapse like a set of domino blocks
when lateral thinking kicks in. Mix up colors, pushing elements of autumnal and
spring themes together just to see if they work. Mix-and-match decor and
furniture, adding fixtures to fill in the edges of your own unique design. 

Similarly
patterned furniture pieces and drab colors make a home look flat and boring, so
give that last idea serious consideration. But, on top of retro phases and
choosing a flooring form, ensure you leave room for your own personality,
elements that demonstrate your deep love for the interior of your home.

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