A Beginners Guide to Interior Design

Interior design can seem like quite a challenging concept, especially if you’ve got a plain or freshly-decorated room to work with. It can take years to become an interior design expert but, with these basic principles, you will be able to decorate and furnish your room like a professional in no time.

 

Balance

Balance the room with objects that are brightly coloured, highly textured or complexly shaped to ensure an equal distribution of visual weight throughout the room. Adding in some brightly coloured or textured blinds will add some balance to your room and make it feel more homely. Why not mix it up by adding some bright and contrasting art, or mirrors spread equally across a wall?

 

Harmony and Unity

Harmony and Unity is one of the most common styles and themes for interior design. Ensure that your room uses fewer colours but in varying shades to make the space work together. When it comes to accessorising, use similar shades and textures to create harmony within the space. If you’re thinking of adding in soft furnishings such as blinds or rugs, make sure that they are also in similar shades and textures to avoid colour clashing.

 

Rhythm

You can create visual rhythm within a room with the use of patterns in repetition and contrast. This can be created by using a single colour for your cushions, rugs and blinds or with a selection of candles in varying sizes. If you’re feeling bold, you could even use opposite elements with the use of black and white scatter cushions or prints.

 

Proportions and Scale

If you’re decorating a large room, add in larger patterns and furnishings to fill the space. In contrast, if you have limited space, keep your patterns and furnishings on a much smaller scale. Leaving white space in a room can help avoid a cluttered feel and appearance, which is perfect for smaller spaces.

 

Emphasis

Adding emphasis to a room can be easily achieved in many different ways. If you have a fireplace in your room, surround it with different textures or objects of interest. Large windows are a great focal point and can be added to with blinds or curtains. Highlighting a piece of artwork looks great too, and this can be achieved by adding in a spotlight or focus light.

 

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18th April, 2018