8 essential pointers for successful house decoration

8 essential pointers for successful house decoration

Not sure where to start when you want to design your house? Utilize our professional guidance on organizing and putting together a stunning scheme to create a gorgeous environment.

1. Starting off

Give the space you wish to update some serious thought. As the dean of the KLC School of Design, Jenny Gibbs advises, “Get to know the space from every perspective and consider how you’re going to utilize it, as well as whether there are any architectural elements, furnishings, or trouble areas you need to take in mind.” The quality of the light and the direction the room faces are also very important to consider since they have an impact on the colors.

2. Look for motivation

You may get interior design inspiration anywhere, including in publications, interior shops, hotels, Pinterest, Instagram, and your friends’ homes. Create inspiration files for each of your endeavors, whether they are on a computer or in a physical scrapbook. When you shop, this will be quite helpful.

3. Establish a moodboard.

Utilize a moodboard to refine your early concepts. This is a fantastic tool for planning how things will interplay. Jenny advises coming up with three words to describe your final room as a place to start. It might, for instance, be informal, cozy, and private. Select a few photos that correspond to this description, then pair them with floor plans, paint swatches, and paint color samples.

The construction of a moodboard can be done in any way—right or wrong. A physical board with genuine samples will offer a more thorough impression than online tools that allow you to compile photographs for emailing to others.

4. Intellectual Colour Combination 

Every plan must have a beginning point, which might be a wall painting or a curtain material you adore. You may create a palette for paint, upholstery, and accent items by choosing colors from the design. Use the 60-30-10 guideline and keep your palette to one neutral hue and no more than three colors, unless you have a genuine flair for color blending. Deep navy walls, for example, might look amazing. The dominating color will be utilized on 60% of the space (such as the floor or walls). This color doesn’t have to be a neutral.

Usually, the upholstery makes up 30% of the living room’s color scheme, and the remaining 10% is your accent color. This may be a bright yellow in a design inspired by a garden or a splash of crimson in a seaside bedroom.

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The color wheel is essential when creating your design, according to Jenny. “More muted schemes employ varying tones of only one hue, whereas colors opposite one another are contrasting and together may produce a powerful dramatic impression. Additionally, colors that are close to one another on the color wheel provide a soft, harmonious design.

5. Maximize the use of your space

The easiest rooms to pick colors for are those that face south and receive lots of natural light since almost any color would look excellent there. North-facing rooms are the most challenging because of the colder light. Pale colors can help you create a sense of spaciousness, but be sure to pick ones with a warmer base so they will reflect any available light.

6. Using Pattern

The use of patterns in a scheme has several benefits. According to Jenny, “It might be the ideal approach to add excitement or elegance to a room.” When used with care, it may serve to balance the way a room seems; for instance, vertical lines provide height, while horizontal lines give the impression of breadth. According to Jenny, a pattern’s scale should correspond to the size of the space. However, “diligent over-scaling in a tiny space can generate striking results.” A cloakroom with wallpaper in a striking pattern may look gorgeous.

Your decision may also serve to convey a specific aesthetic, according to Jenny. “Animal designs add a hint of the exotic, while toiles evoke French flair,” says the author. Selecting three or four patterns in a tonal or aesthetically pleasing color scheme is a simple approach to mix and match patterns.

As an alternative, you may choose a dark colour for the walls in a tiny room that faces north, such Little Greene’s Chocolate Color, a decadently rich brown. Instead of painting the woodwork a stark white or cream, choose a similar colour to blend the room’s borders and give the impression of more space. In a room with an odd form, you may change the proportions using color. In a long, narrow room, painting the end wall a darker color can make it appear to approach toward you, making the area feel broader. There are uncomfortable nooks and crannies in every space since few rooms are perfectly square.

Making a highlight of an alcove is one method to use it, such as by painting the remainder of the room a contrasting color, papering it in a statement pattern, or filling it with art to create a tiny gallery.

7. Making it all come together

A design concept will look more polished if it includes accessories like pillows, vases, and lamps in your accent color. Black accents may give the color palette depth and make it seem grounded. Think of a set of black-framed artworks or a reading lamp made of matte black metal.

It’s crucial to incorporate contrasting textures. Tufted wool rugs soften hardwood floors while adding a natural touch. Woven baskets are also a terrific way to store periodicals and provide a touch of nature. Large leafy houseplants or clusters of miniature succulents in pots offer color and texture to a space.

8. Do you need assistance with your design?

Try out different wall colors by taking a picture of your space and using the Dulux Visualizer app. Homewings.co.uk is a reasonably priced online interior design service that assists you in selecting a look and creating a brief before connecting you with a consultant.

Visit the British Institute of Interior Design website to speak with an interior designer. Jenny suggests speaking to two to three people: “A good partnership requires actual compatibility between you two.”

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