When decorating your home the idea of hiring an interior designer can be tempting – after all they’re qualified professional right? Well yes, but they don’t have some secret set of rules to follow – so you really can achieve just the same look yourself without the cost! In fact there simply aren’t any hard and fast rules to interior design – it’s all about what’s going to best suit your lifestyle and the space you’re decorating. That said, there are some basic principles that you can use to guide you to ensure a great result every time – and they’re not tricks or skills that take years of training to master. Anyone can do them from day one. So here’s a guide to help you master those design basics and take your home décor to the next level.
Choose the Paint Colour Last
This might seem counter intuitive, but actually really helps when forming your overall design. Your wall colour is such a big part of your finished room, so why would you rush and have this be the first thing you choose before you really know if it’s even going to fit in with the furniture or accessories. Bring in at least a sample of your furniture colour, be it an upholstery fabric swatch or a painted piece of wood, and an accessory of your chosen colour – and leave them in the room for a few days before you go on to choose your paint colour, that way you’ll be totally sure that the largest area of colour in your room will tie in with your chosen accent colours. While we’re on the subject of wall colour, I should stress the importance of using tester pots to paint test patches in different parts of the room you want to paint. There are literally thousands of paint colors with various tints, tones and shades, and each one will look different in different rooms, and even in different areas of the same room due to varying light sources. Again, leave this a couple of days at least before painting the rest of the area so you have time to make sure you’re really going for the right colour.
Leave Space to Breathe
This one is great news if you’re working with a tight budget – you don’t need to fill your rooms with loads of furniture for it to look good. Instead spend more of your budget on fewer but better-quality pieces, and your room will look ten times better than if it’s stuffed to the gills with cheap flat pack furniture. Pine furniture is a fantastic choice as it’s sturdy and will last forever, and will age beautifully as well as looking good now – it truly can last a lifetime.
Having some guidelines gives people a good starting point for furnishing and decorating their home, but at the end of the ay it’s your home and only you are going to have to live there and see your chosen décor full time. So the most important thing you can do is be true to yourself; if you have a unique style, stand firm and stick to it even if it’s not typically going to fit in with standard interior design techniques. You want a personal space that makes you smile and, above all, is comfortable – not one that’s overly designed and stylized.
From time to time we publish original guest articles. The above article was written by Vickie Bailey.
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