If you’re looking to upgrade your home you may be feeling overwhelmed and struggling to find a starting point. Home decor and interior design are art forms and studied professions, you’re forgiven for not knowing what you’re doing. But, help is at hand. The internet abounds with home decor and design tips. You can Google just about any type or style of interior decor that tickles your fancy and you’ll be flooded with articles, blog posts and infographics explaining just what to do and how to do it.
The fundamentals of interior design are a good place to begin before deciding on the style you want for your home. These will give you a good understanding of what will work within your interior space and also of what you can afford.
Here are the fundamentals of interior design that you should heed before launching head first into a home revamp.
Create a rhythm in your home
Find patterns, a colour palette and specific shapes that are in line with your taste and style. These will create a rhythm and dictate the flow of the room. To make sure that you create cohesion in the space repeat the elements of design you’ve chosen. Also, alternate between the patterns and shapes you’ve chosen and create a progressive feature – this may be in the shapes or a graduation of your colour palette. For instance, a series of circular framed mirrors in sequence from biggest to smallest.
Check your proportions
Keep your furnishings, patterns and feature pieces in scale with the space you’re working in. if the room is a smaller space then keep the design elements smaller, and similarly if the room is large then include your larger furniture and large feature pieces.
Balance is important in interior decor and design. You don’t want to become so enthusiastic about your decor that you clutter the space. This will leave you, your family and guests feeling a bit anxious because the space is too busy. Leave some white space in the room to balance and further enhance the feature pieces and design elements.
Prevent a clash
Your colour palette shouldn’t include too many colours. If you really like a colourful space then rather use varying shades and hues of a colour.
Marry your shapes together so that you underpin a flow of design. For instance, if you decided to make use of rectangular shapes in your space then it looks sophisticated to (in one or two specific areas in the room) make use of a rectangular table with a rectangular vase placed underneath a rectangular mirror. Or use horizontally placed mirrors above your lounge suites to mirror the shapes. By using too many different shapes your space will begin to look like a preschool drawing with too many jarring points that seem confusing.