Having influence over your own living space is a liberating experience, allowing you to express yourself through style and aesthetics. However, interior design isn’t always a straightforward process. In fact, many beginners will find themselves making mistakes and perhaps even not understanding what exactly is wrong.
To help those taking on their first designs, we are sharing the best interior design tips that beginners should know. These do’s and don’ts will ensure that, as you start out, rudimentary mistakes are avoided and you end up with a home that reflects your taste and intention.
Start With A Plan
In the same way that you approach a dish with a recipe, interior designs require a plan. Undertaking a renovation or redesign without detailed ideas and step-by-step instructions is risky, increasing the likelihood of unwanted outcomes.
Be sure that you have all the tools you need, all measurements in place, and that you are confident that you have the budget to reach the end of your project.
Quality Not Quantity
When taking the measurements of furniture, consider the breathing space associated with each item. Simply because a sofa, for example, is 200cm does not mean it should sit snugly in a 205cm gap. Instead, such items should have a degree of space around them otherwise a room quickly becomes cramped and furniture can lose its appeal.
Style must complement utility. Kitchens must retain their ability to function just as log cabins must remain secure against natural elements. If aesthetics compromise the purpose of a space then they will quickly, if not immediately, become bad designs. So, before you begin adding embellishments to a living space, ensure you understand its function.
Paint With Furniture
Except in the circumstances of a brand new home, your choice of paint colour should not occur before you choose your furniture. Colour matching is an important process and both the textures and tones of a room’s design, from furniture to fabrics, should have a positive and complementary relationship with paint colour.
Lighting Is The Foundation
A space’s quality and perceived capacity are underpinned by lighting. As such, a room’s natural and artificial lighting must be properly considered. If not, a room can feel underwhelming or small, even with bespoke designs in place.
Know Your Styles
Attempting to blend art deco furniture with a contemporary French industrial style is unlikely to work out well and could even demonstrate a lack of understanding on behalf of the designer. As such, it benefits interior designers to know about the language of significant styles, allowing the blending of complementary aesthetics and the avoidance of those that will clash
It is easy to be swept up in the season but designing a room that feels cool and breezy during the summer will have a different impression during the cold winter months. Interior designers do well to consider how their designs are perceived throughout the year, ensuring that no living space will too be drastically compromised by variations in seasons.