It can be difficult to get your home design just perfect, especially when it seems like the trends are continually changing! Shannon Vos, an interior designer, discusses his top home decorating advice to help you style your home like a pro.
Understanding human behavior to create places within a building, both inside and out is the art of interior design. Interior decoration, on the other hand, is the process of infusing life and beauty into a room.
One may appear clinical, while the other is filled with emotion and a human tale, and taking on any interior-decorating project can be intimidating, to say the least.
However, breaking down such a massive endeavor into small steps, as numerous as they may be, is the only way to do it. Only then will we be able to deconstruct the process and articulate all of our decisions.
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Important information Block color is excellent, but it’s also important to create movement and energy that cuts through it. Allow the room’s striking black features to take center stage.
The first phase in any project – design or construction – is perhaps the most important, and having a game plan is crucial to creating a coherent space.
You’ll want to know where you’re going before you go because no one likes being surprised, especially when it involves a large sum of money.
do your homework
Discover your personal style, niche, and appearance. Isn’t it easier said than done? Look around you, leaf through publications, collect Pins, create boards, and ‘like’ posts to notice trends in what you’re storing.
Create a vision board with all of your favorite images and items, and you’ll notice that certain designs and looks emerge.
Taking it a step further, you can create a style based on your current residence. A mountain chalet, for example, would look ridiculous if it was styled all coastal and beachy. Use what you like and your current home (as well as where you live) to create the style, color, and life you want.
Allow plenty of time to fine-tune your taste, and if you find yourself at odds with your partner, husband, wife, or bestie (I despise the word compromise), find that happy medium.
Don’t be limited by movements or specific styles; simply collect what you like (colors, textures, and art) and make it your own. Own your particular style, and you’ll create a self-assured personal environment that feels like home and is the haven of tranquility we all desire.
Making a visual moodboard will help you define your style and get a better understanding of what you want to accomplish. Jono Fleming is responsible for the styling.
begin with a quick overview
It’s one thing to know what style or trend you want to follow, but it’s quite another to pull it off. It’s best to make a brief (one for each area) or a list of each room’s demands and wants.
This will surely alter over time (think bachelor apartment vs. young family), so take advantage of the chance to reinvent yourself.
Make a list of what you need and want from a space and start crossing things off as you go.
Take, for example, your dining room. What do you want to get out of it? There’s a table for six people, easy-to-clean floors and chairs, lots of task lighting, and somewhere to put all the bills. What do you desire in a dining room? Softness, flashes of color, lots of greenery, natural light, and a sense of harmony with the kitchen
However, not everything can be done with a click of a button, and the best way to know what you want from a room is to live in it for at least a few months.
Learn about a room’s intricacies, such as how it feels over the seasons and how the light varies during the day. Knowing the space will assist you in determining what you want from it, which will result in a clear brief for you to begin with.
A simple, to-scale sketch of a room or zone is a great approach to make a floor plan and determine how much space you have for the main items.
It’s ideal for planning the area around a bed, as well as sofa arrangements and cupboard details.
If it looks good on paper, it will most likely look good in person, so don’t be hesitant to experiment with your floor plan to determine what works best for you.
Pendant with a killer This design contrasts with the general coverage (and relative invisibility) of the downlights, which was chosen for maximum visual effect.
begin at the very top
Ceilings and lighting, when properly planned, may truly transform a space.
A soft white ceiling with abundance of reflected light can create an ethereal atmosphere, but a somber grey ceiling with muted warm light can provide a sense of coziness and familiarity. Color and light have such an impact on a space that they set the tone for the rest of the house.
A space should have three distinct forms of lighting: task, accent, and general (albeit we can’t always get it right). You’ll want to overlay these three (or two if we’re being frugal) to give a room flair and charm.
In a kitchen, work lighting immediately over a benchtop, a fantastic (though not entirely practical) pendant light over the table for a bit of accent lighting, and a broad wash of downlights to gently brighten the entire room are all possibilities.
Having just one sort of lighting would be impracticable on its own, which is why a well-curated group can truly shine.
Wherever practical, use lots of task lighting (with dimmers if possible). Lamps, wall lights, spotlights, and anything else with a definite direction and intended purpose fall under this category.
Also, reduce the quantity of downlights you used to use, and keep in mind that Mother Nature is the queen bee when it comes to general lighting.
allow yourself to be carried away
The choice of furniture is an important part of the decorating process. It’s often the most expensive item within the house, because it determines how a space is orientated or laid out.
When choosing your pieces, keep this in mind since you want to generate flow and movement for the individuals who will be using the space.
Keep passageways for individuals to use within rooms. Also, avoid cramming your room with too many large things. Allowing yourself and your furnishings to breathe will result in a more attractive environment.
Plants are important. Living plants and natural fiber items can work together to soften a space.
Don’t overlook the impact of softness in a room. Natural wood floors, large glass windows, and handcrafted furniture are all beautiful, but they need to be balanced properly.
Cushions and throws have the potential to soften a space like nothing else, but remember that greenery and natural tones also have the ability to do so.
To really pull it all together, take your time choosing your cushions (searching for color, pattern, and texture relationships).
A rug can be quite useful.
The Dude in The Big Lebowski was correct all along: a rug has the ability to make or break a room.
That being said, predicting how a rug will look in your home is nearly difficult. I like to try things on before I buy them, and I always buy a rug that is too big.
Take a rug (or two) home and experiment with them to find what works best. To allow those elements to overlap, tuck a third of the rug beneath a bed or sofa, and keep your rug clear of any cupboards.
The rug that is too big This creates a separate zone within a place, making it feel more layered and unique.
A room devoid of art is a blank canvas, but it doesn’t have to cost you a generation’s worth of inheritance. A simple print or two, or a large canvas with some color, may make an otherwise drab room smile.’
I always employ proper scale in a room and invest in good framing. A giant image on a large wall, as well as a collection of smaller pieces in a smaller space, works well.
Clutter is the worst enemy of a space. We already have enough on our plates without having to cope with 18 candles in a living room or your extensive collection of snow globes from your days as a world citizen. Get rid of the clutter and reclaim your life.
When you’re stuck, follow the rules.
To establish cohesiveness, designers and decorators typically employ formulas or rules. There’s a method to our madness since we’re not all talented artists.
Balance, gradation, contrast, repetition, harmony, and unity are all governed by the laws, which we apply to the elements inside a home.
Applying them to your home’s elements (such as color, texture, tone, and size) will help you create rooms worthy of any magazine cover.