A stunningly designed interior must not only function well but also create a mood or a feeling and show off the personality of people who live in there. It’s attention to these three significant factors – function, mood, and personality – that ascertain decorating success.
Before deciding to re-paint your walls and rearrange the rooms, spend some time to think about your family and the way you live. Consider the key principles of interior design in order to make your house more beautiful and full of inspiration. Here are some principles of interior design that you should pay attention to.
Decorating is more than just eye pleasing – it is creating rooms that really work for you. The following are how to do it:
- The focal point: some rooms may have their natural focal points (leads the eyes to travel immediately upon entering a room). For instance, a fireplace, a bay window with a panorama, or a built-in bookcase. If your room doesn’t have a natural focal point, create one with a dynamic object of art or a colorful rug area.
- The furniture: consider whether the furniture satisfies the functions as you’ve planned before. If a piece doesn’t work right or if it’s too big or too small for your room, you’d better get rid of it or trade it for something else around the house that may work more appropriately.
- The lighting: lighting must be selected for its function as well as its eye appeal. Every task will need either direct lighting from a lamp or indirect one that will simply brighten the room while gathering.
The mood of a room is built by the choice of colors, the style of furnishings, the amount of texture and pattern, and accessories you choose. Here are some factors you need to think about when setting a mood:
- The inspiration piece: the easiest way to decorate a room is to start with some inspiration source. You can begin with a decorative pillow, a favorite scarf, or even a magazine photo. Opt your inspiration piece wisely, and make sure it comforts you every time you look at it.
- Theme: analyze your inspiration piece and make a theme name for it. For example, a needlepoint pillow with a botanical decoration on a black background may lead to a title like “formal botanical garden”.
- Color cues: colors must support the theme. Commonly, it’s best to select three colors in a room; a dominant color for walls, rugs, and fabric background; a secondary color for fabrics and accessories; and an accent color to give energy and excitement to the room.
- Patterns: consider the patterns you use for rooms such as stripes, checks, or floral to support the theme.
- Textures: use some textures to make the room interesting. Too many smooth, shiny pieces or too much nubby will look boring.
- Accessorizing: pictures, vases, pillows, and carpeting are all integral parts that support a great design. Generally, accessories must support your theme, but you can allow more flexibility such as placing an antique picture frame on the wall.
- Whimsy: this is optional for your design scheme, but it can counteract any sterile quality that follows a strict guidelines. A country sitting room may get some relief from a playful quilt put over the fireplace.
- The unexpected: you can place something unexpected in a room, such as a brightly-painted ceiling.
So, how would you decorate your room?