If you’re new to interior design but are interested in giving your home a makeover, things like colour schemes, design patterns, and selecting the right materials and style might make you feel overwhelmed and hesitant to even try.
Luckily, creating a cohesive and balanced design for your home can be easy if you follow our few simple and easy tips for novice designers and decorators.
Let’s see what those are!
Don’t Pick the colour of Your Walls First
If you want to achieve a coherent and balanced design when decorating your space leave the choice of wall colour for last.
Choose and set up all your furniture pieces and decorative items first and then decide which colour would work best for the walls. You can choose the colour of your interior walls out of an extensive palette of colours, while you might not be able to easily find pieces of furniture and upholstery in a specific colour or pattern that you need.
Choose Two or Three Main colours
Don’t mix a lot of different colours in one room, or throughout the entire house. Stick to two or three main colours and choose different hues, shades and tones of those colours to achieve consistency throughout.
Don’t Push Your Furniture All the Way Against the Walls
Give your furniture space to breathe instead of pushing everything up against the walls. A few inches of space between the furniture pieces and the walls is just enough to give the room an airier feeling.
So, while it may be your first instinct to push the furniture right against the wall, give it a few inches of space instead and your rooms won’t feel as stiff as a result.
Buy Items that Spark Joy
Marie Kondo’s famous approach to decluttering and tidying up teaches us to only keep items that still spark joy in us and speak to the heart. A similar principle can be applied to interior design as well.
Keeping or buying items and furniture pieces that are not just functional but have some personality as well can give your place a homier look and feel. Simply throwing in a few decorative pieces that have sentimental value and are more eclectic than practical can also help you achieve that perfect balance between functionality and an aesthetically pleasing design.
Use Large Decorative Pieces that Make a Statement
If you’re ever in doubt, always go with a few big accent pieces, such as a large mirror, potted plants, large paintings and so on, rather than cluttering up your space with itty-bitty items dispersed throughout the room.
A stylish bowl of seashells and decorative rocks, a large vase or even an interesting chair with flair and character will do the job well. Whatever it is you decide to use make sure your accent pieces complement your space instead of making it seem crowded or impose on the natural flow of the space.