• Charlotte Nichole

A Practical Guide To Interior Decor

Usually, the next thing after moving into a new home is to decorate it to meet personal styles, and this is quite common among first-time home buyers. Interior decoration is an expert field, and you may not be able to achieve the desired look if you don't learn the basics. While you have the option to choose from the about 20,000 interior decorators in the UK, you can learn the ropes. Below are some suggestions you can try out in your home interior decoration.

  1. Plan around the furniture

Apart from the aesthetics of well-done interior decoration, the ultimate aim is to improve function. This is why in planning around the furniture, you will find it helpful to take certain details into consideration. For example, if the design layout is to have your sofas arranged with a coffee table as the focal point, a reasonable distance is required. According to interior decorators, a space measuring 45 centimetres between sofas and coffee table is ideal. Too little makes the room appear cramped. Too far off, and it affects the focal point you originally wanted to create.

In choosing a living room coffee table, it is advisable to go for something that doesn’t overpower your design theme. You can ensure this by using a coffee table with complementing proportions to the sofa. About two-thirds the length of the sofa is usually recommended. There will be a mismatch when your sofas are petite, and the coffee table is unusually large. You can visit a furniture shop to see what options are available and also seek expert opinions.

  1. Create the illusion of height

This is an excellent technique to use if you have low ceilings, which often make a room appear shorter and smaller. In effect, it can hinder the general appeal of the interior. Fortunately, you can create a height illusion with tall and slim bookshelves, raised curtain rods and high curtains. The strategic positioning of these furniture and décor items automatically draws the eye upwards.

However, remember not to overuse this technique in a single area because it can take away from the appeal you originally wanted to create. The trick is to add a bit of contrast to enhance the effect. A more subtle approach is to paint the walls and ceiling the same colour. By blurring out the lines and divisions between these two, you create a seamless surface area that mimics height.

  1. Adopt a rhythmic design approach

In interior decoration, creating rhythm refers to using repetition to complete the desired look. This means repeating style elements but in a subtle way. It can be the use of patterns, shades, textures and anything else that adds to the interior décor. As you create rhythm in your interior design, remember to use slight variations that still complement each other. It is worth noting that variations enhance the individuality of your décor items.

Interior decoration is one way to make your space more comfortable for yourself. These tips are a few to get started with.