9 Interior Design Suggestions That Everyone Should Know
9 Interior Design Suggestions That Everyone Should Know
We can all achieve a well-decorated space by following a few design tips. While we all cannot possess the eye for exquisite design and detail — we can still decorate our homes. In some ways, interior decorating can be thought of as a formula with specific steps; building blocks help create your very own interior design with a beautiful flow.
On the other side, there is an art to decorating; a flair that doesn’t really follow any rules or formulas.
There are some basics when it comes to pulling together the interior design of a room. By following these 9 steps you can create a peaceful and functional interior space that will makes it feel like home.
Creating a great interior design takes some skill and creativity, along with time and financial means.
1) Functional Layout
Interior design must begin with a functional layout of a room I suggest looking online for the numerous free offerings of online tools for room layout and design. In these design programs you can input room measurements, furniture measurements and then play with room layout to see what is most optimal.
We learn a lot of our floor plan mistakes the hard way, so why not virtually design your room first, avoiding the drudgery of moving heavy furniture around, and failing repeatedly to get the proper layout.
Functionality of your home is dependent on individual lifestyles. If you are an empty nest or busy families consider your individual living needs.
2) Splurge on Seating
Most designers will tell you that if you are going to splurge on one item, then let it be the sofa. Choosing the correct seating for a room the right color,fabric,and size can be overwhelming!
Visiting numerous interior design stores will also help you in the initial search of style options that suit your needs and tastes. But before venturing out to shop, MEASURE! It would be awful to fall in love with a piece only to discover that it is too large for your space. A sofa can be a lifelong investment when the best quality is purchased, so buy the best that you can afford. Also choose a fabric that you won’t grow tired of.
3) Decorative Objects
It seems frivolous to add objects into a room that have no real use. Why would I buy something that I cannot use? Well, the answer is simple—because it makes a style statement, thereby adding to your decor.
You may not posses right away, but through trial and error, you can discover the correct assortment of decorative objects that work in your home. If you absolutely love something, buy it, and find a place for it and a way to make it work. This mantra may work for those of us with a seasoned design knowledge, but not for the more timid newcomers to design.
I suggest browsing through magazines and interior showrooms to see what you love. Take notice of the way showrooms display their decorative objects.
4) Add Some Green
Adding plants and natural elements are for me a must have. It is amazing what happens to the warmth and design spirit of a room the minute that you add a tall potted palm plant. Immediately the room seems fresher and more properly put together, also making the air cleaner and the home brighter. I also add some silk flowers to pull in some color.
5) Adding Layers
Layering a room is paramount to comfort and visual warmth. Look to the room in the image below. A fuzzy area rug is layered over the rooms main carpeting; pillows are perched in layers on the bed, on the chairs, sofa, ect; curtains layer the windows; a blanket can add layers the side of a chair or sofa….
All of these elements form a coziness that help achieve a well-decorated aesthetic. While considering the layers that you would like to add to your design think about choosing varying textures and fabrics— think velvet pillows, silk curtains, mohair blankets, and plush area rugs. All of these different textiles make the layering effect even more lavish going from blah to beautiful.
6) Incorporate Black
This little-known trick works! No matter what your design tastes— country to minimalist— every interior design should incorporate a few splashes of black.
Black adds a sense of depth, character and focus to a room. It can be as simple as incorporating pictures in black wooden frames, or a black graphic print, or a black stripe lining throw pillows.
7) Create Vignettes
As mentioned,decorative objects can take a space from bland to outstanding. Not only do you have to incorporate decorative objects, you also have to place them into proper vignettes and not over do them.
A vignette is a grouping of objects or furniture. You can create a vignette through a grouping of art on your wall, or a grouping of objects on a table, or a grouping of chairs near a window to create a conversational seating. By arranging your items in this manner, you create areas for the eye to stop, relax and stay awhile.
Arranging your favorite objects on a coffee table is always a good idea, or create a centerpiece of candlesticks on your dining table, anything goes as long as it is a cohesive grouping.
8) Making It Yours
This is where you get to showcase your personality. A home that doesn’t speak to the owners loves, travels, tastes, passions, and hobbies is always a pleasure to visit.
If you love color, then find ways to incorporate color through pillows and removable wallpaper or accesories. If you have travelled the world, then showcase the pictures you have taken or the items you collected while traveling.
9) Classic Lines are always a safe way to go
It is always best to keep the lines of your larger (more expensive) furniture pieces classic.
Classic lines are classic for a reason—they will never go out of style. You can incorporate trends in less expensive pieces, but I suggest it is best to keep your main furnishings simple, clean and classic.
If you need help with your decor I will hone your style down to its very essence, and be able to choose a functional layout that feels natural to you. Today, an interior designer can be involved as much or as little as the client desires. Many clients who hire me particularly those who are remodeling have a good sense of how the room should look and what product they should use. Often my clients will insist that I use the product already present in the home. Other times, I will need to start from scratch especially if this is a just-purchased or just-built home. I will need to figure out exactly what the client needs. This means organizing rooms, laying tile, picking carpeting and colors, and finding the perfect pieces of furniture to compliment it. Ask yourself what you want your space to become, and what it will be used for. Figure out the extent of what you need help with, what your must-haves are, and what your budget is. Also you may also look through photos by style, like Traditional, Transitional, Contemporary, Modern, Eclectic, Mediterannean, Asian, or Tropical to find which style fits you.
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