Home Decorating Tricks Interior Decorators Use

Juliet D'cruz

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Your environment has a lot to do with how you feel; how you view life. Pleasing and comforting home décor does a lot to lift your spirits. So, decorating your home in a style and design that connects with you is very important. 

You can always seek expert help. Professional interior decorators can tap into your personality and style to fashion the perfect home for you. Or, you can take the onus of giving life to your ideas yourself. If you are thinking of redoing your home but don’t know where to start, then here are a few tricks of the trade that will help you along. Read on, to find out more.

What’s your style?

Before you jump into it, ask yourself, “What do I want to do with my space? What kind of home am I looking for?” You can zero in on your wardrobe for tips. You will find you have an affinity for certain colours. If your clothes are strictly no-nonsense formals, you can go for a formal looking wardrobe. Grungy outfits and mismatched pieces of clothing mean you can opt for a more rustic décor.

You can also refer to design magazines to gauge what suits your tastes. A folder of clippings and photos will help you decide before you begin the ideation process for your home decor. 

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Make a list of styles and colours you don’t like

Figuring out what doesn’t work for you is an easy way to narrow your options. There are certain colours that you may find abhorrent. Or, maybe a traditional décor is not your cup of tea. Once you have eliminated the things you don’t like, there are higher chances of you getting a better understanding of what you do like. 

Plan your space

Space planning is essential; it is something interior decorators work on before they start shopping for furniture. You may love the bulky sofa on display at the furniture store, but it may cramp your space or may not fit in your room. Establish the seating area in your room, marking out the space required for sofas and units. Once you have a fair idea, you can hunt for the suitable furniture. 

Symmetry is monotonous and does nothing for your décor. Mix and match different furniture styles to add interest to your décor. 

The delicate matter of wall paint

What looks gorgeous on the shade card, doesn’t always equate to a beautiful wall colour. The sample is probably an inch across, and your wall is a large expense of space. So, pick wisely. Using drastically different colour schemes in each room is not a good idea. When the colour scheme has uniformity, it sweeps through the home, giving a unified appearance. 

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To avoid a disjointed home, select a group of complementary colours and use them throughout your space. Since you are not a professional interior decorator, you may not have the foresight as to how the finished space will look, so rely on sample tests on the walls. This will give you a fair idea about your choice of colours. 

Make your way up from ground level

Designing your space can be an overwhelming experience, especially if you are not a professional interior decorator. The trick is to start from the ground and work your way up. The flooring can be carpet, wood or tiles. Stark or bright colours can limit your colour palette options, going up. So opt for muted colours and earthy tones for your flooring. A good way of working on your colour scheme is by picking up the colours from the patterned throw rug of your choice. Once your flooring decision is in place, you can work on wall paint and furniture ideas.

Remodelling old into new

There are chances you have existing furniture you don’t want to let go of. You can work your way through the process by reupholstering sofas, and re-polishing old furniture. You need not choose the same finish on your wood and can consider other options. A splash of vibrant colours works well, accentuating the design element. However, go easy. For example, a yellow occasional table can balance the pattern on your throw cushions with aplomb, but too much yellow can overwhelm the design. 

A mix of textures and patterns

Most interior decorators mix and match textures and patterns. For example, you need not stick to the floral theme throughout the décor scheme and can add stripes or geometric patterns to the mix. As long as you stick to the colour palette, you can indulge the whimsy in you and add your own personality to the room. Use the floral motif sparingly so that it can have the right impact on your décor. Too much of the floral motif can lead to a busy room, and your décor will lose its sense of direction.

Home decorating is an exhilarating activity, something the whole family can join in. You can take your time with it, working on ideas and samplers before you get down to the nitty-gritty. You will be amazed to find your ideas morph into something you had not planned on as you evolve with your design. Go for it. It’s fun and oh, so satisfying!