Once or more in life, we find ourselves completely blown away by the way a certain room looks or feels right after making an entrance. Lighting setting, color patterns or combination, seating arrangements, decorations, and more are all important factors that end up drawing us to a specific interior more than others. Interior design is a combination of a lot of things and therefore does not give the viewer much room to digest specific details at one go. In return, we end up viewing it all as a general image in relation to how the design makes us feel. Unless one is an interior designing enthusiast, not many people tend to notice or pay much attention to the details of interior design but we all appreciate in one way or the other the art and science that comes with it. The interior design intends to enhance the environment of either a living or working space in order to make it more aesthetically pleasing and healthy for the people using it.
A good interior design like any other field comes with either experience, knowledge, or both. For the sake of guaranteed satisfaction, most people use professional interior designers to do the work, but what if you decided to take matters into your own hands? Here are some tips to guide you when doing interior design for your home or any other space.
Be Authentic To Your Style
As mentioned above, interior design is a combination of art and science but this goes hand in hand with your personality and style. Interior design represents more than just an appeal, it goes beyond showcasing the personality or nature of a person or a place and this is why one needs to make sure that prior to settling for a specific design, it first reflects his or her true self. This is by no means mandatory, but with the linkage between one’s personality and design, one can easily identify the likes and dislikes, pick specific details such as color patterns more easily, select a layout plan, and even identify the nature of design to whether traditional, elegant, modern, etc.
Sticking to your style and liking not only works on the final results, but it also helps you create a space that gives you comfort as it resonates with who you truly are. It also helps as a guide when working with professionals to deliver a design that reflects who you truly are.
Identify and Build Around Your Space
After you have identified the style and nature of the design that you like, it is time to upscale the intensity of the interior work. In order to understand thoroughly what you need throughout the designing process, first, you need to identify how much your space can accommodate. This will give you a clear picture of the things you need to buy with a clear picture or the size and working budget. For good interior design, one needs to work smart with the available space. Failure to do so results in a cluttered interior due to either wrongful selection of the furniture size, or an empty interior due to few or small furniture. Good interior design is all about balancing the visual weight and distribution for a correct balance of space. Another important factor to note is that, with any living space, one needs free space and therefore, identifying the size of your home or office gives you ample ability to leave out some free space for flexible movement and comfort.
Prior Planning and Research
You might have come across the saying “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” and this cannot be proven otherwise with interior designing. Like how a building’s structure is planned prior to construction, good interior design goes through a series of planning and research. These two factors work together to give you precision. With planning, you get to thoroughly identify and allocate items needed for your space, with the research you get to go for the things that are relevant and even help with the preparation of the budget as you get to clearly know what your needs cost. Good planning helps you identify the purpose and layout of every room in which one gets to know the level of complexity that comes with the design. Good research comes as a complement to your ideas as it sparks your imagination with more inspiration but most importantly keeps you on the right track of designing.
Incorporate Light and Color
I find it difficult to ignore good interior designs and this is due to the balance of either color, light, or simply the uniformity of a place. For the sake of color, as interior designs incorporate several items in one space, one needs to keep in mind the balance of color in order to avoid some items or furniture from looking out of place. To avoid this, you need to have a color scheme in order to bring a balance around components such as rugs, artwork, drapery, blinds, etc. with the rest of the items and wall color. Lighting is always set to determine the liveliness of a space. A good balance in light comes as a complement to the rest of the items in the room regardless of the time of the day. While designing your interior, you need to identify the window’s position for the sake of day and the type of lights allocated per room for the sake of night. Integrate the use of both ambient and task lighting according to space usage.
Consult a Professional
With millions of interior design websites surfacing the internet, we get to have unlimited access to knowledge from professionals and enthusiasts in the field of interior design. This has inspired many creative artists to arise from the field of sharing DIY guides that give people who lack the experience grounds to practice and proper information to work with. This, however, is not always the ultimate way to achieve the perfect interior design and to avoid shortcomings, it is important that throughout your design journey, a professional is considered. Working with an experienced designer saves not only the time used throughout the process, but even the budget allocation and many other minor details that are easy to oversee. After you have done personal research and ideation, consult a professional interior designer for the finalization of the plan.