Tips For Designing a Room

Home and Garden - Home Decor
By: annap    
30-Jul-2015

Introduction:Decorating can be very difficult when you're not an interior designer, however, with these simple tips it should become a whole lot easier.

Great interior designers don't have a strict set of rules they follow, in fact their approach is generally extremely open - which leaves them with a world of possibility to play with when it comes to interior design. However, when approaching interior design it is good to have a few 'tricks' that you rely on to guide you and ensure you always get an amazing result every single time.

  • 01

    Choose Your Paint Last

    There's nothing wrong with having a rough idea of a colour scheme before designing, but it's a bad idea to get your wall paint first. Why? Because lots of things can affect the exact tone and texture of paint you need, and the factors that affect the paint you need may not come into play until further down the redecorating road.
    Your lighting choices, upholstery, curtains, floor tiles, carpet, accessories, artwork and various other things will have an effect on what paint you need. So although it might seem completely logical to lay a paint base and built on that, it's actually counter productive and quite restrictive.

  • 02

    Let Your Key Pieces Stand Out

    A really good tip for designing a room is to buy a key piece of furniture that is a showstopper, that really sets the tone for your room. When you purchase these showstoppers, you can enable them to fade into a background of noise by filling the rest of the room up with too much. There is a fine line between perfectly accessorised and complete jumble sale. But the best thing about this is, you can always take items away to refine the look of a room, as long as you have the basic design right. Enable your key pieces to stand out and grab attention.

  • 03

    Get Mirrors & Artwork Positioned Well

    You need to ensure you place mirrors and artwork at eye level so they can be appreciated properly. When ceiling are high it can be really easy to think you need to place mirrors or artwork higher to match it - this isn't beneficial to the overall design or the people using the room.

  • 04

    Placing Furniture Around a Rug

    Placing furniture around a rug can be quite difficult to get right, especially if you have a stationary floor tile rug which are becoming increasingly popular at the moment. You have a few different choices to make when placing your furniture around the rug. For huge rugs, placing all the furniture on top of the rug can look really nice and provides quite an open and luxurious feel, as long as a nice big gap is left between the rug edges and the furniture. For smaller spaces or smaller rugs, ensure the furniture is not on the rug, but close to it so the rug doesn't look irrelevant. A rug that comes out several inches away from your coffee table when the table is placed in the centre of it, can look really nice.

  • 05

    Know the Line Between Themed and Tacky

    It's good to have a theme, and the right theme can really bring a room together. However, if you go overboard - you can end up with what looks like a vintage recreation, a nautical museum or jumble sale depending on the theme. You're basically looking for influences and gentle nods to an era or theme rather than a shrine to it.





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