If you are anything like me you are probably always looking for new and unique ways to beautify and personalize your home.
Here are 10 of my favorite Interior Design Tips that will help you to create a beautiful and swoon-worthy space in no time. Let's get started!
(1) Inspiration Board
I find it incredibly helpful to create an inspiration or mood board for my space.
I use this tool to refer to when planning, creating, or purchasing for my design. While you are scrolling and swiping online and see any object whatsoever that appeals to you, save it and upload it to your board. Do it immediately or you might never find it again. Trust me on this as it has happened to me on many occasions. Later when I go through to edit what I have saved, I remove saved items at that time if they no longer appeal to me.
I use Canva, they have a free version and there are templates that you can use to create inspiration or mood boards.
(2) Color Harmony
As a professional color specialist, color is mega important in all my design decisions.
Look carefully at the inspiration board that you have created and see if you can find a color theme. Often we tend to gravitate to colors that appeal to us for whatever reason. You will most likely discover that there are one or two favorite colors that run through the theme of your board. At this point, you don't have to select the exact shade of the color but it is time to key in on the color family. Once you have done this step, you are ready to harmonize your design with color.
Color harmony helps to pull all the elements together and create an inviting space, mood, and feel. Harmony in your colors is one of the main reasons you feel so good in the space.
Your hues can be bold or subtle, the key is that they are in harmony or form a pleasing combination.
(3) Focal Point
It's time to create a focal point. The purpose of having a focal point is to let one's eyes have a starting point. When you walk into a room, you usually start looking at a certain area and move your gaze from there. The focal point is pretty much saying, "I'm special, why not start from here".
After deciding upon your focal point area/wall, base your furninture placement around that. Additionally, when you "focus" on a special object, view, or item, it sets the mood for the rest of your space.
Here are some examples of a focal point, fabulous window view, fireplace, artwork, vintage piece, and the list goes on.
Go Green! Add some plants. Who doesn't enjoy some greenery?
Live plants are organic and even known to help eliminate pollutants and purify your air. The color green is known to help calm and nurture, hence the reason we often feel better when being outside and surrounded by trees and vegetation. Plants have visual interest in their color, shape, texture, and even aroma.
There are many low-light and low-watering plants for those who don't exactly have a green thumb. Adding plants to your space is one of the easiest, inexpensive, and immediately gratifying things you can do to enhance your space in an instant.
(5) Chandelier Height
Place the bottom of your chandelier about 33 inches above the table. In most cases, this is a win-win. You want to highlight your beautiful fixture without blocking the view of your dining mates. This height works in most applications and settings.
(6) Vary Your Elements
Don't be a bore! No matchy-matchy here. Try to mix up your design elements. Think texture, surface, metals, woods, style, color size, and so forth.
When you vary your various elements it adds to the personality of the space and creates visual interest, as well as silently speaking on your behalf.
(7) The Rule of 3
The old saying is "three's a crowd!" But, not in interior design.
Being odd can be a good thing. In interior design and decor, uneven is best. Odd numbers complement each other better. Think 3, 5, 7, and 9. Grouping an odd number of decor objects as well as varying their heights is the most impactive.
It can be tempting to pair items up, but in this design case, odd is better. In design 3 is a set.
(8) Add Contrast
Adding a contrasting item such as the zebra rug pictured above can give a real WOW factor to an otherwise soft and subtle setting.
The contrasting element need not overwhelm the space but rather enhance it and draw attention to the area. It aids in breaking up the monotony.
Throw pillows are another excellent way to add some visual contrast.
(9) Area Rugs
I LOVE area rugs, they are one of my favorite design elements, but you need to know the rules and there definitely are some.
The placement and size of your area rugs are very important to your space looking cohesive and professionally done.
In your main living space, preferably all the legs of your furniture should sit on the rug. If this is not possible, then at least the front legs should be on it.
In your dining room, the legs of the chairs should still be on the rug even when you pull them out.
The bedroom rule is that the area rug should extend a minimum of 2 feet to 3 feet from the sides and back of the bed.
(10) Color Splash or Pop
Color is your friend. Subtle. Soft. Muted. Bold. Vibrant. Light. Dark. Use color or hue to your advantage.
Let's say you have a room designed in monochromatic colors and it's lovely. Why not add a splash of bold color such as red, black, or yellow? It doesn't have to be a lot, but just a "Splash" of that color. With this little addition of hue, your lovely space has jumped all the way forward to spectacular.
Even just a hint of unexpected colors, whether bold, bright, dark, or vibrant will make your space POP. Nothing boring or predictable here. The color splash speaks volumes about you, your style, and your personality.
The next time that you look around one of your spaces, see where you can add a bit of excitement with a color pop or splash.
And so there you have it, 10 interior design tips to make your home, office, and special space stand out. Check back for more upcoming tips and tricks to rock your space.
...until next time