When it comes to interior decorating, you have the opportunity to make or break your home. You can make it a place your family will love for generations; or it could become dated in just a few years. Since it’s so important that your interior design be done well, here are some tips to make sure your decor is doing good things for you.
- Carefully consider what materials you’ll use in terms of quality. An important first step to doing interior decorating right is making sure you can afford to do what you want. It might be better to leave things for a bit or start smaller until you can afford better materials rather than to spend on inferior decorating. Normally, furniture is the third-most expensive thing any of us will buy, after a house and a car. Trying to run too cheap will make trouble for you in the long run. In general, remember that quality materials last longer and are a lot less likely to look dated in just a few years. Natural materials are nearly always the right choice for interior decorating, and bear in mind that just because a thing is expensive doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best. The key is that it be made to last.
- Plan your space around real life. If it looks cool but you can’t live in it, it’s no good to you. Likely it won’t seem good to a future buyer, either. When you’re thinking about the design process, make sure you think about what you plan to do in that space. You want to marry beauty and function. Hang art, for example, with the center at eye level so that it can be seen without strain, and fill the room with pieces that complement the purpose of the room. Pieces that have a particularly interesting story or provoke deep thought are great for the dining room where people engage in conversation; not so good in the bedroom where you want a calm space to relax and sleep. Also remember that the space should be efficient for the purpose. It should complement the room, not get in the way.
- Don’t make everything the same: create interest with contrasting elements. Many people think interior decorating is about making sure everything “matches.” Matching is not the key: complement is the key. If the lamp, the curtains, the chair, and the table all have the same sort of visual feel, the room has no interest. Contrasts actually highlight the opposing elements and make us appreciate them more. This sense of balance can go to patterns, as well. A bright color or flashy pattern can work just fine if other elements are muted to contrast with it. Leaving a space of a foot or a foot and a half around all the sides of a rug allows both the rug and the floor to be fully appreciated.
- Getting help with interior design is never the wrong choice. Specialized interior design industries are doing well, and the industry is expected to rise by a rate of 20% in the next ten years. This isn’t by accident: interior decorating requires creativity, patience, balance, an understanding of how spaces work, a knowledge of current trends balanced by a sense of the long-view, insight into how humans perceive things, and experience with what design elements work best with each other. You can never go wrong getting interior designers to help you plan how to use your space most effectively.
Interior decorating is one of the most important things you can do to make your home useful, beautiful, restful, and valuable. Make sure you’re thinking carefully about your designs before you act, and don’t be afraid to find an interior decorator who can help you achieve the designs of your dreams.