It’s happened to you: you’ve walked into someone’s home and thought, “Wow! I wish I could make my house look like this!”. Some people are just gifted with good natural taste and design ideas, while some hire a professional interior designer, but either way their home looks outstanding! In comparison, your home feels like a random assortment of furniture and objects that don’t fit together well. Interior design is an art, but it’s an art you can master with a few simple tips.
Think About Your Space
How do you use your rooms? You want to create a space that not only looks good, but that functions well for you and your family. An extremely formal living room when you have young children may be impractical and could end up being wasted space if you never use it. Think about how you live. Which rooms do you spend the most time in? What do you do in the rooms? Make sure each room has a clearly defined function and plan your furniture accordingly.
One of the most underused spaces in modern homes is the garage, which usually turns into a dumping ground for all the household junk. Clear it out and consider the many possible garage conversion options you have available to you. An extra bedroom, bathroom or even an integrated living area can make a huge difference to your home.
The bedroom is another area where you’ll need to combine style and comfort for optimal results. You spend plenty of time sleeping, so getting a comfortable mattress, soft and stylish sheets (we love bamboo sheets), pillows which suit the way you sleep and a quilt suited the seasons will make a world of difference.
Once you’ve determined the function of each room, find a focal point. It may be an architectural element like a fireplace; it might be a sculpture, painting or an amazing piece of furniture. The focal point should be the first thing people notice when they come into the room.
Create a Theme
What’s your style: French countryside? Ultra-modern? New Mexican ranch? Find a unifying theme that will pull all the different rooms of your house together. Decide what atmosphere you’re trying to evoke, and then seek out details that bring it to life. Paint colours, artwork, furniture and lighting can help you achieve this. This is the framework around which you will create an interior design that reflects YOU. Before adding anything to your room, ask yourself these questions: is it beautiful? Is it useful? If the answer to both is “no”: don’t buy it!
Shop Your House
You’ve found your focal point, but the room still feels off. Maybe you have a piece of furniture that’s too large or too small—look around your home and swap pieces of furniture around. Repaint an old chest of drawers and use it to store items in your living room. Take that too-large side table out and find a spot in the entryway or a bedroom. Add bright cushions to a dark sofa. Think creatively about what you already have.
Mix It Up
Don’t forget, too much of a good thing is… too much. Don’t be afraid of adding in elements that don’t strictly match your theme. After all, you’re unique and your home should be too!