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Feb 04

Decorating and Design Tips from Experienced Interior Designers

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Interior design done right can have the power to transform a lackluster space into the room of your dreams.

We asked some of the leading designers for their insight on everything from styling floors to walls and furniture. Change your space with these creative tips and tricks from experts.


1. Find your style

What is the ultimate space you visualise? Here’s how to nail down your style: Go through your wardrobe. What’s your favorite style?  Custom-made, formal, casual? What are your main colours?

Do you skew towards certain fabrics and patterns? Another approach to assist you with deciding your style is to consider watchwords that portray how you need the spot you feel.

Conventional, formal, and exquisite? Easygoing, welcoming? Monochromatic, vintage, modern? Note the design aspects in all everyday issues and utilise that as a beginning stage.


2. Figure out what you don’t like

It’s very easy for people to communicate dislike. By figuring out what you don’t like, you can personalize your home’s design by deducting elements that don’t align with your taste and personality.

A large bright print may trigger memories of something in your past life that you prefer not to think about.

Similarly, some colours may evoke certain emotions or remind you of your past décor failures, experiences that you don’t wish to relive. These recollections and reactions are personal and unique, but a unique characterization of your tastes.


3. Size matters

Space planning is vital because it affects the scale of other design elements. People often fall into the trap of using the wrong furniture sizes (too large or too small) for their space. Choose furniture that fits right in your room.

For big spaces, consider creating separate areas; a comfy spot for seating; a place to watch television; a dining area; an office area featuring a table for homework or video games.

A magazine for interior design can be a useful source of information about art choices and space size. One cardinal best practice: pictures shouldn’t be longer than two-thirds of your couch.


4. Paint is everything

Picking paint is quite possibly the biggest decision in remodeling and decoration. The right paint colours blend seamlessly. Think of the whole house. You run the risk of creating a self-conflicting ambiance if you choose paint for each room one at a time.

Consider how different colours can affect your emotions. Some colours will make you feel happy or calm while others inspire cause agitation.

Simulate real paint colours on actual walls as you look at the effect on (a small part of) your walls. Do the testing in natural light, morning, afternoon, evening, and at night. Colours that did well in past projects may not perform the same in your current project.

What looks fantastic in your friend’s home may not work in your home. Paint chips are a good start, but what looks perfect on paper may not look and feel the same inside your home.

For white paint, try a few tones on your walls and look closely at the undertones. They can have pink, blues, or golden tones.


5. Mix up your art forms

When it comes to art, never limit yourself within the definitions of pedigree. Think of an artist or who is “unknown.” Shop according to the stylistic concept, shape, and how the art piece works for your needs.

Humble things often turn out to be extraordinary and beautiful in a home. Don’t hold back from mixing low- and high-priced art forms. Art doesn’t have to be glittering to be beautiful.


6. Start with the end in mind

The multifaceted interior design nature makes it one of the most overwhelming and possibly the costliest undertaking after buying a home. How or where do you start? The best approach is setting your end goal then beginning from the ground up.

Choose the flooring first. Whether you want solid wood floors, tile, stone, or carpeting. Thinking about the floor first reveals how the other design elements should fit in place.

If you choose natural fibers without many patterns or colours, you can maintain or build from the pattern with your other decorative elements. You have an imperative to plan things in sequence, or you might inadvertently create a chaotic space where nothing is in sync.

Starting with upholstered seats restricts your style. With area rugs and carpets, you get hundreds of pattern possibilities. You can begin to build up the rest of your design elements from one of the options.

Finally, take all the time you need when designing your homes. Aim for space you’ll love for many years.


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