Although not all of us can have a talent or an expert eye for interior decorating, we all know what pleases us when it comes to the layout and style of the insides of our homes. We know what color schemes we do and do not prefer; what circa era of the kind of furniture that appeals to us, etc. If it’s in your budget than by all means hiring a professional decorator can make a colossal difference to the overall feel of your home. However, for those who don’t wish to bite the bullet and pay for a professional designer here are 10 interior design tips professional decorators use that can help you develop an artful skill and get the look you want by doing it yourself.
– 1. Know Your Space – Interior design is all about creating a functional layout of a room. It’s important to take measurements of every room and purchase furniture pieces accordingly. Do not get pieces that are too large or too many. Over cluttering a room not only makes it less functional but it also cramps the room and makes it feel much smaller. This especially applies to families with children and/or pets who would prefer a more open layout with less decorative objects that can pose as obstacles.
– 2. Make Seating Your Priority – Most interior designers will tell you that you should allocate the most money into your couch as the couch is the center off the living room and is what you and your family/guests will probably spend the most time using. Seating can be an overwhelming decision process. What color to choose? What type of fabric? What size? What is a good quality sofa? Your personal lifestyle will influence this decision. Microfiber couches are extremely popular not only for their look and feel but for their functionality. They are easy to clean therefore a good selection for families with children. They are also more affordable than couches of similar aesthetics such as soft suade. It’s always a good idea to visit several showrooms to get an idea of what seating layout would work for your space. And choose a fabric you can live with for a long time that won’t go out of style so quickly. Ask yourself this, “Can I live with this floral pattern for the next 10 + years?”
– 3. Decorative Objects – Some may think that decorative objects are senseless and a waste of money. Why buy something that I cannot use? Well, the answer is simple – it is a statement that adds to your style. An eye for appealing aesthetics is something that you may not possess right away, but through trial and error you can discover the right assortment of decorative objects that work in your home. Many interior designers say you shouldn’t buy a decorative object for your home unless you absolutely love it. If you aren’t sure where to start try searching in home design magazines for ideas.
– 4. Add Some Green – A lot of people overlook adding house plants to their interior design. You’d be surprised at how much of a warm impact adding some natural elements to the room will make. Adding a potted palm plant can make a room seem fresher and more properly put together. Getting some Feng Shui tips on how to make the energy flow of the room with the use of house plants might be a good idea as well.
– 5. Layer The Room – When you layer a room it adds depth and volume which in turn adds to the overall aesthetic appeal. For instance, adding throw pillows to the couch or bed is a great way to add layers. Also, having an area rug over the room’s main carpet and hanging curtains over blinds and windows is another effective way to offer a contrasting layer to a room.
– 6. Incorporate Black or Dark Browns – No matter what your design tastes are incorporating black or dark brown colors is a little unknown trick that really works! Why? Because black adds a sense of depth, contrast, and draws a focus to a room like no other color does. It is a bold color that stands out. You can add simple traces of black such as pictures or paintings that are in black frames, a black print design on your curtains, black pottery or candle holders, or black throw pillows on couches and seats. You might not want to overdo it, but adding accents here and there can give the room a very modern look.
– 7. Create Vignettes – In interior decorating, a vignette is a grouping of objects or furniture. You can create a vignette on the wall by grouping a series of art or pictures together. You can also create a vignette with candles in the corner of the room or on an end table or coffee table. By arranging your items in this manner you create something for the eyes to focus on and stay for a while. If you are new to this idea start by grouping 3 items together that have common elements such as texture, color, and theme.
– 8. Make It Your Own – Don’t be afraid to let your personality, taste, passions, and lifestyle shine through! This is your home and you should decorate the way you want. If you have traveled the world by all means hang pictures of your travels or display items or artifacts you’ve collected on the way. If you like giraffes or music than incorporate them somehow through giraffe printed pillows or music insignia on the wall.
– 9. Stick With Classic Lines – Classic lines are classic for a reason – they never go out of style. So whether you’re a poor college student or trying to furnish your first home you want to steer away from choosing pieces that are very angular or too unique in design and shape. Why spend $5000 on a living room set that will likely go out of style in 5 years? You can incorporate trendy looks with far less expensive pieces but it’s best to stick with simple, clean and classic looks.
10. Take A Picture – A picture is worth a thousand words. Just like the adage of a painter who steps back from his painting to look at it from afar, you should do the same with your space. Take a snap shot and see what it looks like through a new perspective. In a way a photo allows you to see what the room looks like from a visitor’s eye. This will allow you to see things such as pictures that need to be moved that might be hung awkwardly, adding or subtracting throw pillows, or you may notice an empty space you now think should be filled. Allowing yourself an objective view can give you more ideas to create your perfect space!
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