There are many things that go into making a house feel like home. It’s not easy to put together a room and transform its features to make it feel homey and functional.
There are many things to take into consideration, from choosing the right paint for different rooms to deciding where to put furniture to choosing lighting options. This is where the expertise and help of an interior designer becomes crucial.
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12 top interior design tips
It’s your home. Vanessa Arbuthnott says that there are no rules in interior design and everyone can design their home. It’s all about having an eye for the details. You are the one in charge. While it is important to keep up with current trends, you can always add your personal touch to make it unique. You spend the most time in your home so it should reflect you.
Find inspiration for your mood board design
Vanessa suggests that you take inspiration from magazines, Pinterest, and Instagram to transform your interiors. Once you have a solid collection, you can begin to envision the look you want. A mood board can be a great way for you to express your creativity and unleash any design ideas that you might have subconsciously spotted.
Think colours and fabrics
You can begin to narrow down the colors you would like to use for your painted walls, wallpaper, furniture, blinds, curtains, and other decor. You could use the third colour as a focal point for pillows, cushions, quilts, and accessories like a tablecloth, painting, or even lampshades.
Before you buy paint or paper, try it first
You should always buy samples of paint and pots to see how colours change with lighting. Paint at least A2-sized paint patches on both the lightest and darkest walls of the room to determine how light affects the colour. This is particularly useful for finding the best white paint because it can change so much depending on the light.
Transform your old into something new
It’s much easier to work with a blank canvas, but it is more common to work with existing sofas and rugs. Take a close look at the rug to see if there are any colors you can use. Perhaps you could reupholster your old favorite sofa to give it new life. You can decide if you like pattern or plain; contemporary or traditional; and then look at the colour wheel or nature to find out which colours go well with each other. You can find pinks and greens mixed with orange, duck egg, and yellows with greys and blues.
Make sure you measure the furniture.
Choose the furniture that you would like to place in your space. Vanessa suggests that you think about the space. A large room will need a large sofa and a footstool. Even if the headboard is in a bedroom, most designers suggest that small rooms have at least one big statement piece. An appealing living space will be created by a balance of small and large pieces.
Take your time to analyze the look.
You can collect pieces as you find them. This will allow you to buy the things you love. Vanessa advises that you should not settle for what is available online or in stores. You can spend time analyzing the style and colour of your room by adding accessories. You will gain more interior design knowledge the more you add items to your home.
Returnable samples available
After narrowing down your choices and having a clear idea of what you want, order some sample returns. These are half metres of fabric that can be draped over the backs of chairs or pinched to existing blinds and curtains. After a few days, the test will tell you if they are still comfortable. This is a great way for you to compare fabrics with different paint colours.
Paint ideas that are bold and striking should be used
There are no more rigid paint guidelines. Interior design is all about embracing the ideas that work for you. There are no strict rules about painting ceilings, doors frames, and skirting boards in brilliant white – some of the best interior designers even oppose it! Kelly Hoppen’s tip for painting skirting boards can make a room seem larger. She explains that painting the skirting in the same color as the walls can create a feeling of space.
Measurement is the key
Measure up your windows before you start thinking about curtains or blinds for specific rooms. Learn more about this here: How to choose curtains, from styling to measuring.
Finish it off
Vanessa says that the finishing touches are what make it all worthwhile. Lampshades and rugs, cushions and paintings, as well as lampshades and rugs, can make a big difference. However, it is sometimes difficult to decide until the walls are painted or papered, and curtains are hanging. Accents of color can be created by highlighting the spines of books, throws on sofas or kitchen ceramics.
A signature scent can fill a space.
You can take inspiration from hotels and create a signature scent for your home. It’s amazing how this can transform your home. The best hotels have a signature scent that is used throughout the hotel. You can also choose your own signature scent for your home to make it stand out. There is no place like home. So make sure your senses feel at home from the moment you enter the building. You can find the best home fragrances by using essential oils, diffusers, and scented candles.