It’s no secret that a home designed by a professional interior designer outshines that of a beginner home decorator. The secret, however, is how these professionals make rooms look so amazing!
This article will take a look behind the scenes and discover the hidden mystery behind how professional interior designers create an awe-inspiring space.
1. Use A Mood Board
Before you jump right in and start to buy pieces for your room and paint the walls, you should have a very clear idea in mind of how you envision your room to look.
That is where mood boards come in. You can collect paint swatches, flooring samples, fabrics, and wallpapers, even knobs, and fixtures. Play around with those together and find the right fit.
When you have them all together on one small board, you can identify any items that don’t fit or you just aren’t happy with. Once you’ve created a mood board that makes you smile, you’re ready to begin.
2. Leave Room For The Flow
When it comes to furniture placement and space planning, interior decorators follow a few golden rules. One very important one is to respect the flow of traffic.
Furniture should never encumber the natural flow of how those in the home would move about throughout the day.
For example, a chair that constantly reroutes inhabitants to walk around the chair to enter the room is sorely misplaced.
A good rule of thumb is to leave enough space for two people to walk side by side from one space to another.
Another important aspect of flow, or circulation, is to ensure that a room never feels too cluttered. Don’t try to fit more furniture in a room than necessary.
3. Three Is A Magic Number
When it comes to smaller accessories, three is the number most often chosen for the amount to use.
Any time a designer places candles on a side table, they usually choose three. The same goes for accent pillows on a sofa or bed.
This odd number, while asymmetrical, is easier on the eyes for smaller objects. The opposite is true of furniture or bigger items, which is usually preferred to be symmetrical.
4. Use a 60/30/10 Color Scheme
Color is one of the main elements of design. Get this aspect of your home wrong and it’s really hard to fix.
When using a tricolor scheme, that’s a main, a secondary, and an accent color, you need to know the right ratio to use. If you read the heading, you already know what that is; 60/30/10.
This means that your dominant, or main color should fill 60% of the room with your secondary color filling 30% and the remaining 10% is a speckling of the accent color.
5. Pay Attention To Lighting
For many beginners, lighting is an afterthought but for professional designers, it is one of the most important aspects of their thought process.
They will take note of any natural lighting in the room and use that to their benefit.
Next, they will find a way to either compliment this natural lighting or make up for what it doesn’t provide.
Good lighting is both functional and beautiful. In most rooms, there should be at least three sources of light.
There are many different types of light to consider as well. There is overhead lighting, mood lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. Which of these you will need in a room will depend on the use of the room.
Most kitchens will need plenty of overhead and task lighting. Bedrooms will benefit from mood lighting. Hallways will usually have accent lighting.
6. Every Room Needs Only One Focal Point
A good designer knows when they have found that perfect piece that will knock your guests’ socks off, but they also know when enough is enough.
In each room, there should be only one draw of the eye. This focal point could be a unique piece of furniture, an ornate old fireplace, or a large piece of artwork.
Add too much in one room and you’re liable to overwhelm the room.
7. Your Measuring Tape is Your Friend
In many industries, such as construction and seamstressing, the saying is “measure twice, cut once.” In interior design, the saying is similar but not quite the same.
“Measure twice, buy once,” is the mantra for interior decorators. No one wants to spend more than they have to on their interior design.
To keep your home decor on budget, you should know the dimensions of the room you will be decorating. You can then figure out what you can fit where.
With these numbers in mind, you can measure the furniture you are interested in and calculate whether this piece would fit your space.
Knowing that you have much of the secret knowledge of professional interior designers, you can decorate your home without worrying about making beginner mistakes.
Don’t forget that creating a home that you love takes time. While keeping the above seven tips in mind, be patient. You couldn’t possibly find every piece that fits perfectly in your home instantly.
As time goes by you will be able to curate many pieces to create a unique and stylish home.