Have you just purchased a new home or renovated your existing one? Or are you just in the mood to upgrade your home? Interior design does take some skill, but with the right tips on hand, it could be easier than it looks.
You may not need much to make a huge change. For example, skylights have become very popular and are a good way of bringing natural light into your home. Along with other tips, such as matching furniture and colour, you could easily decorate your home without the help of a professional designer. Let’s look at some expert advice you’d wish you had known about sooner and some common mistakes to avoid.
How Much Lighting Do I Need in My Home?
The character of a room is mostly defined by the natural light, as that impacts your choice of flooring, rugs, curtains, paint, style, and other elements. Skylights are an effective way of bringing more natural light into darker rooms with no or small windows.
Of course, the skylight cost factor may determine your choice. But consider how much money you’ll save in the long run thanks to using less artificial lighting. This can quickly make up for the capital investment of skylight installation.
The term ‘less is more’ is not applicable when it comes to lighting. It is better to have more lights in different forms, such as lamps, skylights, ceiling lights and other sources. Simply opt for light sources you can dim, if need be, rather than having too little light in general.
Choose Your Design Style Before You Start
Before getting started on your interior design journey, have a good look at what you love. Get cues from your cupboard and reuse old items you love. Get inspiration online and opt for design quizzes to help determine your style.
Remember, rather mix and match to keep things unique. And experts will tell you it’s your right to change your mind throughout the planning phase. Visualise what you love and note specific items or colours you would like to incorporate into your design style.
‘Less is more’ is applicable when it comes to clutter! You love your ornaments and photo frames, but keep to only what is necessary, especially in your bedroom. Keep nightstands simple and clear of any clutter, or you may feel overwhelmed, rather than using it as a place to relax.
Be Careful About Tech
Keep TVs and other electronics out of your room. The glare and flashing from the TV late at night can disturb your sleeping pattern more than you think. Avoid having anything that over stimulates, to ensure a good night’s rest. Consider replacing your TV with artwork that suits your room’s style.
Be Creative and Unique
You may feel comfortable with the old-fashioned way of decorating a home, such as matching colours and furniture. But try to explore new approaches and you may find methods that make your home feel more welcoming to YOU.
Some ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
- Nightstands don’t have to match. Having two different ones can give your room an abstract yet balanced look.
- Although colours should complement each other, they only have to match slightly.
- Mirrors don’t always have to hang. Experiment with your décor by propping a mirror against a wall instead of hanging it.
- Books don’t have to be placed in order of height. Be creative with your bookshelves by adding a small pot plant or ornament or using an old G-clamp as a weight to keep your books in place.
Choose Your Sofa Carefully
It is vital not to simplify sofa shopping but to consider style, colour, and comfort. However, the style and dimensions of your sofas play a very important role when planning the lounge layout.
Having pieces of different scales and sizes helps keep things interesting without being cluttered. Also, having one piece of furniture that draws attention is an important tip for interior design. But it does not overrule dimensions and with sofas this tip is especially helpful. Prevent having one piece of furniture that throws the entire lounge out of balance.
Wallpaper is Making a Comeback
Wallpapers are slowly making their return in the design world. Experimenting with wallpaper can:
- Help you give depth to a room
- Incorporate texture
- Make the colour palette more interesting
Ceiling wallpapers are just as popular and a design tip that people often overlook. Wallpapers are available in many styles, such as retro and bordered designs, not to mention the different colours! You can add a twist to your neutral colours without being too colourful and bright.
What About the Outdoors?
You may wonder if ‘interior design’ includes the outdoor patio and garden. Although the term may be misleading, many design elements can just as easily be applied to your deck, pool, and garden area. For example, choosing the correct lighting in your patio is just as crucial as choosing correctly for your study or bathroom. Do not let your creativity stop indoors!
Don’t be afraid to let your creative juices flow when designing your own space. Avoid the clutter, be open to experimenting, break yet mix the colour, and you’ll soon have a space you’ll love to come home to every day.