Interior design dos and don’ts
Designing your interior space can be a very enjoyable part of the process of making your house a home, and most of us have an idea of the look or overall design we want, but sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start. If you’re stuck for ideas and are looking to make the perfect impression with your home interiors, here are some tips to help you achieve “the professional look”.
- Plan your spaces by starting from the largest furniture items – sofa, large units, wardrobe etc.
- Choose your colour palette carefully – take your time and try colours before your final decision.
- Be brave, be different! Don’t be afraid to include unusual items in your room’s design – adding something quirky that you love will personalise the space.
- Only buy furniture and accessories that you really love.
- To add light, include a lot of mirrors to your spaces. Place mirrors opposite windows to reflect natural light into the room.
- To make a room feel bigger, paint it with one light colour, including skirting boards and cornices.
- To add interest and create depth, mix different materials, textures and styles.
- Use rugs on hard floors.
- Trust your instincts.
- Declutter, declutter, declutter!
- Don’t be afraid to add some pieces that don’t match your current style. There is always a way to blend different styles.
- Don’t forget the measuring tape, and measure everything several times. For example, when you order furniture make sure it will fit through the door. Many furniture items nowadays come with a “split option”, including sofas!
- Don’t copy styles from inspirational photos. Your terrace house, for example, may not be able to accommodate the ‘baronial’ look of a Chatsworth House interior.
- Don’t rush it.
- Don’t paint everything white, thinking you like “neutrals colours”.
- Don’t be afraid to invest in one great quality piece. Find a few key pieces and work around them.
- Don’t neglect the small details.
- Don’t ignore your storage options. Make sure you know what you need to have around you every day and find the right place or item of furniture in which to store everything efficiently.
- Don’t buy everything all at once. Take your time, keep in mind the overall look and shape of a room, and wait before adding more items. Take pictures from different corners of the room to have as guides.
- Don’t overdue the small accessories such as throws, pillows and pictures. Less is often more.
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