Interior Design Tips For First-Timers

When it comes to home and interior designing, there’s really no such thing as a set of rules to strictly follow. Perhaps the only thing you need to instill upon yourself as a beginner in this kind of endeavor is to be as creative as possible. Well, the thing with interior design is that it can be very difficult at the beginning, but once you light everything up and you begin you work your brains out, you’re good to go. In fact, you find yourself loving it and finding it hard to stop.

Interior design is one of the most fulfilling do-it-yourself projects at home, but mind you, the project becomes a total failure at the onset if you don’t know how to start and you don’t have a clue what you’re doing in the first place. So for this article, we would like to help you out and give you some of the easiest tips for interior designing.

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According to Elle Decor, there are five very important and essential things that first-time interior designers and homeowners should learn and be reminded of. Learn what these five are below:

Matching furniture sets. Matching sofa and love seat sets, or matching side tables, coffee tables and media consoles are a no-no. This almost never looks good. Instead, vary the furniture to create a more intriguing and interesting design.

Getting stuck on one style or color. If you have a brown sofa and white rug, don’t only buy brown and white pillows. Try mixing in a blue or orange pillow instead. Or, try a gold accent table instead of the matching wood one. Mixing different styles and materials, and introducing an additional color are the key to achieving a designer look.

Going too small with furniture. Larger scale furniture pieces will actually make your room feel bigger (as counter intuitive as that seems). Let your sofa take up the whole wall — you don’t need two extra feet at each end.

Forgetting the rug. Area rugs can really ground and define a space. They make every space feel more complete. When it comes to rugs, you want it to be large so that your furniture floats around it — not just big enough to go under your coffee table. A rug can be a good opportunity to bring in color and pattern as well. And the same way it brings a space together, it can create distinction as well, if, for instance, you have once space for both your living and dining area.

Buying all of your furniture from one store. It may be convenient, but it’s so boring and can look so non-creative. In short: Mix it up.

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There are two crucial components of any interior design master plan – color and furniture. What we are trying to say is that if you want to start your project on the right foot, be sure you know what color you want and the kind of furniture you wish to purchase. To guarantee success, bear in mind that those two shouldn’t be decided by impulse. Think of them over and over again.

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Meanwhile, Houzz.com, in the article “12 Key Decorating Tips to Make Any Room Better,” provides very specific tips in home decorating, which pretty much is about interior design, too. See them below:

Hang artwork at the right height. Galleries and museums hang artwork so that the midline (center) of each piece is 57 inches to 60 inches from the floor. (The average human eye level is 57 inches.) And you should do the same.

In a room like this, where the ceilings soar, there might be a tendency to hang the art higher. But remember: It needs to relate to human scale, not the structure’s scale.

If you’re not sure, take a picture. It’s remarkable how much a photo can reveal. Print it out or use Photoshop or an app to draw on the photo. This can give you a sense of whether a larger or smaller piece of art is needed or a tall plant might be best to fill a vacant spot.

Know how to arrange furniture on a rug. There are basically three ways you can arrange furniture on your rug.

All on: The rug is large enough to place all of the furniture legs on top of it. This creates a more luxurious feel. For this, bigger is better. Just be sure to leave at least 12 to 18 inches of floor surface on all four sides of the rug’s borders.

All off: If you have a small room, keeping all legs off the rug is a great cost-effective choice. You don’t want to pick too small a rug, though, or it may look insignificant, like an afterthought. The rug should appear as though it could touch the front legs of each of the seating pieces. This approach is best suited when you’re layering a pattern over a larger solid or textured rug.

Front on: Put just the front feet of all your seating pieces on the rug to tie the arrangement together visually and create a well-defined space while lending a feeling of openness.

Resist the urge to be too theme-y. For example, the Cape Cod look is a very popular request. You know the hallmarks: beadboard, a blue and white nautical palette, some sailboat paintings. But this has been done so many times, it lacks individuality. In this room the coastal vibe was achieved through a palette, artwork and materials that give the effect without drawing on the obvious clichés.

Create a focal point. There are leading roles and supporting cast members in any production. The same holds true in design. Choose your star and make it the focal point to anchor a room. Allow other items to take a secondary role. Don’t ask everything to have a leading role; it will just result in visual noise.

Your focal point might be a dramatic hood in the kitchen, a mantel and art piece in the living room or a headboard in the bedroom. Whatever it is, choose something that will draw attention. In this room the fireplace and the lighting work together as a collective focal point, bringing your eye right to the center of the composition and anchoring it there.

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We are in total agreement with the creation of a focal point when you’re doing interior design for the first time. As a matter of fact, there really is no sense to it all if you don’t have a centerpoint of which everything else inside is connected to. A focal point is important because it will be responsible for drawing attention. Without it, anyone who enters your living space, or even you, feels like getting lost in a pile of stuff that seems to be totally disconnected with each other.

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