Looking for interior design ideas to bring life into your home? Miranda and Devon share 11 easy tips to bring life back into your home and revive your old look.
#1 – Make use of the “smalls”, to bring life to a room and to save money
Your furniture (sofa, armchairs, and furniture) should be kept simple. It allows you to add personality to your space by adding accent pieces such as pillows, rugs and art. You’ll eventually get bored of your “smalls” in a few years and want to replace them. Staple pieces should last between 10 and 20 years. It’s cheaper to replace your smaller pieces more often than your larger pieces. Rugs are considered smalls unless you choose a more costly investment rug.
#2 – Artwork doesn’t have to match the color or style of your room
Mixing different mediums of art in a room is a good idea. If you have an oil painting that is too large and heavy, and you want a space with more variety, you can add a black and-white abstract photograph or painting. You might also want to add something more sculptural if there is a lot of photography. Your art should be an accent to the space and not a design element.
#3 – Always, always, always, space plan first
Do not attempt to create a room by yourself. You will most likely end up buying a piece too small for your space because it was safer to do so when you shop. Make sure you have an aerial view of the space and measure every piece that will be in it. This will ensure that your space functions correctly and flows properly.
4: Make sure you have the right mix of texture, pattern, and color in your space.
The scale of the patterns and pieces in a room can make it feel “off”. They might be too big or too small for the space or lack texture. A velvety sofa and a leather armchair could create the perfect balance in texture. A nubby rug with all-leather upholstery could help achieve that balance and harmonious combination of textiles. A harmonious blend of texture, color, and pattern will create a pleasing space.
#5: Use lighting as art
Lighting can be used to create art, whether it’s a table lamp, floor lamp, or light fixture. This is a unique way of adding personality and texture to a space, without having to rely on a standard piece of art on the wall. You could place a stunning chandelier above a table that has nothing on it, and this will add art to the space.
#6: Mixing metals is a must
Multiple types of metals can make a space stand out. It doesn’t need to be so different that the space feels chaotic. However, if there is an easy flow between a dark metal and an antiqued bronze to a shiny Chrome, it can make the space feel more designed over time than if everything was all at once.
#7: Identify the form, function and purpose of a space before you start designing
What emotion are you trying to invoke from this space? Peaceful? Impactful? Is this space going to be useful? Is it a formal space for rare events or everyday living? The emotion will guide the design.
#8: Choose art that speaks to your soul and doesn’t just ‘go’ with your room
Your personality should be reflected in your art. If you feel a piece of art is a good fit for your personality, then use it.
#9: The rooms in your home should complement one another, but not necessarily match
This is an essential part of designing to make sure your space doesn’t feel sterile and uninviting. It is possible to have a smooth flow in your home, or every room should match the other. Your home will have a more natural flow, which will make it feel larger and more curated.
#10: The more chairs, the better
Personally, I believe that you can never have too many chairs in one space. You can have big, comfortable chairs or small antique chairs. Or a chair that is tucked away in a corner with a stack bookshelf. Are you a bathtub owner? Place a chair near it to hold your candles. You need a place in your bedroom where you can sit down and put your shoes on. A chair that is interesting and comfortable can be placed next to your nightstand.
#11: Keep the number of different types of flooring to a minimum
You want the spaces to flow well, even if you have a smaller house, so you should use the same flooring throughout. You will have a bigger home with a seamless flow from one room to the next. There will be places where you may need to use a different type of flooring, such as in bathrooms with bathtubs or showers, or other areas that are frequently wet.