6 Interior secrets for styling rookies

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Turning an empty space into a room that is an extension of your lifestyle is all part of the fun that comes with interior design. Whether you want to entertain, get away from the world – or both, transforming a space doesn’t have to be expensive and it certainly doesn’t have to be difficult. Whether it’s the layout of your furniture or the colours you use, there’s a few things worth bearing in mind when it comes to designing spaces that work for you.

1 – Don’t think pushing your furniture against the walls will create more space

In smaller spaces, you might think that pushing everything up against the walls will make the room feel bigger by creating more floor space, however this doesn’t make your space inviting or easy to live or entertain in. Keeping everything up against the edges means there isn’t much space between them and you’ll end up feeling cramped or crammed in. The fix for this is to balance everything by pulling furniture away from the walls, giving everything a little breathing room and making for a more balanced space.

2 – Think about how you can maximise the use of your space

This one’s more important in smaller homes, apartments or if you share a place, but consider how one room can double as another. For example, your dining room or lounge could be used as a child’s playroom. Or if your bedroom has the space you could add a couch to relax on or a desk to get work done on. If you’re a fan of curling up to watch a movie, maybe some blackout roller blinds are a worthy investment, but by thinking about your lifestyle when you’re planning, you won’t find yourself trying to fit things in later on.

3 – Add some of your personality to the room

If you have some cool ceramics, prints, crates or general objects lying about, feel free to let them breathe life into your home. Indoor plants are available in all shapes, sizes and levels of maintenance, and if you can’t find any decent prints in stores or online just get them printed yourself. Most printers or stationery stores can turn a high-quality photo, image or poster into the perfect wall-filler you can hang for personal use.

4 – Use colour, just don’t use all of them

Colour is perhaps the simplest way to create a mood in any room. This is most obvious and noticeable in a bare space where white walls feel sterile, but it’s important to think about which combination of colours will set the tone you’re after. Many designers use the principles of colour therapy when they plan interiors, and while bright colours are louder and darker tones are moodier, it’s worth noting that you can combine various shades that include lights and darks to build an overall ‘feel’.

A general rule of thumb is to use no more than 3-4 prominent colours, and don’t paint any feature walls until your furniture is in because it’s the easiest colour to change or swap out.

5 – Add texture

This one is similar to colour, but textures offer a variety in what you can feel and interact with. As previously mentioned, it’s important to only pick a few to keep everything from getting cluttered, such as a dominant texture on a duvet or your blinds and a contrasting texture on a cushion that compliments it. When it comes to blinds, we offer free samples that take the guess work out of planning. Take a look at our range today.

6 – Do your research

To find out what will work best in your home, it’s important to figure out what you like and how your own style may come across when you decorate your rooms. There is plenty of inspiration to be found online through blogs and social media, or by heading in to your local furniture store or picking up the right magazines. Take measurements so that you can be sure anything you buy will fit, but make sure you have some fun with it. Interior design doesn’t have to be difficult, and you’ll end up with the right outcome if you enjoy the process.

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