Visit two homes – one, decorated by a skilled interior designer, and the other one decorated by an average homeowner. I bet you could tell the difference the moment you step inside the home: the designer-treated home looks more polished, structured, and visually pleasing.
But let’s face it – not everyone could afford hiring an interior designer. After calculating those expenses from professional home builders, most of us turn to self-help articles or showroom inspirations when making our own design decisions in order to save costs. But just because you can’t hire a designer doesn’t mean you can’t have a well-curated interior design.
To take your interiors from ordinary to glamorous, without the guidance of a seasoned interior designer, here are 10 key tricks to keep in mind.
1. Assess your space
One of the most common homeowner mistakes is buying a great furniture piece only to find out that it’s too large or too small for the space available. Assess the layout or construction of your home before anything else to know what style best suits your space. Think about the amount of your space and take measures before heading to the home depot.
2. Choose a style reflects your personality
What’s your style? How do you want your space to feel? Do you want it to look a bit formal and elegant, cozy and laidback, or playful and humorous? Do you want it to look vivid or quiet? Next, to figuring out what you want, determine what you don’t want.
For inspiration boards, you can easily browse Pinterest and home design magazines to help put your ideas into picture.
3. Establish a color scheme
Designer trick: Think of three colors or shades. Two is better than one, but three is better than two.
The first (and dominant) color should be for your walls and carpeting. The second is for larger accents, like sofas and chairs. The third color is for the ones that pop in smaller accessories, like centerpieces, pillows, and other knick-knacks.
This isn’t as easy as it seems – your color scheme should speak for your personality and create the mood you’re going for.
4. Incorporate textures
The textures you bring in is as equally important as the color. If you’re thinking of a single-color scheme, like a contemporary all-white home, textures will surely keep your space from looking dull.
Mix and match different textures: smooth and rough, glossy and matte. Think about textiles for your upholstery, window treatments, and rugs. Mix linen, velvet chair, silk, wool, and faux fur. For instance, you may layer a cozy faux fur blanket and silk pillow cushions over a standard sofa. Don’t forget the hard décor, like woven baskets and woodcrafts.
Textures please the eye, creating a warm environment you want to live in.
5. Bring in a furniture piece that’s big in size and style
Another common mistake is cluttering the room with too many small pieces– like tiny, leggy chairs, small table, and mini knick-knacks.
Decorate your home like a real designer by adding a few big statement pieces to create a balanced home design. Have at least one standout piece, like a large couch. A statement piece can also be something that stands out in terms of color and style, like a table with gold legs and a chair with intricate carvings.
6. Display glamorous storage pieces
Designers love to accessorize their space with decorative bowls, woven baskets, and love trays. They’re not only functional for collecting and hiding clutter– they add aesthetic appeal to an otherwise dull space. If you have the budget, go for multi-functional furnishings, like ottomans.
7. Find your room’s focal point
Many rooms have built-in focal points, including a large window with a stunning view or a fireplace. If your home builders package doesn’t offer these, then create a focal point that doesn’t involve breaking the walls.
- Use a large piece of artwork and make sure your furniture pieces complement it.
- Paint a wall a different color and create a gallery wall featuring an ensemble of artworks, photos, and other mementos.
- Add a built-in bookshelf and display a few, well-chosen accessories.
- For small homes with a single living room, you can make your TV as your focal point – just be creative with hiding the unsightly chords and spruce up the wall with shelves high-quality home accessories.
Find your focal point and angle your furniture upon it.
8. Maximize natural light with windows
A home without windows, no matter how huge space is, can feel dark and suffocating.
Experts suggest using as much natural light as possible by going for large-scale windows, skylights, and other open areas. Next, to creating a light and airy space, open areas also bring the beauty of outside in, tying the exterior views with the interior décor.
9. Use mirrors and glass surfaces
Designers are obsessed with mirrors and other reflective surfaces. They work like magic for reflecting and refracting the lighting in your home, opening up the room and making your space feel and look larger.
9. Add plants to every room
Google “interior design” and I bet you 99% of the pictures shown include plants. Whether it’s live or artificial, the presence of indoor plants and floral arrangements never fails to enliven a space.
Next to plants, other natural items like a vase of shells, a couple of rocks, and some twigs add the final touch that says, “this is decorated by an interior designer.”
Author Bio: Carmina Natividad is a resident writer for Wincrest Bespoke, one of NSW’s most experienced and well-renowned home builders aiming at building and designing modern family homes in Sydney. She loves looking out for new home décor trends and writing articles focused in real estate and interior design.