1. Define Your Personality
What do you want a room to feel like? Take a peek at your closet to assist you to figure out your personal style. Do you prefer fitted clothes or items that are more relaxed and comfortable? Do you have a preference for certain colors or patterns? Another technique to figure out your style is to come up with a list of keywords that describe how you want a room to feel. Are you looking for something traditional, formal, or elegant? Playful, amusing, and inviting? Monochrome, sleek, and contemporary?
Keep track of design inspirations in all aspects of your Guides4homeowners. When I’m hired to assist clients to design the interiors of their houses, I frequently use these as a beginning point for discussion. Recall a hotel or restaurant where you’ve stayed or dined that particularly piqued your interest. It could have been a minimalist setting from your vacation to Japan or a New York clubby bar with faded leather chairs.
2. Determine what you don’t like.
It is much easier for people to communicate their dissatisfaction. We can eliminate certain things and focus on others by factoring dislikes into the equation. A large-scale print, for example, can remind you of anything from your upbringing that you don’t want to see in your home. A wingback chair, on the other hand, can conjure up images of being sent to time-out for pulling your sister’s hair. Similarly, a certain color may remind you of a previous design trend that you don’t want to replicate. These experiences and reactions are deeply personal and unique, but they also shape our preferences.
3. Create a space that works for you.
Grant K. Gibson’s The Curated Home
The importance of space planning, which has an impact on scale, cannot be overstated. People frequently utilize furniture that is either too big or too tiny for the room. The large-scale furnishings that fill today’s rooms, I like to blame on a certain retail brand. Build your area around the furniture you actually have. Consider the balance of a room. Consider creating zones for different activities in larger rooms, such as a conversational seating area, a television viewing area, and a work space with a desk or table for crafts or games. Even though I appreciate symmetry, making everything symmetrical sometimes make things feel overly forced. To balance out a room, consider the visual weight and distribution. In any design, proportion and scale are crucial.
4. Take a Paint Sample
One of the most significant and cost-effective decisions you can make is which paint to choose. Proper paint selections bring areas together in a pleasing manner. Take a look at the house as a whole. If you paint one room at a time, you risk creating fragmented spaces. Consider how colors influence our mood. Colors may make individuals feel happy, tranquil, or angry. For a contrast against crisp white walls, I’ve been known to paint interior doors a strong black.
When considering possibilities, try out actual paint colors on your walls. Examine them in natural light, in the morning, and at night. A favorite hue that worked for one project may not work for another. What worked in your friend’s house may not work in yours. The paint store chips are a good place to start, but what appears beautiful on paper may not translate well into your home. Try a few different hues on the wall with white paints, paying great attention to the undertones. Pinks, blues, and yellows can be used as accent colors. The warmth of the light is heavily influenced by its surroundings. Green and blue reflections on your interior walls can be created by plants and the sky.
5. Use a combination of high and low price points
Pedigree doesn’t always imply superiority (whether it be art, furniture or dogs). Consider buying art or furniture from a “unknown” artist or designer based on shape, comfort, and how well the art or furniture fits your needs. The most insignificant objects in a room can have the greatest soul and be the most beautiful. Mixing high and low price points is not a bad idea. It is not necessary for everything to be valuable to be significant. Splurging on something you truly enjoy has the opposite effect.
Interior designer Grant K. Gibson created a unique metallic hood for this kitchen.
6. Begin at the beginning.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed by design. People frequently want to know where they should begin. I always recommend starting from the ground up when designing a room: Make a decision about the floor covering. It makes little difference whether you desire hardwood floors, area rugs, tile, stone, or wall-to-wall carpeting. The way additional things are layered in the space will be determined by how you think about your floor initially. You have more color and upholstery possibilities if you choose a neutral tone or natural fabric with little pattern or color. If you start with an antique rug, you may create a color palette by drawing colors from it. It’s critical to design these events in concert; otherwise, you’ll wind up with the circus effect, where there are too many activities going on and the room as a whole doesn’t work together. Starting with a sofa or upholstered chairs immediately limits your design. With dozens, if not hundreds, of options, something like an area rug provides additional freedom. This is where you may choose your options and begin layering items. Making your ultimate floor covering option first, then layering, is a lot easier strategy.
Last but not least, Gibson recommends individuals to take their time when it comes to home design. “These goods [and decisions] can survive for years if properly cared for,” Gibson suggests.