As you probably know by now, I am trying my hardest to get my interior design hat on and spruce up this place…well, as best I can with 2 kids running around and trashing the utter crap out of it that second I get something looking how I want it. I have been trawling Pinterest and pinning a billion (only a slight exaggeration) different interior design ideas and lusting over geode crystal bathroom sinks and beautiful flooring as well as tips and tricks for amazing DIYs and various other things that aren’t going to happen. Anyway, whilst doing up my house I have discovered there are various dos and don’ts when it comes to interior design and thought I would share some words of wisdom!
Depending on room size and layout, you might need to put furniture against the wall, especially if your house is fit to burst with various baby items. But, if it can be avoided, then it should be. Most people think that furniture pushed to the edges will create more space but it can actually have the opposite effect. Leaving a space, even a small one, between furniture and the wall will create the illusion of more space. It also helps to create a more natural flow inside a room, and prevents you feeling ‘boxed in’.
Less is more, and this is especially true when it comes to interior design. Whilst some accessories can nicely pull a room together, too many can make it look like a car boot sale table in room form. Too many throw pillows, various knick-knacks, numerous pieces of art on the walls – these are all examples of overdoing it with the accessories. It’s important to have a purge of anything that doesn’t need to be displayed. You could always rotate the accessories you have on display, keeping some in storage until you decide you’d like to change it up again.
This goes for both light fixtures and natural light. If you’d like your home to feel bigger and lighter, making the most of natural light is very important. Be sure that you don’t have anything blocking the windows, and allow natural light to dance around your room as much as possible. One common mistake is relying on just one source of light. A singular light fixture won’t provide the different needs you might have for lighting up a room. Having different lights for getting stuff done, and then another for relaxing with a book or a cup of whatever can work amazingly. Combine different sources of light to add depth and functionality to a room.
Fully matching every detail of your furniture is no longer the best route to take when you’re planning your home’s interior design. By mixing and matching your pieces, you can choose particular aspects you’d like to take centre stage. Mix style with practicality by choosing a dominant style for the majority, and then blend this with different (but complementing) styles. By incorporating various styles, it adds the feeling of layers to your home’s décor. Whilst a complete mismatch would be going too far the other way, a good mix of matched to random works well when it comes to stand-out, Pinterest worthy interior design.
Anyone who’s made this mistake before will feel me here. The number of different paint colours way outnumbers the choices you have when it comes to furniture. For this reason, painting a particular room first gives you limited choice when it comes to buying your furniture. For full flexibility, you’re best purchasing your furniture first. Once you do have the furniture pieces you’d like, you can then pick a wall colour that works perfectly for you and matches the décor. If there’s a colour you’ve got your heart set on, try finding a large piece of furniture in that colour. This may then give you enough of that particular colour, which frees up your walls for something different.
Minimalistic design is all the rage at the moment, especially in ultra-modern interior design. Whilst they’re not wrong that neutral colours can look great when done correctly, being too plain Jane with the walls and furniture can soon become boring. Neutrals such as grey and white are very popular at the moment – everyone wants grey laminate flooring and plain or textured white wallpaper. Whilst this combination can look very clean, you need to complement this with interesting design features and fixings to give it some character. Be brave with your interior design and don’t be afraid to venture away from neutral!