Four simple tips for creating a home to be proud of
Taking on a new design project can be a daunting task. It is natural to want your design projects to live up to your expectations, so here are four tips to keep in mind when embarking on your next interior project.
The starting line
This initial step is sometimes easier said than done, but the best course of approach is often to really look at the features of each room and think about how you can make the most of them. Don’t forget to take note of how much natural light your space gets, as this should influence the colour palette you ultimately decide to use. Remember that a naturally light room will generally be able to take deep, rich colours without looking gloomy, whereas a naturally darker room will benefit from light, airy shades.
Find your inspiration
Inspiration can come from anywhere. Pinterest and Instagram are excellent online resources, but everywhere from design shops and magazines to the local café you spend your Saturday mornings in can be the source of your next big design idea. Take photographs when you are out and about and create a folder on your computer or tablet in which you can save images that catch your eye online.
Lay out your ideas visually
Creating a mood board is an excellent way to see whether your ideas will work together within one space. If you are not sure which direction to take, try to think of three words to describe your ideal room and begin piecing together images you have collected that reflect these words perfectly. It is important to take your time here to think about each element. Does your choice of flooring pair well with your wall colour? Will some of your existing pieces of furniture fit within this design, or will you need something new?
Consider colour and pattern
If you are not confident when it comes to colour, using the 60/30/10 ratio could be helpful. 60 per cent of your design should incorporate your most prominent colour, which could be white if you are looking to achieve a bright and airy space or something more dramatic such as a midnight blue or cool grey. Your second colour should take up approximately 30 per cent of your design, which in living spaces is likely to be within your curtains, rugs and sofas. Finally, 10 per cent of your space will be taken up by your choice of accent colour. Choose something that contrasts with the rest of your colour scheme for a splash of colour and added interest.
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