Have you recently bought a house or maybe renovated your old one? Now you’re itching to turn your house into a haven for you and your family. Because you want to make it your own project, you’ve decided to take the task of doing the interior design of your house and not hire an interior designer anymore. But you’re still not sure how to go about the process, as you want to make sure that you do not make mistakes and turn your house into a tacky place. For a more in-depth tutorial, check out this interior design guide for beginners, or you can also check out some basic tips for interior design below.
- Think of the house in its totality and not per room – maybe you’ve done a few room design before, but now that you have to tackle the whole house, do not make the mistake of thinking that you just need to do the design per room. Each room is linked together, so it is important that there should be a unifying theme or element to tie all the rooms together. You do not have to make sure that all elements be placed in each room, but each room should complement each other. To make it easy for you, you can use the same color schemes for the rooms in your house.
- Use lighting to elevate the room – a well-thought-out lighting can go a long way in design. You can change the mood and ambiance of a room by just changing the lighting. Designers will say that it’s important that you do not have just one source of lighting. DO not just put a fluorescent light overhead, instead have the light come from multiple sources. Be creative with where those can come from. You can add a table lamp, a wall sconce or a floor lamp placed strategically at the empty corner.
- Don’t forego function for design –you can still buy that art piece or that huge sculpture that you’ve been eyeing for awhile, but if your house does not have enough space, do not sacrifice form for function. Look for pieces that can double as both. That piece may have a great visual impact, but if it takes up too much space, it can just be clutter.
- Always measure your room –this is very important when you start buying your furniture. Never buy anything without measuring the room where you will put it. If you do not measure, you may end up with a beautiful bed, but not enough space to put the side table you bought with it. Map out the furniture you would like to put in a room, put the bigger pieces first, then start adding details such as rugs and the like.
- Determine focal points for attention – you want some pieces in your room to draw the eye of your guests. You can do that by highlighting certain maybe a piece of furniture, or even an artwork. Examples of focal points are huge televisions or a fireplace.