Have you ever wondered how other people get such a cohesive look to their home? It is easy to assume that they must employ an interior designer and that they have paid for their home to look that way. Well, it is possible for anyone to achieve that look and the following ten tips will point you in the right direction.
- Start with a blank canvas
Take a good look at the bare bones of your home before you make any changes at all. Try to remove as much of the furniture as possible and consider the space you have and how it could be used. So many ideas can come from the basic start of a white, clean and clear background. Let your imagination run wild.
- Consider the light
How the light moves around the room is an important factor when it comes to placement of furniture and the use of colour. Think about where the windows are and what times of the day the sun is shining into your home. If the room is dark you may want to lighten it with pale colours, while a light room could carry off darker shades.
- How do you use the room?
Always design a room with the end use in mind. Think about the amount of time spent in that part of the house and whether it is a private space or a family area. Always design the furnishings, placement and the colours based on the primary use of the room.
- Create a mood board
Over the few months prior to your redesign, start to collect ideas which might influence your interior design choices. You can find these in magazines, in other people's homes and on television. Gather them together on a mood board and live with it for a while. Over time these ideas will become more cohesive and you will develop a clear set of ideas.
- Use many resources
Be constantly on the look out for what you like in terms of your home. Buy magazines, watch television programs and even look at other people's homes. Visiting design stores is also a great way to get inspiration. The window displays are often done by an interior designer and they show how colour can be used effectively. You do not have to buy their overpriced furniture, but the ideas are free.
- Choose a theme
If you are having trouble coming up with ideas you can always try sticking to one theme throughout the house. This might be minimalist, Victorian or modern. There are many to choose from and following the rules set down within these styles can make it easier to create a look which works throughout your home.
Always try to carry a colour throughout the house. This might mean a splash of red on the living room sofa, followed by the same shade as a blind in the bathroom. As people move around your home they will get a sense that you have though about how the home works as a whole.
Never be afraid to mix and match different textures and then vary them throughout the year. Examples of this are three or four different materials as cushions on your sofa. You might choose leather, wool and fur. You can also use a silky throw on a cotton bedspread or a chunky thick rug against a sleek wooden floor. You can always remove these sorts of items during different seasons and replace them with new colours and textures for a different look.
- Get an expert in
If you are really stuck for ideas and you want to really make the most of your home, you should definitely consider having an expert give you a few ideas. This could be as little as a one-off consultation which does not have to cost very much. Or they could provide you with a full service.
- Be imaginative
Just because it is your home you do not need to make it look like every other home in your street. If you have a wacky idea, there is no harm in trying it out. Walls can be painted over and furniture can be changed. Just let your imagination run wild from time to time and you may find that you create the most interesting and coveted home among your friends.