It’s a well-known adage that there is no freedom without art. Interior décor is no exception to this.
However, when designing your dream home there are a few guidelines you can follow to make it less complicated and overwhelming for you. We’ve spoken to our interior décor specialists to find out what they are:
Plan Your Space
Redecorating your home can be fun and exciting, especially since there are so many exciting trends and options to choose from. However, space planning is crucial to ensure that your space is functioning correctly, that traffic flows easily, and that your furniture is scaled appropriately.
Start by making a measuring tape your new best friend: It will not only help you ascertain if your furniture will fit through the door but will also give you an insight into how it will fill your space.
Don’t forget to measure the square footage of the space, including any architectural elements like archways or windows. Online programs like www.smartdraw.com and www.roomsketcher.com can help you create floor plans, furniture layouts, and design the look and feel of the area you are redecorating.
Consider the Colour Carefully
Picking the wrong colour for your walls is one of the most common interior design mistakes and can end up costing you a tiny fortune.
Paint colours alter significantly depending on the direction the room is facing, the colour of the light (consider if you are using warm or cool bulbs), other elements within the scheme and the time of day. Consider the function of your room before choosing a colour – do you want to create a cosy evening spot or vibrant entertainment area?
Don’t count on paint swatches to make your decision. Invest in small sample pots and start by painting the colours on your wall. This will give you clear visibility and will help you choose the right colour for your home.
In the same breath, don’t be afraid of colour either. You can create a beautiful statement wall that will bring unexpected energy in your room. Or go for a neutral lick of paint on the walls and use interior décor accessories to brighten up the look and feel.
Don’t Forget the Lights
Lighting is an often-overlooked element of interior design, but it can have a big effect on the tone and atmosphere of a room.
It is important to consider the different types of lighting you can add to your room: Ambient lighting can brighten and enhance the glow of the rooms; accent lighting highlights the architectural features of a home like the walls and objects in the room; and task lighting incorporated in interior design provides localised lighting in special task areas.
Bonus Tip: Express Your Style
Strictly following design trends is the biggest mistake you can make in 2019. While trends are fun to follow and helpful in giving your home a fresh and updated look, they will ultimately change, forcing you to redecorate over and over again.
If you want to create an interior that stays modern for years, mix the elements of different styles and add something personal, innovative, original to express your taste. Your interior décor should be all about YOU, your family, and what makes your house a home.
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