When it comes to redecorating and renovating a home, there are multiple ways to save time, energy and money. It needn't be a drag with these simple interior design tips.
Remove the clutter
Clutter-free rooms are vital to making the most of a home, particularly when dealing with a small space. Clear as much space as possible. Items with sentimental value can always be returned at a later date, but working with a blank slate will allow the ideas to flow more freely.
Be smart with storage
Built-in storage creates the illusion of space. Store items that are likely to be distracting to the eye, such as electronics, stationary, CDs and DVDs in cupboards or closed shelves. Blend into the wall with paint or wallpaper. Create extra space with storage furniture such as a window seat or a box stool.
Measure a room before buying new furniture
It sounds obvious, but it's important to check measurements and dimensions several times to rule out costly mistakes. Make a floor and wall plan of the room beforehand and play around with a few ideas.
Choose furniture that fits
It might be tempting to squeeze in that huge, oversized couch that looks great in the trendy interior design magazine, but in a small space it will look ridiculous and throw off the whole look of the room. Try not to let any one piece dominate the room, but if extra space is needed take out a few pieces of other furniture instead.
Create space with mirrors
Mirror, mirror on the wall - does my room look big in this? A strategically placed mirror will enhance the feeling of space and add light to dark corners. Try sheet mirror on a wall above a fireplace or a framed mirror behind a couch.
Choose colours wisely
Whether it's a kitchen, bathroom, living room or bedroom, choosing a suitable colour scheme is key to a good atmosphere. For anyone new to interior design, neutral colours such as whites, creams, greys and browns are the best bet, as these tend not to clash with other colours. Blend tones to create space - for example, a light brown couch against a darker brown wall.
Be creative with lighting
Make the best possible use of natural light, but if a room is naturally dark there are some useful tricks to remember. Always use spot lights on low ceilings, as pendant lights can make the ceiling seem even lower. Bounce the light around the room with a gloss paint on the ceiling and direct light into every corner.
Make it personal
Adding personal touches to a room is what makes a space feel like home. It can be tempting to recreate magazine spreads in your front room, but that hand woven rug you picked up on holiday, or the lamp that was handed down by great aunt Maude, will really stand out.
One of the best ways to get a unique look is to use second hand furniture. Shop online, in charity shops, or at the local auction house to find statement pieces that stand out.
Art it up
A large piece of art, framed or on a canvas block, will draw the eye and create an immediate impact. Go for something original, if the budget allows - try the local art college for something by an up-and-coming new artist.
Be bold, creative and have fun - combining these interior design tips with a wild imagination will bring the project to life.
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