Everyone wants a nice, beautiful and comfortable home. But not everyone is able to realize this. Some people have a natural eye for design, but there are actually many more people who have less feeling for it. People who do want to have a nice house, but simply are not able to create it on their own. Fortunately, thanks to the internet with handy platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram, we can nowadays gain a lot of home inspiration, but furnishing a complete house from inspiration photos and examples remains a considerable challenge. All interior advice, tips and ideas will therefore always be welcome. For these people we have drawn up a list of interior advice that you can always use, regardless of your type of home, your preference for interior style and your personal taste.
1. Determine your interior style
How do you want your interior to feel? Here’s a trick that can help you hone your interior style: take a look at your closet. Do you prefer a custom made cupboard or do you prefer loose and more comfortable objects? Are you attracted to certain colors or patterns? Another way to help you define your style is to think of keywords that define how you want a space to feel. Traditional, formal, elegant? Playful, humorous, inviting? Monochromatic, sleek, modern? Also consider a hotel where you have stayed or a restaurant where you have eaten, whose atmosphere and style really appeal to you.
2. Find out what you don’t like
It’s a lot easier for people to express what they don’t like. By naming things that you don’t like, we can eliminate some things and get to work in a more focused way. For example, if you can indicate that you don’t like busy patterns on the walls, colorful rugs, and an open wardrobe full of clothes, then you know you want a calm and relaxing interior. If you don’t like bare white walls, a sleek cast floor and high-gloss white furniture, then you prefer more tension.
3. Consider scale and proportion
These two design principles go hand in hand because both are related to size and shape. The relationship has to do with the relationship of one design element to another, or of one element to the whole. Scale is concerned with the size of one object in comparison to another. Very often people choose wrong product sizes in their home. Consider, for example, a sofa that is too large in a living room that is too small, or a lamp that is too large above the dining table, making the dining area actually seem very small.
Always take the measurements with you to the furniture stores . That way you always know whether or not something will fit.
4. Try out wall color
Paint selection is one of the most important and cost-effective decisions you can make. Correct paint choices harmoniously connect spaces. Consider the house as a whole. You risk creating disjointed rooms if you paint one room at a time. Consider how colors affect our mood. Some colors make people feel happy, calm, or even agitated. Take into account different times in a day. View it with natural light, the light in the morning, but also in the evening when it is dark. A certain wall color can be very nice in a dark room, while in another room it is a better idea to choose a different color.
5. Combine design with budget
Something more expensive does not always mean that it is better or more beautiful. Budget furniture and accessories can also be functional and decorative. If you have a very large budget and you are therefore able to buy only expensive furniture, it does not mean that you should. Sometimes it is much more fun to combine budget with design.
6. Start with the basics
Decorating a home can be overwhelming. That is why it is important to take the time to do it. Think carefully about and consider decisions. People often want to know where exactly to start. It is wise to start with the base, so the floor and the walls. Based on that, it is much easier to make other choices.
Move things regularly
Tired of your interior? Then change it! However, changes do not always have to cost something. You can also change your interior very easily by moving things. For example, move the sofa to the other side of the living room once. You will see that the whole space will feel very different. As if you have a new interior!
8. Don’t be afraid to try things out
Have a little faith in yourself. The biggest obstacle to overcome is to trust your instincts. Just try and try again if it doesn’t work. That way you get to know yourself and your style better. Most people also change based on trends and developments. That is why you will often find that your second home will never look the same as your first home, and that your third home will also look completely different.
9. Follow your heart
Always furnish your home with your heart. Don’t try to be something that you are not. So don’t follow a particular trend because you think your friends would like it – be true to yourself and follow your own style. The things you love will come together and work together because they are joined by your appreciation for them. Once you know what these inspiring pieces are, work from there to create an environment that shows them best of themselves – be it something as simple as a beloved book collection or something more startling like artwork or a statement of lighting.
10. Save for something beautiful
Some objects can be very expensive. If you don’t have the money for it doesn’t mean you can’t buy it. You can save for it. Save for that one beautiful velvet lounge sofa or the designer lamp you’ve been dreaming about for a long time. Once you have saved enough and can purchase, you will appreciate the object even more!
11. Be authentic with yourself
Be authentic with yourself when designing your home. First ask yourself how you live and judge your current space. Look at the items you currently have or want to add and determine why each piece is there. Every item in your home should be there for one of three reasons: you love it, it offers a specific function, or it has sentimental value. To keep your home authentic to you, it must be designed to reflect both your lifestyle and personal style. Keeping both aspects authentic to your true self will give you a space that you will love.
12. Space between the wall
Many people tend to put furniture against the wall. However, a room appears larger if you arrange the furniture more spaciously, even in a small apartment. Do not place the sofa or chairs against the wall, but keep a few centimeters free and place the cabinet perpendicular to the wall as a sort of divider.
13. Wait to buy
If you are moving or are at the start of a renovation, you are of course very enthusiastic. You would like to purchase all furniture and all accessories in advance right away. The best thing to do is wait. It is very important that you think carefully about which furniture and accessories you would like to have. Save the best for last so you know exactly what you need and what you want to add to your new interior.
14. Don’t save on lighting
The most common mistake is that the lamp is not big enough for the room. People often save on lamps, while they are very important. This is not only due to the fact that some spaces are not properly finished, because they lack a certain finishing touch, but lighting is simply very important. Functional and decorative!
Take your time
Don’t try to do everything at once. Your home should be layered over time. It will be less stressful for you. Prevent it from becoming a ‘must’ job, but make sure you enjoy it.
16. Create a focus point
A well-designed space always has one or more focal points, depending on its size. A focal point must be dominant to attract attention and be interesting enough to encourage the viewer to look further. Thus, a focal point must have a lasting impression, but must also be an integral part of the decoration connected through scale, style, color or theme. For example, a fireplace is a popular focal point.
17. Always take the architecture of the building into account
One of the biggest interior mistakes is to ignore the architecture of a space. That’s not to say you can’t be surprising – you can use modern furniture within a historic space, for example, but make sure the line shapes work in the period setting. The whole room must hang together. It can also be fun to accentuate architectural details in a home, as it makes the space visually appealing. Who says wall panels have to look old-fashioned?
18. Harmony and unity
Harmony and unity are very important principles in interior design. In interior design it is necessary to think of the house as a whole. Create flow from one room to the next by visually linking adjacent rooms using a common motif. Repeat a pattern or wear an accent color or other visual element from one room to another.
A common way to create unity is with a thoughtful use of color. Color schemes, in general, are a great way to harmonize a collection of spaces. For example, you can choose three or four colors and use them in different shades throughout the house.
19. Avoid impulse buying
We all sometimes make impulse purchases, but when preparing a room, it’s always best to plan it. Everywhere you come across nice and beautiful furniture and accessories, but it is of no use if it does not fit into your home or interior style. Then you try very hard to include it in your interior, but chances are that it will not fit in the end.
20. Don’t overdo it with themes
We all have a certain interior style or design era that we love, and when we are looking for an interior style for our own interiors, it is often this ‘look’ that we get inspired by. But a common mistake is to overdo it and create an overly themed space. Instead of being too literal, try to look for colors, artwork or furniture in the style you like and incorporate it into your interior with other objects. You still get the look and feel you like without it becoming a theme park.
21. No furniture sets if you don’t have to
When buying furniture for the living room, dining room or bedroom, it is easy to make the mistake of buying the whole matching set from one place. Sure, they all fit together and are in the same style, but it’s predictable and can lack personality. Plus, do you really want your home to look like a catalog window display?
The trick is to buy the bed, or large sofa you love, and personalize the look by selecting additional bedside tables or eye-catching single chairs in a pattern with fabric. This makes for an interesting look – and one that is yours.
22. Keep it tidy
We all have objects that we would like to display, either from our travels or just hobby collections. If you combine these objects with presents and all other new purchases, you can end up with a lot of junk that can easily take over a space. Not only does it get crowded visually, but it also makes small spaces feel even smaller.
If you have a lot of beloved items that you can’t part with, you can put a few away and switch them up over time – like an art galleries do with art. Your special pieces will look more important if they are not stuck and competing for space.
23. Not too symmetrical
As you probably know, symmetry is key when it comes to creating a sense of calm and order in a room. However, there is such a thing as too much symmetry, which can make a room look dull and feel static. That’s why you need to introduce a little bit of asymmetry here and there to spice things up a bit. For example, if your furniture is placed symmetrically, you might consider hanging wall art asymmetrically. Making a nice wall collage of frames is a better idea than two exactly the same frames next to each other. Of course, keep in mind that it goes just as bad, if not worse, overboard with asymmetry. Balance is the key to a beautifully and sensibly decorated room.
24. Don’t forget the corners
A common mistake that is often made is forgetting to fill the corners. Instead of leaving the corner empty, you can decorate them very nicely with a nice floor lamp, nice plants, an armchair, you name it.
25. Breaking advice
You always see some advice coming back. For example, it is often said that you should never use dark colors in small spaces, or that you should not use white if you have small children. Of course those advice are based on something, but sometimes you just have to do it. For example, we have seen really nice little apartments painted completely black.
The best interior advice is therefore to ignore all these advice!