^Thank you sis for the compliment. But Im not a pro.
My suggestions here are based on my personal preference that is greatly influenced by my fave tv shows that has something to do with home reno and interior decorating. I supplement this by reading home design magazines and i pick up al ot of ideas from there.
Also, since last year, we have visited more than a dozen model houses as well as open houses. When we do oculars, I get to talk to the tradesmen working (if i see them around) or interview the sales rep of the property developer. And I really learn a lot from these visits since i do get to see first hand how the houses were decorated, from the kind of floors used, carpeting, wall color, window coverings and furnishings and accessories, ect. And i get to ask questions pa from which comes good explanations.
Another thing, my husband and i love to visit home improvement centres. We live abroad, so basically home improvement is DIY unless you have a budget for contractors. In these stores, you find model kitchens, and rows upon rows of fixtures you will need to update the look of your house. I like browsing through the numerous selections of cabinetry, counter top, paint colors, lighting fixtures, etc. etc. And again, i get valuable insights from the sales people in these stores. They even teach you how to install hardwood/laminate, tiles, do simple carpentry, and suggest which is a better brand or combination thereof.
Another favorite outing is going to big furniture stores where there is a display of the latest design in furnishings and appliances. These stores have model set-up of living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms using different styles of interior design.
It also helped that I have a relative who is a skilled carpenter who shares tips and tricks on home improvement.
So there. I just like to share the little that i know from all these resources so that we all learn from each other