Do not Let the Weather Design Your Home

Half way through August and the first false hints that autumn is not far off are creeping into our gardens. Blackberries are ripening in the hedges, crab apples are flushing with rosy hues begging to be picked and turned intoicate jams and anyone venturing onto the lawn in the early morning has to step carefully to avoid the maze of spider's webs threaded amongst the dew drops.

With summer coming to an end our thoughts turn indoors to redesigning and decorating ready for Christmas. With a virtuously limitless choice of colors and a vast range of materials, interior design has never been such fun. Unfortunately, with such a choice, unless you follow the latest trend, interior design has also never been so confusing. Just how do you choose from the whole sweetshop of possibilities?

One simple way of cutting your way through the maze is to employ an interior designer. They can help with advice on trends, fabrics and color combinations. Not only that, but interior designers can suggest best layouts for rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens, create moods for bedroom design, help you make the most of small spaces and suggest the best lighting to enhance mood.

Whilst interior designers can suggest colors and layouts they will be working with you and matching your style to the final plans. Although some of your tastes do not tend to change, others will migrate over time and it is important to recognize this when you are looking at color and fabrics. One aspect that many people overlook is the effect that the season has on their choice of colors.

Mention autumn and the instinctive reaction is to think of russets and browns, of long walks in autumn gales and snuggling up at night next to a dancing log fire. This instinct translates into the way we look at our homes and we are more likely to think about warm colors when we decorate in autumn and winter. Spring, with its new life and fresh breezes moves us towards greens and yellows whilst summer opens up brilliant whites and the clear blue of the sky.

Your interior designer will help guide you through these sentences and work with you so that you can visualise how your home will look through the year. Sometimes something simple such as a variety of throws or a change of lamp shade combined with variable lighting will enable you to change the feel of a room with the seasons. Alternately you may have a room that is more used in the winter than the summer and decorating that with warm colors will meet your winter needs while using clear brighter colors may suit rooms leading directly to the garden.

Whatever you choose, make sure that it fits with your personality and style. At the end of the day, you have to live with the d├ęcor and it is your home. Remember that and enjoy your interior design.