Interior Design is an acquired skill and comes in varying degrees. Like fashion sense, some have it and some well...maybe miss the mark. But just like that individual dressed to perfection gains our admiration so does a well though out and thoughtfully planned interior design. No more than we ever look our best when scrambling out the door in the early morning to walk the dog does our home resonate with style when we randomly throw varying styles and design ideas together. Often times a homes interior will look like a collaboration of designs and lack a flow and consistency. The desire to create change is powerful but need to temper that desire and the patience to create a plan is critical if you want your house to be beautiful, welcoming and praise worthy. And the good news is that it does not require a massive budget to facilitate great improvements to your living spaces. Below is a compilation of some of my favor tips from some great designers for some practical perspectives to keep in mind during the interior design process.
When designing a room, it is important to take into consideration the size and space available. It is a huge design error to put large furniture into a small room. So as much as that reclining sofa feature has great appeal for game day, if it is crammed into a too small of a room then the room will look and feel smaller and crowded.
More than 5 design elements in most spaces will leave your sense spinning. Try and take a step back from the space and think clean and uncluttered. Striving for simplicity forces you to think through all aspects of your design and it forces you to make intentional design choices rather than just filling up the space with visual clutter. Simplicity does not have to mean minimal, sparse or boring. It simply means that the design is true to itself by achieving a consistent design expression throughout.
There are some basic design principles taught in introductory design classes in college that are important to always remember. Balance, Emphasis, Movement, Pattern, Repetition, Proportion, Rhythm, Variety, Unity. All of these design principles matter a great deal and when these principles are not followed can result in a very chaotic and schizophrenic home. If you follow these basic principles in your design your chances of success will be exponentially greater.