Before you embark upon an interior design project, you need to do your research. And that research starts right here. We’ve put together a few of our top interior design tips; theyâ€™re well worth a read before you start any work!
- Â Start with a mood board
Â There are several outlets you can use to find design inspiration. Try looking at magazines to get ideas for colors, styles, and patterns; donâ€™t be afraid to tear pages out and mix and match. The internet is littered with blogs that are specially dedicated to all things interior design related, which is useful not just for visual purposes, but also for social interaction. Reading reviews and comments, seeing current trends and the responses to those trends, and gaining advice are all important steps that should not be missed. PinterestÂ is another example, which is a website packed full of images and photographs that can be found by searching for specific keywords. Going out into the big, wide world is a brilliant method of developing your knowledge, and a sure-fire way to discover and nurture your creativity.
- Use the appropriate lighting andÂ colorsÂ for mood
Choosing the right colour palette or combination can make or break a room. Different colours do different things, and can completely change the mood and perception of a given space. White is a neutral colour, and works well with most other colours; reds suggest passion and romance; oranges give a sense of welcoming and warmth; greens and browns provide a natural, earthy feel; blue says clean, fresh, crisp. Black can be used to add contrast and tone within an overall colour scheme to balance any lighter shades; it can also be used as a bold, eye-catching statement. Like coloring, lighting can be used for different purposes: overhead lighting can vary greatly, but is generally used to light an entire room for practical purposes; wall lights or skylights offer a certain ambiance and atmosphere; side or floor lamps can soften a space and seem inviting.
- Â Add a mirror to make small spaces appear larger
Itâ€™s the oldest trick in an interior designers book; but it works. Adding a mirror is a certified method of making the room appear larger than it actually is. Mirrors also reflect light; so less artificial lighting is needed to brighten a room.
- Create a focal point
Focal points are for one thing, and one thing only – to draw focus. A focal point will help to draw attention to a particular feature, or, and perhaps most usefully, draw attention away from a certain area or feature. A focal point should, ideally, be some sort of statement piece, and yet work to compliment the surrounding area. Examples include chandeliers, antique furniture, or beautiful artwork.
- Hide clutter, storage is key
People are prone to hoarding items, and, over time, this builds up and just ends up as unnecessary clutter. Good storage and space-saving techniques are essential for any interior design; get creative, try and think of innovative ways to store objects.
- Stick to a theme or style
Decide upon a specific style or theme, and stick to it. Too many different colors, objects and fabrics can be overwhelming. Choose your textures, materials, and decor carefully, and build your furniture around the room design, not your room design around the furniture.