Have you ever walked into a friend’s home and stood in marvel at how beautiful and well-designed it is? Do the designs mirror what you would usually only dream to see in a magazine? Are you wondering how they were able to achieve those results without breaking their budget? After reading this article you can wonder no further! With just a few simple tips, you too can be the proud owner of a well-designed home or perfectly furnished apartment.
Of course, hiring a professional interior design specialist can be one way to fast track your home to beauty. For many though, interior designers can prove to be costly, and it may take a long time to find a suitable interior designer that you are happy with.
Before shutting down your laptop and giving up on your interior dreams, we are here to tell you that you can become a home expert yourself. With so many DIY home improvement projects now online, it’s easier than ever to become your own interior designer and design a stylish interior yourself.
In this article, we are going to share some invaluable tips we have learned through the years, to take your home to the next level of interior design.
Find inspiration online
It is safe to assume that those of you reading this article are not qualified home interior specialists, as most homeowners out there have little to no experience of interior design, but don’t let that put you off. As such, the importance of finding inspiration to work into your home cannot be under-emphasized.
There’s also no need to sign-up to costly interior design classes. With the internet becoming a catalog for infinite home resource inspiration, there is no better place to look to find styles and room designs that you can implement into your home. Through Google itself and various social media platforms, it is easy to find inspiration that suits you. There are even now inspiration dedicated pages on Instagram, showing before and after photos of projects in homes of all sizes. These pages will also usually include links to buy the items that you like, meaning that you don’t even have to try and research dupes yourself because they’re all there for you to choose from. Now anyone can become their own interior designer, at the click of a button.
Decorate with interesting patterns
Gone are the days where you have to play it safe with colour. Boring and plain interiors are no longer the norm in many homes, with many people breaking the barrier into colourful, and even patterned home interiors. Home decor enthusiasts are leaning towards the incorporation of different patterns and textures to create a diverse and attractive living space.
Patterns offer unlimited options for design, and the one you go for will be highly dependent on your home preferences. For instance, if you are more drawn to a monochromatic colour scheme, making sure to incorporate a few geometry-printed cushions or pencil pleat curtains will help to create a lively home environment. The same applies with vibrant patterns. Whether you choose to liven up the walls and paint an intricate design over a feature wall, with a bold colour covering the rest of the room, the sky really is your limit when it comes to colour and textures choices.
Speaking of curtains, we suggest to stay away from bland and simple curtains if you are looking to make a bold statement in your home, and opt for vibrant colours that speak to your personality. Since curtains or blinds will be one of the first things someone sees when they enter a room, make sure they’re something that you love to leave your guests wondering when you became a professional interior designer.
Play around with colours and schemes
In order to design your home like a pro, it is not only important to get the furniture and feel of the room right, but to flatter the room with colour. If colour doesn’t seem to be your thing, and you prefer more monochrome, or neutral colours, you could try experimenting with colour through adding it in through your soft furnishings, allowing you to change things out if you are not happy with your colour decisions. You may also wish to stick to a three-shade colour scheme. Using colours that inspire you to create the perfect ambiance for you and your family will add an additional dimension to the room, adding character to your home.
For people that love white walls and furnishings, no need to panic. Try adding accents of grey and a few patterned wall arts or vases in monochrome colours if you’d prefer. Ultimately, it’s all about creating a home that reflects your personal style, and a place you want to come home to.
Invest in statement pieces
In many well-designed homes, you will notice that they have a key centerpiece to bring the furniture pieces together and create a centerpoint in the room. Having too many chairs or furniture pieces can leave the room looking crowded and cluttered. Instead, go for a statement piece that forms the room’s focal point. In doing so, you are likely to make your home look more balanced and symmetrical.
The above example is only one of the many choices you will have to make in your home. Things that you may not have considered is if your furniture is all the same size, you could create a focal point with an oversized art piece, a gallery wall, or a large wall clock would do the trick. As earlier stated, you can find inspiration anywhere, and let your imagination run wild with it, to create your dream home
Creating your dream interior
There are a myriad of options available when it comes to creating your dream space, it is all just a matter of preference. Whether you want to buy everything in one go, or collect pieces over time that hold value to you, for instance you may wish to collect pieces from your favourite holidays. Either way, your home speaks to your personality, and what you choose to do with it is unique to you. However, by considering the above tips, you position yourself in a better place to start your interior design projects.