This is a very important area, after all interior design is what show off your own personality. One of the first thing that you have to decide on is what kind of look you are trying to achieve. For example, to go for a contemporary or traditional design. Then look at your budget, without a budget costs can get out of control and you may end up buying what you want instead of what you need first.
The finishing touches are always very important and if you can, get a professional Interior Designer to do this job for you.
Whether you are doing the job yourself or it is being tackled by a professional designer, at this point you have to decide on things like colours, lights, curtains, floor covering and so on. Do visit a lot of furniture and design shops, ask for assistance and explain what your aim is and get their recommendations. Find out what your options are with everything, from furniture to the effect of colours on your walls.
The best solution would be to get a professional Interior Designer to help you with this matter as they have the expertise in this matter and can advice you on the right products, materials and colours.
However, if you do not have the budget to do this you need to plan everything before you start. Decide where everything is suppose to go and if different things work together.
Ask different members of the family about what their needs would be and any recommendations they might have for that room. Put everything onto paper, mix colours and material and see if they give you the results that you desire. It would be a good idea to use a graph paper and transfer all the measurements onto it.
During the planning period is the time to keep asking yourself, would it be practical? Sometimes things look good on paper but they would not be practical in real life.
Do consider an Interior Designer if you can afford one.
If you wish to do it yourself look at the budget and ask yourself, how much would it cost me and can I afford it?
Are you going to do the job or at least some of the job yourself or are you going to give it to a professional. If you are going to do it yourself, are you going to be skilled enough for it and would you have the time in your busy life to spend on this project.
Whatever route you go for, ask yourself:
What is the aspect of the house and that room and how does the incoming light effect it?
Are you going to need special spaces for that room, for example if its a bedroom, do you need cupboard space? If it is a living room, do you need a place for the LCD screen TV on the wall? If its a dining room, do you need an area to keep the dishes and the accessories? If its a kitchen, have you got enough cupboard space and is the worktop at a height to suit you?
There are a lot of questions that can be asked, that is why you should get every member of the family involved, even children. You do not want to spend a lot of money and then find out that you have gone wrong.
After you have planned everything and for every room, go over it again and again. You will find that every time you look at it, there would be something new that you can improve with your design.
If things do not look right after you finally finished, do not panic. There are a lot of things that you might change your mind on after you have moved in as it is not always possible to know what it feels like until you have lived in it.
After all you just finished building a house, and if you need to change anything this would be a new project for you.