Designing and decorating a home all on your own doesn’t have to be tough. We’d all love the luxury of having a professional take care of the interior design. But that isn’t always a possibility, especially if you’re on a tight budget. So if you want to take matters into your own hands, take some time to learn about basic interior design principles. It will help you design and decorate your own home batter, and you might even help your friends and family!
A No-Nonsense Guide To Interior Design And Decoration
Decorate Like A Pro With These Interior Design Basics
If there’s one thing I want to achieve, it’s being able to help ordinary people like you create your dream homes. So whether you’re an interior design newbie and you’re decorating your first ever home, or you’ve been decorating for years but never got around to learning the principles, now’s the perfect time to do so! I’ve found some basic tips will definitely help you upgrade your interior design game. Check out this neat infographic:
Let’s take a closer look at these interior design principles:
In any room, balance is key. Bring in symmetrical elements like a living room set, or 2 or more pendant lights like the kitchen in this photo. Or, use asymmetry by balancing heavy objects like a large kitchen counter with lighter ones like pendant lights.
2. Harmony and Unity
Unity is when you decide on a color scheme or design theme, and you stick to it. This bedroom has an orange and deep green color scheme that’s used in everything from beddings to dressers and tables. On the other hand, you can also create harmony by using different shapes, sizes, and textures. This bedroom also has harmony: the side tables are a smooth, hardwood, while the trunk at the foot of the bed is luxurious and soft.
However, being too matchy-matchy with your color schemes can get boring. That’s where rhythm comes in. Create visual interest by using patterns of repetition and contrast. This living room uses shades of gray for the rug, chairs, sofa, and even art to create repetition. But it also has gold, brown, and white elements to give the design some contrast. The result? A well-balanced space.
Every room needs a focal point to draw the eye. You can do this with windows, fireplaces, or even accent walls. You can even combine them for an even more eye-catching focal point! This living room uses a wood accent wall to make the fireplace stand out.
5. Proportion and Scale
This is somewhat common sense: if you have a small space, use small furniture, and if you have a large space, use large furniture. Make sure that the furniture you add is scaled properly to the size of your room so it won’t cramp your space.
Each color has a meaning, and in some cases, a purpose. White can make small spaces look bigger, blue improves productivity, green and brown calming and can relieve stress, while orange stimulates your appetite. Knowing these things can help you decide on color schemes for your entire home: orange is a great color for the kitchen, you can use green and brown in bedrooms or living rooms, and add blue elements to your study room.
Watch this video from Better Homes and Gardens for more interior design tips:
See, a little knowledge can go a long way! This is so true when it comes to designing and decorating, and I hope it brought you one step closer to achieving your dream home.
Want more interior design ideas? Check these out! Do you know any other interior design basics? Let me know in the comments section!