If you're thinking of changing the look of your home's interior design - or even if you're just dissatisfied with a single room in the house, you're probably casting about it in all directions for new ideas.
And ideas are all around you - from the gloss and unreality as displayed in today's television shows, to examples you see when you visit the homes of your friends or acquaintances.
There are books on interior design published every day... but books are limited to a set number of pages and can't possibly cover every aspect of design.... which is where the niche magazines covering home decorating come in. There are dozens of them, most of them focusing on a certain kind of design, while others do focus on the general aspects.
So regardless of what kind of design you're looking for, an interior design magazine will probably have covered that in a past, present, or future issue.
You will find interior design magazines practically everywhere you look - from the magazine racks in book stores to home improvement stores such as Home Depot, Menard's or Lowes. Wal-Mart and Target carry vast selections. Indeed, home decorating magazines are so popular that even your local gas station will probably have at least one on its magazine rack.
Books on interior design and decorating can become dated - but magazines will always have the cutting edge information the homeowner will want to know to create the best designs possible.
These magazines - House Beautiful, O At Home, Home Companion, Veranda and Country Living to name a few - will also have the latest information on the newest gadgets, tips for cleaning and organizing the home, as well as ideas for entertaining.
How many styles are there for the interior designer to choose from? There are so many that it's not possible for one book to cover them all, which is why interior design magazines are the way to go.
Design styles vary from bringing back the classics of yesteryear: the Federal style or the Edwardian style, the Adirondack style, the Art Deco style (my own personal favorite), Baroque, Bungalow, Japanese... to the modern age of PLUG (planned ugliness) to Miami modern! There are too many to list them all, which is why searching the web and reading a variety of magazines is the way to go.
Of course once you've gotten your idea out of a magazine you still have to bring it to fruition. At this point of course you'll have to start as you would with any other home design- assess who will be living in the home - if you have a lot of kids running around you probably will not want to have a lot of bric-a-brac around that could easily be broken. Although, the magazines will probably give you tips on how to ensure that that doesn't happen, regardless of how many kids you have.
Interior decorating and interior design magazines are a great tool for the home owner, so make sure you consult them whenever you're planning a change or an improvement.
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Article Added on Wednesday, May 30, 2007
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