Here at Freshome, we highly respect interior designers and all the hard work they do in their design space. It takes a certain eye to be able to unite the room and make it extraordinary and functional, all at the same time.
With that, not everyone can afford to hire an interior designer to come to their house, guiding all their design decisions. Some of us actually want to be people who make their own design decisions, using our own personal styles and preferences.
How can we get inspiration to change our interiors from boring to beautiful – without the expense of a professional designer?
Let’s look at some tips to help you start organizing and designing your room into a space that, until now, you thought only an interior designer could create. Follow these tips and you will begin to see your friends sneaking a peek into your cellphone contact list, looking for your interior designer number. Do you want your interior to look like a luxury hotel or just enliven your interior, these tips will help. Shhh … our little secret that you do everything yourself.
1. Magazines And Design Websites Are Full Of Design Inspiration
There’s a reason for all the ‘Pinners’ who are hooked on Pinterest – people crave extraordinary home interiors. As most of us find, website decoration can ignite a flame of creativity that we never knew.
If you have not yet begun to make an inspiration board for your home decor, then start now – this is the first step to creating the home you want.
Go to Pinterest to find a home style that interests you, or go to Freshome and use the “Collect This Idea” button to collect design drawings that excite you, or just grab some design magazines and picture scissors that talk to you.
After hunting and collecting creative images that inspire you, step back and look at everything you have collected – this should tell the story of your design style. You might be surprised by the style you want to make.
2. Color Schemes: Use Three Colors Or Shades
Now that you have an idea of the style you want to name, you should choose a color scheme. This is the hard part. Color is very personal and creates an inspiring mood within us. No matter what, choose the color that calls you. Look at your inspiration board – what color stands out in the room that you keep?
We will not tell you what color to choose, but we will tell you to try a combination of three colors or colors. One primary color for walls, another color for larger accents such as sofas and chairs, and then a third color that appears in smaller accessories like flowers, pillows and knick knacks. Remember color is influenced by how much light you bring to your home. Consider using floor-to-ceiling windows to beautify your interior to bring color too!
Let’s say you choose a combination of brown, teal, and tangerines. Brown might be the wall color, the color might be the color you choose for an accent chair or accent wall, and tangerines might be the color that you pull on cushions and accessories. This three-color formula works in any combination. Just remember, three is better than one or two, because rooms created in one color are boring. Yes, you can have a white room but with three white colors.
3. Add Big Statement Furniture Pieces
This is a common mistake that most homeowners make – too many small pieces in one room. A room with a long-legged chair, a long-legged table and lots of small trinkets only serves to confuse the room and confuse the eyes.
Instead try for a room that mixes well. It has a large sofa, a few club chairs circling (so you can’t see the legs) and then one or two sleek arm chairs with attractive carved legs (hanging space).
This is just one example, but gives you an idea to mix the style and size of the furniture so the room looks balanced – not too thick and not too thin. Even if you are decorating a small apartment, there are many decorating ideas to try.
Most designers will recommend that even the smallest room has one large statement sheet, such as a large cupboard or cabinet. A mixture of large and small is the key to a successful design. This rule also applies to accessories.
4. Use Trays, Decorative Bowls And Baskets
Designers like to use trays, ornamental bowls and sometimes baskets, to organize collections or loose items that require a home.
For a little glamor, try adding a luxurious golden tray to your coffee table, ottoman or side table. On the tray, place a beautiful candle, a few books and a small bowl of colored stones. A small scene like this looks frivolous, but is very important for the layered aesthetics that are decorated.
If you want a simpler approach, try a wicker basket in your home. Baskets are extraordinary decorative tools that can hide a lot of clutter. Try to make this small niche throughout your home.
You will love how the tray can collect bathroom soap and perfume, organize these everyday items into displayed artwork.
5. Add Flowers To Every Room
Come back and see all your inspiration boards – what do you see? Do you see flowers or plants in almost every room? We are sure you do it.
This seems like a simple tip, but adding flower arrangements, living plants, and natural objects such as vase shells or stones, can really add the finishing touches to your interior design.
There are plenty of easy maintenance plants that you can buy for your home that will last for years if properly fed and watered. Most designers will tell you to avoid fake bouquets. If the flowers or plants are not what you want, then try other natural elements such as twigs or feathers placed in large jars.
The natural setting adds the finishing touches to the room – the finishing touches that say, ‘An interior designer is already here’.