Interior décor begins with inspiration
Set the tone for your interior space with colour
Your chosen colour palette has the power to create a specific atmosphere in a room. Colour theory is worth understanding, but there is no need to tone a whole room into one slice of the colour wheel. Remember that contrasting elements create a fantastic look. Don’t forget about how furniture materials such as woods, metals, and soft furnishings tie in together to introduce further depths of colour and texture. There’s an awful lot to keep in mind here. This is why an interior designer will often have an idea of what piece of furniture they are looking for to fit with the rest of the scheme. Even if it doesn’t yet exist!
Consider form and function
An angular glass coffee table may be the most beautiful thing that you’ve ever seen but it should be appropriate for the space, and a home shouldn’t look like a museum or the cover of a magazine! This balance of form and function is at the heart of authentic interior design. Remember that the point is to create a stylish room that supports comfortable living – not a piece for an art gallery! Function must lie behind most interior décor style concepts. For example, in order to create a minimalist look, there must be sufficient storage to keep things tidied away. Similarly, country house style relies on layers of soft furnishings that create warmth as well as an appearance of legacy.
Determine your budget
Obviously, costs must be a consideration. A budget need not be too rigid, but it is always worth setting boundaries and identifying which parts of your room need more generous spending. This high/low approach to interior design is a wonderful way to create a stunning space without breaking the bank. Interior designer expertise can really help here: not just when drawing up a budget, but when sourcing. Designers have trade contacts from whom they source supplies regularly, and know what is really worth spending on!
Sustainable and ethical interior design pieces
A reliable way to source furniture and décor that is both beautiful, sustainable and functional is to shop amongst vintage, pre-loved and antique. These classic pieces are products of great craftsmanship and are often built to last. Antique markets are a fantastic way to treasure hunt. Or for a contemporary twist, browse the upcycled, reclaimed and repurposed pieces through suppliers such as Retrouvius. You can even give a new lease of life to your own furniture with fresh upholstery and contemporary paint finishes.
Personal features that reflect your style
Remember that your home should be about you and your family. There really is no substitute for art, furniture, or accessories that have been collected through your life. This is why bookcases are always so effective as a room design feature; they tell your story. As an interior designer, I prioritise getting to know my clients so that I can source unique pieces that suit them and their home. These become the signature pieces that create a ‘wow’ factor.
When you build up your own perfect interior décor style, remember to base it on a practical foundation that supports how you live. Then begin to layer concepts, colours and shapes based on your taste and preference. This approach will help you to create a space that both reflects your life and also fits your lifestyle.
Create your perfectly imperfect interior
Whether you’re looking to completely redesign your home or just add some interesting touches, there are many ways to update your interior décor. And contacting Ana is a perfect start to creating an interior space you’ll love to spend time in.