From choosing textures to balancing color schemes, adding artwork, and arranging furniture, interior designers are skilled at turning an ordinary space into something special.
However, not everyone can afford to shell out for professional expertise, and with our interior design guide, you can create a designer look in your home without the expense. Here are some tricks of the trade to help you take your home to the next level.
Deciding on a color scheme is a fundamental part of interior design. Different colors can evoke different moods, so it’s important to take your time in deciding how you would like to infuse color into your living spaces.
When it comes to choosing your palette, think about colors that will create a cohesive look for your home by choosing analogue hues that use three colors next to each other on the color wheel. Also known as the 60/30/10 rule, this decorating rule states that 60% of the room should be a dominant color, with 30% as the secondary color or texture and 10% as an accent.
Choosing one color as the dominant hue with the remaining, accent colors, used to create emphasis and impact is a simple and easy way to get started with color.
Textures are just as important as color when it comes to the overall look and feel of a room, adding dimension and interest. Appealing to the senses, incorporating texture through the layering of fabrics and the use of patterns can bring warmth and sophistication to an otherwise ordinary room. Consider adding some texture to your home with a scattering of soft cushions, a rug, velvet armchair or a faux fur blanket draped over your sofa.
Most interior designers will select a statement piece to stand out from the rest. Whether it’s a piece of furniture such as a chaise lounge or a coffee table, or a bold piece of wall décor, a statement piece must be something that works with the rest of the décor while still being the star of the show. No matter what you opt for, your statement piece ought to be something you genuinely love having in your home and expresses something about you.
Incorporating vintage items or classic pieces you’ve inherited from family or bought at an antique market are invaluable ways to add a timeless look to your home. The sofa is the main piece of furniture in the living room, so it is important to choose a high-quality fabric that is not only comfortable, but durable. Consider upholstering an existing sofa instead of purchasing a new one, or simply elevate it with a scattering of elegant cushions.
Use accent pieces to add a design element that stands out adding depth and color to the composition of a room. A few accent pieces, such as a rug, coffee table, artwork, or floor lamp can help to incorporate the style you want without being overbearing.
Now that you know the basics of interior design why not have a go at decorating your home with the tips outlined in this article.
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