How often do you find yourself drooling over the pages of some or other interior decorating magazine or website? I am almost certain that if you are reading this page then the answer would be more than my heart and soul can actually bear! Unfortunately not everyone can afford to hire a professional to do their interior design; but there are a few simple rules that you can follow that could transform that boring room into a gorgeous retreat. If you take the time to follow the basic interior design rules then chances are that even if you’re decorating or decision making skills leave a lot to be desired, then you will successfully create a cohesive look.
Here are just 15 easy steps:
Decide on the function of the room
This is the first step in your design process; defining the primary function of the room will form the basis of all your next steps. For instance if you are decorating a child’s bedroom then you already know what direction your design will need to go.
Start with a blank canvass
Once you have determined what your rooms function is then you need to remove everything from the room; including furniture; curtaining etc. What this does is give you an idea of the amount of space you have at your disposal. However, if you are just looking to spruce up your living room or bedroom then it may not be necessary to remove all the furniture. In this instance, only remove all the smaller items and anything that should not be in the room; e.g. your children’s toy box; or husband’s gym equipment.
Choose your design style
This step may be a bit daunting, but draw inspiration from things that you love or flip through those magazine pages or go to your favorite website to get a few ideas. Just remember that the one rule here is to choose a design and stick with it! For instance if you want a shabby chic bedroom it will be senseless to add a modern stainless steel bed frame to the design.
Create a design board
This can be done by using pictures from a catalogue or magazine; it should contain the size of your room and you will gradually add all the following decisions to the design board before you even start to physically do anything to the actual room. Of course if you are one of those impatient people who just want to get it done, then by all means skip this step. But make sure you have a clear image of what you want your room to look like.
Decide on your basic color scheme
So once you have chosen a design then it will be time to find the right colors for your room. Start with the biggest area, which is normally your wall color; a good idea here is to create a color wheel (or you can get one from your paint store; there are also a few available online, although it may be difficult to see the right color). You will need this to make sure that your colors are cohesive. Once your wall color has been chosen select your ceiling color and then finally your trim and flooring color. If you already have a specific carpet or tile in the room then it is best to match your wall and ceiling colors to these items.
Choose your furniture
This is one area of your interior design process where you will have to decide if you are going to use existing furniture or purchase new items, this will of course depend on your budget. Most homes tend to look cluttered because the furniture is too big for the room, this is a common mistake that people make; rather opt for one large piece of furniture and a few smaller ones. For example, one large couch with two smaller chairs will create a much more elegant space than the usual full three piece lounge suite. Similarly, one or two strategically placed side tables may be more beneficial than a huge table that takes up valuable leg room.
Choose your accessories
Once the bigger items have been chosen it will be time to add your accessories; these will be all the accent pieces such as mirrors; vases; ornaments etc Basically, it will be all the items that add to the overall theme or design or your room.
Choose your soft furnishings
Soft furnishings refer to those items such as your curtains or drapes; scatter cushions; or bedding if you are doing a bedroom.
Create a focal point
Almost every top designer is known for their ability to create a focal point in their interior design plan; whether it is something as small as an accent wall or specific painting. By creating a focal point your design will automatically draw attention to the good things in your room or it can distract from an ugly fixture that cannot be removed.
Finding clever DIY projects to transform existing pieces of furniture is a perfect solution for those who really need to decorate on a budget. There are several decorating sites that have gorgeous projects that are really easy and cheap to achieve.
Splashes of color
If you are renting your home and cannot paint then it may be clever to introduce color by hanging a few paintings or using colorful pillow on a couch to create a different feel.
If your space is cramped then a well placed mirror will make the room appear much bigger than it actually is.
Simple designer touches
Fresh flowers placed in a gorgeous glass vase or candles strategically placed can also change the entire ambience of a room.
Sometimes all a room needs is to have the furniture rearranged to make the space flow better.
Less is more
This is probably the most important interior design rule you should follow. Cluttered spaces will always feel and look disorganized so clear those counter tops; remove unnecessary ornaments and your home will feel like a breath of fresh air.
Unleash your creative instincts and create a home that will put any interior design magazine to shame!