We all dream of having the perfect home, whether that means a 15-room mansion or a log cabin in the woods. But often, it’s hard enough finding a home that will fit all of our belongings and family members comfortably, nevermind that the walls are coated in puke green while the ceiling is some random shade of purple.
Fortunately, the basic principles of interior design you need to transform a home are simple enough that you anyone can learn them. While you may want to leave a bigger, more complex project to the experts, there are some simple tips and tricks you can use to start transforming your living space into your dream home.
The size of the room will be the first thing you need to look at. If you’re working with more space, you can consider filling it up with furniture, or even leaving it more open so that you can encourage a feeling of freedom.
More practically, you have to know the specific dimensions you’re working with so you don’t purchase a piece of furniture that won’t fit. That incredibly comfortable couch you found may be perfect otherwise, but if you have to prop it at an angle against a wall, it’s not a good fit for your space.
Every room in your house will have a specific use in mind – most of us won’t end up baking a pizza in the living room fireplace, and we probably won’t be playing beer pong in the kitchen. The point is – what you’re going to use a room for will play a big part in not only the type of furniture you buy, but how much space you leave open.
A great example is a kid’s room. They sleep in there, sure, but they’re also going to want to play, scattering their toys all over in the process. This is not the place you want a king size bed that dominates three quarters of your space. It’ll make your design experience much more focused and satisfying.
More than how a room looks, good designers know how a room is supposed to make you feel. By choosing the mood you want to evoke with your home, you’ll have a much easier time selecting the colors and pieces that will help you establish that.
You mood can be centered more on a state of mind, such as relaxing or exciting, or you can center on a design style, such as rustic or postmodern. Whatever you choose, it’s important that you understand the elements that make up your mood, so that you can choose the components that will give you exactly what you’re looking for.
The one factor of interior design that just about every knows is color. At the subconscious level, we all know what colors appeal to us, or make us feel a certain way, and which ones don’t, even if we don’t know why. You don’t have to limit yourself to the colors on your wall or couch either; you can also introduce a beautiful, high quality rug that will compliment your primary colors with small splashes that enhance, without dominating, the room.
By understanding how colors relate to and compliment one another, you’ll be able to choose the perfect shade that will heighten a room to an amazing space to dwell in!
Many people tend to overlook fabric and pattern selections when they shop for furniture, but this is a mistake that can leave your home feeling bland and devoid of life. Patterns can tie in with colors to create a mood, or draw attention to the centerpiece of a room. Different fabrics can create an impression of comfort, extravagance, or excitement that will compliment your mood.
By bearing patterns and fabrics in mind while you shop, you’ll not only find the right materials to whether the strain of use, but elevate your room to a true masterpiece!