Some Interior Design Tips For Beginners

Have you ever looked at your interior design and wondered how you could improve it? Have you ever thought of doing it yourself, without hiring a professional interior designer? The following tips and advice may help you avoid some basic blunders.

Avoid vertical and horizontal stripe patterns
It's a basic rule of thumb that vertical stripes should never be used on walls because it makes the room look shorter and makes the height of the ceiling look lower. The same is true for horizontal stripes. Although vertical stripes are often used to delineate different sections of a space, they are best avoided in home interiors. A good interior designer will advise homeowners to use lighter colours and minimal designs (if any) for walls. Keep it simple, keep it light.

Avoid designs that darken rooms
Unless you have a highly specific design goal in mind to deliberately darken a room, avoid dark wall and ceiling colours. Also take into account natural light. How much natural light is the room receiving? Allow that light to travel into the room unimpeded. Natural light is the "final touch" to a room's design - it always adds extra beauty. It's also good for our health. Therefore, use colours that are light and reflect light softly back into the room (obviously avoid glaring textures).

Don't clutter the room with too much furniture
People can't decide on which furniture to put in a room, so they avoid the dilemma and put all their favourite furnishings in there. They forget that the space between furnishings is a part of the design! It's also practical. People need to be able to move around freely.

Develop a cohesive colour scheme for each room
Create an overall theme / coordinate a colour scheme for your house so that every single piece from room to room ties together and looks great as part of the whole.

In summary...
The bullet points above are just a few of the many interior design tips that can help you create an attractive home without spending too much of your hard-earned money. It may take some time to figure out what you should do and how you should go about it, but once you have the hang of it, you will be amazed at the effect.

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