The Most Dramatic Home Design Elements

When many people think of home interior design they often conjure images of high priced consultants and even more costly furnishings. Yet each day we walk right past or over the most important and least expensive design elements in our homes. These are basic design elements that set the tone for any other decoration we will accomplish in our home. But like most things in life, the simple things are often overlooked or taken for granted.

The first of these design elements is so basic and yet so under-utilized that it is almost laughable, and just so happens to be the cheapest tool you can use to enhance the appearance of your home. PAINT. Before we can design any other element in our home we must first set the tone and depth of the backdrop. We have to paint the interior of any design area to enhance all other design elements. Before we can furnish or accessorize any room in the house we have to paint first. Color trends have changed and if it has been awhile since you last painted your home, you may want to give serious attention to this basic but necessary design tool. There are many more wonderful colors to choose from now and the colors you choose will set the mood and the backdrop for any home design plan. (We have some suggestions on how to use color to compliment you home on our web site).

The second fundamental tool that will make or break your interior design plans is your choice of window coverings. Here again we see that so many times we look right past this basic design element and focus on things that really do not make the impact that a proper WINDOW COVERING can achieve. Installing the proper window covering in the right colors will add depth and perspective to your overall design and the effect is phenomenal. Once again, if it has been some years since you updated your window coverings, you may find that other attempts at enhancing your home fall flat because of an outdated covering or color. Most window dressing is inexpensive and the current trend is toward the most simple of styles, so this means less money you have to shell out to update your home design.

The last tool I would like to discuss is also just as important as the first two and yet so often overlooked that literally we walk all over it. You must update your FLOORING. You can do all you want with furnishings and such, but if you set everything on and against a backdrop of outdated flooring and flooring colors, you have pretty much just wasted your time. What is that I hear? Someone is complaining about the cost of updating to modern flooring. You can update your floors without spending a fortune. Many hard surface floors, such as laminate, are designed to be installed by the homeowner, as a do-it-yourself project and this saves you money. Still too much for you to spend right now? Let me ask you this. Would most of you drive around in a twenty-year old car? No! And yet many of us think nothing of walking around on twenty years of dust, dirt, allergens and just plain outdated color. Your home and your family deserve better. If you are renting or living in a dorm or other such circumstance, you simply cannot replace that outdated floor. Or can you? If all else is impractical, then consider using an AREA RUG. They come in all sizes, shapes and colors, and can be the perfect solution to your flooring problem. It is a fact, that you will not browse any interior design magazine without seeing an area rug on the floor. That is how important they are to home design. You will also be pleasantly surprised at how reasonably priced rugs can be.

There are many area rugs on the market that are definitely cheap. Now let’s not go too cheap though, because an area rug is a design element that can last a lifetime. And it’s portable. You can always take it with you, or move it to another area when you adjust your home design. Rug styles also last, they don’t become outdated the way that other design elements can. And the best news is that a good quality wool rug does not have to cost a fortune. We feature 10’x13′ area rugs on our web site that are less than $500.00. This is quality and economy that will last a long time in your home. Many of these rugs were designed to last twenty-five years or more.

If you have a tired and outdated home design, remember three important tools of basic, and inexpensive design. You and your family will be much more comfortable in a home that is well balanced by the backdrop of Paint, Window Coverings and

What It Takes To Have A Good Website Design

Web designers agree that designing a website is a process that requires careful planning. In many cases, it does not matter what program you use to create your website. What’s more important is your plan on your webpage. A concrete plan should be based on what your website is all about and how you want to present whatever you have to offer to your targeted audience. Web design should be planned carefully before you start creating it. That way, you can come up with a great site.

Keep in mind that your webpage should be quick to load. Those that take forever to load will annoy your online visitors. They can take a long time to load if your webpage’s background image has a file size that is huge or if there are animations or videos on it. There are a lot more considerations to think of when designing a website.

In coming up with a good design, consider the purpose of your webpage. People usually go on the internet because they are looking for answers to their questions and problems. You should remember this when you are in the process of building your website.

There is an issue between content and design. Both are equally important. People look for content, but they want information that can easily be seen and read. Your web design should give emphasis to your website’s content. The common mistake of new designers is that they focus too much on the design, therefore, undermining the content.

Since your website focuses on answering a person’s need, you should, therefore, provide information regarding the solution to this need. People visiting your site would want to know what you can offer and do for them. They won’t care much about animations and flash presentations. Most people would want to go straight to the substance of your site.

If you search for a keyword that is in your niche on Google, you will find that the websites that come first on the list have simple layouts and designs and are easy to navigate. Even Google itself has a very simple design. It only has its logo and a search box in the center, where all you have to do is type the word or phrase you want to search about. The page tells you right away what to do and what to click.

So, what do you plan on offering to people? Do you want to offer solutions to carpet stain issues or house interior design troubles? Do you have something to say about landscaping? Do you want to give tips to bloggers and other website owners? When designing and making your website, focus on its purpose.

Keep your targeted audience in mind. Generally, what would they look for? To determine the answer to this question, you will have to do some research. Your website should be able to bring these people to what they are looking for. Keeping their attention to your site is essential if you want it to be successful. If they will not find anything useful on your page, then, they will just close it and look for another one.

Your webpage should also be easy to navigate. People would usually not have much time if they have to wonder where to go and what to do once they get to your site.

Choosing A Freelance Web Designer; Creative, Techie or Perfect Mix?

Finding a web designer to suit your needs can be a bit of a minefield, particularly if you don’t really know how to judge one from another. How do you choose? And what exactly is a web designer?

If you go to a web design agency, web design teams will often be split into a ‘backend’ technical team and a ‘frontend’ creative team, all of whom may be referred to as web designers. These will most likely be bound together by good project management and probably involve web editorial or marketing input to bring the content of the website to life.

One way of thinking about this is to think of the technical team as the mechanics who roll their sleeves up and get into the nitty gritty of designing the engine of the website; the database, the scripting and code. The creative team are like the interior designers furnishing the interior of the car and spraying on the paint. In addition to the visual creatives you have the wordsmith creatives whose job it is to lure visitors from the home page deeper into the site by making you hungry for more of their content. So, when you choose a freelancer you are trying to find one person who either has varying degrees of all the above skillsets themselves, or who has access to these skillsets. No easy task!

Most likely the freelancer’s strength will lie in one of the above areas and they may be weaker in the other areas. For example, you may have someone who is a whiz at the technical stuff but not so hot at the graphic design; and, is a site that is functional but perhaps not so visually appealing likely to achieve your goals? On the other hand, you may find someone whose visual designs look amazing but whose copy lacks the sparkle to entice prospects beyond the home page. As with most things it is all about weighing up what is most important to you. At least if you are aware of whether your web designer’s roots lay in the techie, visual or marketing sphere you will be clear about what you are getting for your money and where their potential strengths and weaknesses may lie. And, if you’re really lucky you will find someone who is strong in all areas!

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