The Top Twelve Rules of Interior Design
Decorating your house can be a minefield. In this complex world of colour, shape, and composition, here’s a lifeline for you to grasp in the depths of your design confusion: the top twelve rules of interior design.
1. Don’t over-do the detail
When you’re giving your house a fresh look, it can be tempting to cram in as many lovely things as you can: fight the temptation! Choose at least a loose theme to unite all your choices and always aim for the more minimalist end of the scale. You’ll probably find you need less than you thought.
2. Contrast, don’t clash
Old and new, bold and subdued, patterned and plain: ‘eclectic’ is very much ‘in’ at the moment. But make sure your choices are in-keeping with your vision for the room, and that the contrast is striking and pleasing, not eye-wateringly clashing.
3. Remember it’s for you
It’s easy to lose sight of the main reason for interior design: creating a space you can enjoy. Keep your personal tastes and preferences foremost (not just what the neighbours have done to their home) and you’ll end up getting years of pleasure from your décor.
4. Balance function and form
Those of us who love a beautiful and striking space are sometimes happy to sacrifice some functionality for great visual impact. But make sure to keep the two in balance; you do have to live there, remember.
5. Take your time
Changing your décor should be an organic process that evolves as you grow into the space and realise your likes and dislikes, as well as your practical needs. Don’t rush into purchases or radical changes as chances are, you’ll be stuck with them for at least a few years.
6. Don’t forget the ceilings
The most neglected surface in the room, ceilings are often overlooked. Make sure to include them in your plans.
7. Quality over quantity
It’s far better to save up for a few quality pieces than inundate your house with cheap tat. Quality shines through, and that low-cost lookalike will probably break within the month anyway.
8. Don’t push your furniture up against the walls
All the best interior designers are united behind this slightly odd rule. Having your furniture a few inches from the walls gives your room a cosy feel that pulls all the elements together to create a warm and welcoming space.
9. Be fearless
If you love it, you’ve thought about it, and you’re sure you’re going to love it in two years’ time, go for it! The best creative minds have the courage to go against the grain and dance to the beat of their own drums.
10. Use light and shadow
Well placed lighting is absolutely key for a room that’s comfortable and cosy instead of bleak and cold. Generally speaking, lamps are a safe bet for creating a well-lit but gentle tone that relaxes and soothes.
11. Decorate to suit your space
Don’t try and defy the intrinsic architecture of your rooms. Certain designs are suited to certain types and sizes of space. Work with these tendencies rather than against them, and you’ll end up with a harmonious and coherent effect.
12. Don’t forget to accessorise
Accessories are the finishing touch which can bring a room from drab to delicious. Choose carefully, highlighting and emphasising the elements you prefer, accenting the colour scheme and pulling together the elements of the room into a united whole.
For interior design that you’ll be loving for years to come, embrace your creativity, choose quality products carefully, and work with the space to transform your home into a relaxing place that brings you joy every day.