Some design by education, and some, by intuition. But whether you have an art degree or not, if you're a homeowner, you get opportunities to showcase your creative sparks. Simply adding a throw on the couch or choosing mismatched furniture for a room is already decorating, so why not take it further and personalize your home according to your own gusto?
If you're scared to try, or wondering where to start, we're sharing you 10 interior decorating tips that will surely help hit your room’s design spot on. Take a look:
Take a hint from the size of the room:
This decides the placement of the furniture. For smaller rooms, you need to be more strategic. Choose slimmer beds, slender chairs and swivelling lamps to add function and space to the room.
Comfort is the key: When it comes to seating furniture, looks don't come first. Invest on pieces that are well-made and comfortable—one that will last you a long time. Think about sofas and couches that kids can enjoy jumping and messing around. Pick fabrics that do not easily stain, and make sure you know how to maintain them.
Make an illusion of a bigger scale:
Choosing low furniture makes the room appear taller. And if you want to make it look wider, add a large mirror on the wall. Mirrors also come in handy when it comes to reflecting light. Framed mirrors add a nice touch of glam to your space.
Add shimmer with metallics:
Metallic pieces, such as a copper pendant lamp (see our collection), a gold-plated bowl or a selection of silver trinkets, add some gloss and sparkle to your room.
Put the spotlight on your investment pieces. For the love of art, showcase your unique items where they take the centre stage. Use these to inspire a theme in your room. For example, take a wall painting's pallet and use it as the room's guide colours. Or use your rustic, antique pieces as decorations in your Renaissance inspired office.
Lift up the lights. Your lighting choice can make or break your room. Don’t just stick to a central light; layer your illumination by choosing variants of task, ambient and accent lighting. We recommend track lights (for versatility), chandeliers or pendants (for that extra character), and lamps (for focused lighting).
Follow a colour scheme. To avoid visual chaos, find a palette and stick to it. There are many colour palette generators online, and you can even find some on Pinterest. Using this gives you an overview of what your room will look like with these colours on.
Neutrals make wonders. Whites, sand, beige and greys open doors to mixing and matching with other colours. They're minimalist and can looks tastefully done, even without a strong pop of hue. This makes a great choice of palette, if you want to start with something basic.
It’s all about symmetry:
For some, less is more—rooms appear cleaner and larger with less objects in it. However, for some, more is more. For the eclectics who love putting items in their shelves like a curated exhibit, take heart. You can still avoid making your room appear overcrowded by balancing out the objects. Perfect symmetry soothes the eyes and therefore, gives almost the same effect as a minimalist room.
Little things make the difference:
A touch of lace adds a delicate sensibility in your room, whereas leather fabrics give it a more masculine flair. A bounty of colourful pillows easily adds varieties of patterns into the space, as well as rugs. Tall white vases offer a contemporary charm, while chunky tables are perfect for industrial themed rooms. Our advice? Choose what you want to go into your room first, and invest on them instead of buying items you don’t really need.
We hope our interior decorating tips helped you in wading your way through the confusing world of design. More of these tips are coming your way, so make sure to check out this blog every week!
Meantime, we’d love to hear what you think. Share us your thoughts with a comment!
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