Foolproof Interior Design Tips For Beginners

Foolproof Interior Design Tips For Beginners

Interior design does seem like a daunting task, doesn’t it? There is so much to take in and so little time to get it done. You don’t want your house looking like a bulldozer has run through it for six months.

But, fear not because this isn’t the end, in fact, it is just the start. Even the biggest novice in the world can resurrect their home; all they have to do is follow a few simple tips.

These tips for beginners will guide you through the process, turning those nightmares into your dream home. Here’s what you need to do.

1. Functionality

The first problem that arises with interior design is the functionality of a room. Once you have figured that out, you can start to furnish it or think of ideas that you like. For example, who is going to use the room? Is the room going to cater for lots of people? If that is the case and guests will be coming and going as they please, you want hard flooring over carpets. However, if the room is mainly for decoration, you can decorate it more delicately. You will be safe in the knowledge that nothing will go wrong in there because it is not in use often.

2. Commit To Colour

Colour plays a huge part in any home because it adds life and vibrancy. However, colour can go completely wrong if you don’t get it right. You can’t just put any colours together and hope for the best because some of them simply don’t fit.

You have to commit to a colour scheme that suits the room and everything in it. Not only do you have to be careful or what colours you pick, they have to go with the colour of the furniture. You can do this with specific colours that you like, or there is a general principle that professional decorators use. The ‘three colour’ principle states that you use one neutral colour and two colours that complement each other.

Finally, consider what you want from the room. If you want a warm, cosy room, go for dark colours to give that effect. Lighter colours, however, make a room seem bigger and cooler.

3. Fitted Furniture

Furniture has a tendency to make a room look small if it is oversized. If you choose the wrong furniture, you run the risk of ruining the whole effect of the room just because the sofa is a size too big. Get the tape measure out and size up the room so you don’t make that mistake.

Again, colour is an issue. Don’t worry too much about the colour because a good trick is to use accessories. Buy whichever furniture you like and then style it to the room using throw covers and cushions.

Also, consider where the furniture is going. It is not just a style issue as it is also an issue of maintenance. A sofa in the sunlight can begin to fade if it is kept there for long periods of time.

4. Sourcing Equipment

Obviously, you want your house to look its best. That means that you have the best equipment available to you to make it happen. However, you cannot do it if you don’t source it from the correct places. There are hundreds if not thousands of places to source your materials, but make sure you pick a company that the industry knows about for its quality. For example, the Kenyon Group are known for their products and their professionalism. They provide equipment such as Kenyon Group Adhesives that are well respected throughout the industry.

Choosing the right source isn’t easy, but it is necessary. The only foolproof method is to do plenty of analytical research and come to an informed decision. When you do make your final choice, only time will tell whether it is the correct one.

5. Take Care Of The Small Details

The big issue is essential, there is no question. It doesn’t mean you should leave the small details aside. The fine print is what elevates good interior design into the truly great interior design. What most people wouldn’t even consider as a task that needs completing you should put just as much effort and thought into as you would the colour scheme.

If you don’t, it can have consequences for the overall look. For example, what are you going to have as window dressings? It sounds simple because you are likely to pick curtains or blinds like most houses. But, what is your thought process and how have you come to the decision? You need to be aware that window dressings have advantages.

So, if you want the room to be darker, like a bedroom, go with curtains. But, if you want more light[1] to make the room look bigger choose blinds. Remember, the small things matter.

6. Positioning

Even the professionals find positioning difficult. The reason it is so hard is it is your personal preference, but there is a wrong answer. But, just like the pros do, use a fool proof plan to get yourself out of a sticky situation.

All you need is pencil and a piece of paper to sketch on. From there, you can sketch as many combinations as you want with your furniture and accessories, and choose the one that looks the best. It might take a little bit of time, but there is not a simpler way of doing it. Plus, if it is good enough for the specialists, it should be good enough for you.

7. Focal Point

Don’t be afraid to add a focal point to a room. In fact, you should because it makes life a lot easier. Also, with regards to positioning a focal point is a great way to position your furniture and accessories in a room around it.

Think about every room you have in your home and there will inevitably be a focal point that everything revolves around. It can be a big sofa, bed or television, but it should be something.

See, interior design isn’t as hard as you thought is it? To be honest, it seems quite easy when you explain it like that!


Nhu Anh

Nhu Anh is a professional editor in the field of architecture and interior design. Having a strong desire for architecture and design in her writing career, Nhu Anh attempts to provide readers the most wonderful architectural news and projects.

 

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