As the proud owner of a home, you have already distinguished your comfortable abode from others in the same block. While your home displays timeless design statements of its own, you might wish to incorporate some contemporary trends that can turn a comfortable home into a comfortably stylish home. While it takes a creative eye to be able to pull a space together and make it functional and fabulous, you don’t need an interior designer for all home design decisions. Beautiful room arrangements don’t create attractive rooms; they make people feel welcome and comfortable. The best arrangements accentuate the highlights of the room, direct people toward special features and views, and minimize any negative features through clever placement. You can overcome most space imperfections with strategic planning and jazz it up using your own individual style and preferences.
Here are a few tips that will transform your home into a space that, until now, you thought only an interior designer could pull together:
Create a focal point
A focal point could be an oversized chair in your living area, an art piece in the dining room or a headboard in the bedroom. Choose your special feature and convert it the focal point to anchor a room. Allow other items and features to take a secondary role. The purpose is to bring your eye right to the centre of the composition and anchor it there.
Colour is personal and creates moods within us that inspire, hence always pick colours that call to you. A mix of three colours or shades is the trick to designing like a pro: a main colour for walls, the second one for larger accents such as couches and chairs, and a third colour that bursts in smaller accessories such as pillows and flowers. For example, a colour combination using a light shade of brown, teal and tangerine or an all-white room with three shade of white can enhance the overall appeal of the décor, giving them impression that it was designed by a pro.
Texture is as important as colour. Add textures such as shiny silk cushions, plush velvet chairs, and throw blankets to revamp the space. All of these elements add texture and create an alluring and warm ambience. Design reflects the personality of the owner, so by using textures, patterns and varying colours can transform a dull room into a sophisticated space with ease. Depending on your personal style, try to add texture by introducing numerous textiles into your home.
Layering the Lighting
Professional interior designers build layers of lighting to create intrigue, interest and variety. In a well lit room nothing stands out. Ambient lighting adds an elegant appeal by creating an intimate sense of space. You can place floor and table lamps at different heights around the room. Hanging lights such as pendants and chandeliers can be hung low over dining tables for a dramatic effect and artworks should be lit with accent lights.
Beautiful room arrangements don’t create attractive rooms; they make people feel welcome and comfortable. The best arrangements accentuate the highlights of the room, direct people toward sspecial features and views, and minimise any negative features through clever placement.
Mix your metals
A great design trend is to mix metallic finishes. It’s no secret metals add sheen and richness to any room, but the new school of design suggests mixing gold and silver together. The effect is surprisingly smart, so don’t be afraid to play with the finishes.
How to use Mirrors
Mirrors can make a space feel brighter because they bounce the light around the room and make it look airy and spacious. Put mirrors on walls perpendicular to windows, not directly across from them as hanging a mirror directly opposite a window can actually bounce the light right back out the window.
Experiment with stylishly contrasting patterns and colours accessories. Look around the room before selecting a colour scheme. The safe approach is to stick to a complementary or limited palette. Mix and match patterns, stripes and floral, keeping colour choices to a minimum. If your room is neutral, you can experiment easily but if the space has lots of colour. Pick one that is the least prominent and use it in a different pattern such as stripes, so to ensure that the colour isn’t just floating.
Treat Your Windows
To make your window space appear larger, it is best to hang your curtain panels at a height higher than the window frame and extend the rod wider than the window frame. Moreover, built-in blinds and simple cornices can also enhance your windows. For a more sophisticated look, however, bold and beautiful fabrics add drama and penache to the rooms in the form of curtains and drapes. For short spaces, floor-to-ceiling drapery works out amazingly, making the room appear larger.
Merging different styles
The first rule of home design is that there is no rule! Experiment with textures and different style, anything that pleases the eye and you will not go wrong. For example, don’t be afraid to mix and match your favourite styles within one room. Think a modern lamp with a vintage sideboard!
Bring out the artist in you
Artistic touches add charm to a room and are incredibly eye-pleasing. Express your creative side easily without any formal training required, by adding the unexpected, such as a mosaic floor covering. Such patterned tile rugs in a bedroom or hallway are breathtaking and, better yet, incredibly easy to clean. You can also add trendy and attractive accents to layer the room with a creative appeal.
Learning and mastering these basic design principles can help you take your interior space to the next level—all without breaking the bank! These essential, yet professional, home design ideas are easy to follow, so start implementing them today.
The author is Founder & Global CEO of iSticker