Right choice of Colours
One of the key ingredients to how a room is designed is through the colour. Different colour carries with them different moods which should reflect the purpose of the room. For example, if you are choosing a new paint for your bedroom! You should pick out a paint colour which helps to make the room more relaxing or darker to help you get to sleep faster and be more relaxed when the morning comes.
Use of Lighting at proper places
Another key aspect of interior design is lighting. There are different types of light for different situations. General lighting should be provided by an overhead fixture made to spread more light across a wider surface area. However, if there is a certain portion of the room, such an oft-used corner, you need to invest in a lamp. If you have a more rustic style, don’t find a lamp with modern influences. Another trend in interior design is vertical lighting, which draws attention to pieces on your walls.
The Focal Point
Each room has a focal point around which the rest of the room is decorated. What this focal point depends on the room. For a kitchen, it might be the stove or cabinetry. For the living room, it’s probably the entertainment center or the fireplace. The bedroom is most likely the bed. Either way, the room’s focal point should reflect, or even facilitate, the overall purpose, whatever that may be. Then, you have to make that piece the center of attention and everything around it is simply a complement.
Ideas and Themes
Many people wonder if they should pick out a theme for a room. It’s true, themes are very popular. Many rooms have a specific aesthetic which is reflected in the furniture, wall decorations, and other items inside. The style of the room should reflect your own interests while also being uniform. If something sticks out like a sore thumb to you and conflict with the rest of the decor, find a different room for it or give it away.
Use decorative mirrors to add instant light to your living space.
Mirrors can also be used to make a small space feel larger. For larger rooms, or any room with a more limited amount of natural light, mirrors placed directly across from the windows, will add instant light. Decorative mirrors can also be used in lieu of art to fill empty wall space. Large or small, mirrors add light and dimension to your living space.
Mix up patterns and textures.
Mix up old and new, expensive and inexpensive. All good interior decorators will tell you that the most important aspect to decorating your home is that it reflects who you are, your personality and your style. You can place an antique desk that tells the story of your past. The present and past can’t co-exist beautifully together. With fabrics whether it be furniture, rugs or pillows, varied colours and patterns can bring warmth and texture into your living space.
Use what you already have to decorate.
We all have items in our possession, probably packed up in boxes somewhere and haven’t given them a second glance. Your home needs some accessories. Instead of running to the store, take a good look at what you already have. Trays, wooden, acrylic, metal or silver can be placed on top of luggage racks, tea carts, trunks, bedside tables and coffee tables for extra texture and dimension. Arrange candles on them, frames or pile books on top of them. Plates can be hung to create wonderful wall art. Art from children’s books can be framed and hung in nurseries, children’s rooms or their bathrooms. You will be amazed at what you can do with what you already have!
Paint or wallpaper your bookcases.
This instant pop of colour will brighten and re-energize any room! It’s amazing how something so simple as a coat of colourful paint can instantly energize and transform your space. This built-in bookcase would be simple and ordinary without the bright blue interior. Perhaps the simplest and most inexpensive way to transform a boring space is to apply a coat of paint somewhere unexpected. Bookcases are an ideal place to start because you don’t need to paint a large area. Other fun places to add a pop of colour include painting fireplace mantels, the insides of closets, hallways and ceilings.
Use area rugs to soften hardwood floors.
Throw rugs give warmth and can add great texture, colour and personality to your living space. Hardwood floors are beautiful and easy to maintain but they lack the comfort that carpeted floors offer, especially in the cooler months. Area rugs can add fun and functionality to your living space. Use several of varying patterns and fabrics together to showcase your character. Or add several rugs of the same pattern and fabric, or different textures but the same colour. The possibilities are endless. You can change your area rugs to reflect the seasons using warmer tones and fabrics for cooler months and lighter ones for the warmer days of the year. There are many lovely cotton, washable area rugs which are ideal for those homes with children. There really is no reason why a home with young children cannot also be a stylish one.