A Few Concepts To Remember

Having a beautifully designed house can be an eye-catching display of your overall style and ideas. However, when it comes to adding your personal stamp on your home, having an interior designer is the way to go.

Now the definition for this term is quite simple, ‘the art or process of designing the interior decoration of a room or building’. However, there many different facets and components involved in turning your ideas, or even Pinterest boards, into reality. You may have certain thoughts on how to incorporate these ideas into your home, but they may clash with your existing design.

Before you think about colours, styles and mood boards, you need to think about how you live and if your interior design ideas respond and complement this. It’s great if that new piece of retro furniture matches your paint colour, but are you actually going to make use of it? The worst thing you can do is stuff your home full of your ideas but it isn’t reflective, or responsive, of how you live in your home.

Functionality

The word ‘functional’ may not sound terribly exciting, but it is an important part of successful interior design. This doesn’t just apply to actually making use of design pieces. It also refers to concepts. A functional concept can be seen in many different parts of the home, providing a sense of continuity throughout the house.

Harmony

Interior design can be a bit like fashion, as there are different trends every year and sometimes even every season. However, just like in fashion, it is important to have timeless pieces. In this case, it could be furniture, rugs and fixtures. If you just continue to follow a trend, you’ll be redecorating every year and not giving yourself a chance to appreciate and adapt to your new space.

Also, by having beautiful timeless pieces in every room, it creates a sense of harmony and ties the spaces together.

Details

Once your design is taking shape and you can see the finish line, it can become easy to go a bit overboard with the finishes. However, this is actually where you need to practice restraint. You may want every room to have its own personality, which is great, but you do need something to tie the home’s design together and provide a certain cohesiveness. Finishes and detailing can do just that, and you can use the same or similar finishes throughout your home. The key is to make sure that they’re of high quality. This will ensure that they have staying power, and that you can expect them to last for a while.

Focal point

You may think that a grand piano or a beautiful couch could be the focal point of a room, and it could be. However, lighting provides a great way to turn functionality and beauty into something eye-catching.

Whether it be general lighting, or feature lighting, it is extremely important. In addition to being obviously functional, it is essential in creating the desired ambience or atmosphere for certain living spaces, such as a formal dining area and even entertainment areas. Light fixtures are a great focal point for any room without you even being overly aware that it is.

Interior design is not just for homes. A commercial building or office also needs suitable and effective interior design elements to complement the existing building’s style. It may even use similar concepts, just perhaps on a larger scale. The finer details that interior design provides can take an office from a cold and impersonal space to something completely different, and even more conducive to productivity.

Whether you need the interior of your home or office designed, you cannot forget about the exterior. The outside landscape could offer a wealth of inspiration, allowing the interior design, style and architecture of your building to work in harmony with the surrounding outside area.

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