Designing a home can be a very scary task, for many people. You may fancy yourself a person of taste, but when it comes to articulating why something looks good to you, or what pieces will realize your vision, you’re at a loss. That’s okay – most of us are.
I’m not going to lie and say that interior design is easy. There’s a reason why people go to college to learn about it, and why most homeowners prefer to hire a professional designer before they slap on a new coat of paint or buy an entire furniture collection. It’s difficult, and if not done properly, can quickly bugger up the whole room. So, I don’t blame you if you’re a little hesitant about designing anything yourself.
For all that, though, there are some simple things you can do yourself to help realize your vision. These tips won’t make you an instant expert, but they can definitely get you on the right path to a beautiful home, whatever your tastes and preferences.
Think About What Appeals to You
Many people are scared to death of interior design, because they may like the way a shade of blue looks, or the texture of a couch, but be terrified of trying to put it together. They’re scared that once they’ve assembled everything, it will look downright terrible. That’s a valid fear, but what is worse is that it may cause you to ignore your own instincts.
Rules in interior design are rules because they work well for so many people. There are some things that make us all the same, and most people react to certain design elements the same way. For instance – a cool colour, like blue, will probably make most people feel more relaxed, or ‘cool,’ like they’re standing in a pool. You may not like that particular hue, but it has the same emotional connection in you as in others.
When you’re looking at what you want your design to do, start by selecting a colour or piece that makes you feel the way you want your entire room too. It’s the best way to choose a starting point.
Look for Inspiration
Having a good sense of design doesn’t mean you need to build everything from scratch. There are plenty of templates, examples, and collections, in stores and on the Internet, that cater to every taste and desire. In short – don’t try to design a pattern that looks good, uses one that already exists!
Whether you’re talking about a new bedding set, or a beautifully designed area rug that will brighten up your home, look to the work of others for your inspiration. When you find that shade of colour that you like best or a pattern that speaks to you, take a moment and try to identify why you feel that way. From there, you’ll have a much easier time finding other pieces to round out your design.
Set Priorities in Your Budget
Everyone needs to have a budget in mind before they start buying, well, anything, and it’s particularly true in interior design. You may want to snatch up a beautiful living room set, but if it is way past your budget, you can use it for inspiration, and not much else. Even more – don’t just have a budget, but have priorities for your budget.
When I say priorities, what I mean is think about where you want to invest the bulk of your money. For example: if you’re redecorating your living room, and spend a lot of time watching the telly, you’d be far better off spending most of your money on a comfortable, durable couch, than you would on an extravagant coffee table to set drinks on.
So, do have a budget, but break it down even further to emphasize where you want most of your money to go.