Quick Interior Design Tips

Interior design is more important than most people give it credit for. After all, as my last article suggests, interior design can seriously affect your mood and the mood of others that are in your space with you.


Unfortunately, there is no 100% accurate rulebook when it comes to subjects like these. The fact is, interior design is just too subjective and really relies on other people’s tastes not just the designer. This means even a brilliant interior designer with all her research and competence might still produce something that is arguably “bad” in the customer’s viewpoint.


All that being said, there are a few actions we can take to make sure the interior design of our homes are at the top notch level and offers us the best value no matter our subjective experience when it comes to the beauty of our homes.


1 – Enjoy the Open Spaces


Less is often more when it comes to beauty, elegance and sophistication. Instead of filling your room up with bargain finds, focus on minimalism. By doing this you will open up space and the ease of maneuvering will for one be a great benefit but also by opening up space there will be less furniture and items competing for space.


Thus making your stellar pieces really stand out.


Plus, it saves you money while also adding more class to your room than if you had filled it with a bunch of random stuff.


2 – Move In Before You Paint


Tons of homebuyers are looking at paint every day for their home. They think it will be easier to just paint it now before they put all the furniture in there. While this is true for the most part, you also run into some serious design danger by doing it this way.


Paint is a curious beast. It looks so different depending on the lighting and the situation it is in. That is why it is sometimes good see what a living room will look like with all the furniture in before making that often costly decision of painting the walls.


While doing it this way is a hassle, it is a lot less of a hassle than having to buy the paint twice and do the work twice if you end up with a less than appealing color.


3 –  Artwork at Eye Level


It is fairly common for people to want to put their artwork in the middle of the wall as relative from floor to ceiling. This can be problematic though from an aesthetics point of view. For example in a vaulted ceiling situation, the painting might be way high up and really cause some dysfunction in the room.


It is better to keep the painting at eye level as to best benefit the viewer, after all paintings should be hung to a human scale not to the scale of a room.


4. Keep your floors clean

For some folks this will be so common-sense that you’ll wonder why we’re including it, but having nice, clean floors is essential to the look of a room. As homeowners who live in the space day in and day out, we don’t always know just how big an impact this makes. If you clean nothing else, one author writes, clean your floors. This could be as simple as running the broom or vacuum through the room, but once or twice a year, you should really hire a professional carpet cleaning service and have them deep clean your entire living space. Many places offer specials, and will take care of your wood, vinyl, and tile, as well as carpets. This is really worth it every spring and fall. Between cleanings, teach the kids to use the vacuum and a mop, and add it to their responsibilities at LEAST once per week, so as to ensure a fresh appearance for your home year-round without adding more work to your own load.


Combine these tips altogether and you will have done yourself some good interior design favors and be well on your way to a rockin’ place.

More Tips for Interiors

Are you excited? Today we include the last portion of our interior design tips. These tips work whether you own a house or rent an apartment (or are really nice and decide to plan the entirety of the interior design for a friend or family member). The most important thing is you take these tips, take this knowledge you are getting and proactively create and implement something with it!


Most people already have the knowledge, but they often fail to implement the things they know.


Do not be this person!


Otherwise it might take you years to get the dream room that you have been desiring for so long. No reason that needs to be you.


Anyhow, now since I got my little personal development rant over, how about we dive deeper into interior design with some closing tips that are sure to round out the entirety of your home? Are you ready? I know I am.


So let us dive into it in our last and final installment here!


Add Varied Lighting


Having different lighting really creates different tones. For example adding light to a focal piece while keeping the rest of the room a dash dimmer will make the boldness of the focal point really stand out in a big way. If you cannot afford installing various lighting equipment and setups around your house though, you can also achieve similar effects by using lamplight instead of over the head lighting that often exists with central lighting.


One great thing about lamp lighting is it can give you a very intimate feeling around your house and really changes the mood. Perfect for those cozy nights watching movie, or for those productive twilight’s as you pen out and type away a new novel lit briefly by the lamp beaming bold at your side.


Use Different Modes of Scale


Just because a piece looks dramatic and awesome on the showroom floor, does not mean it will look dramatic and awesome in your home. While other factors go into this (such as painting, lighting etc.), one thing to pay attention to is the modes of scale that revolve around the piece.


When buying a piece, ask yourself if you will need to add something else to it to make up for its lack of size. And by the way if you decide to some elements to your decorations such as some sand dollars, it is better to have an uneven number of them rather than an even number. So instead of 4 sand dollars, have 5, they will be more visually appealing the way you can set them up and will create a much cooler effect.


Scale and proportion is something not many interior designers (or would be interior designers as it would be) ever really think about and it is something they definitely should. Now with this entire interior design series complete though… you have no excuses! The world is your oyster, so go decorate it!


Sight Lines and Focal Points

We are on a roll for our interior design tips series. If you have yet to check out the other articles, make sure you do. In our first article we talked about painting conventions and in our second article we dived deep into the parlance of rugs, and now we are going to keep moving on.


By the end of this series you will likely know more about interior design than about 80% of people.


Which, is awesome, because interior design is a fantastic skill to have!


Alright, so today in our article we are going to bring up sight lines and focal points. What are they you ask? Well, I’m so glad you asked… keep reading buddy!


1 – Sight Lines


Sight lines help feel like they are being “drawn” into a room. This is a great experience to have set up because it makes your entire home feel like it is flowing rather than static, dynamic rather than unresponsive. How sight lines work is the focal point is typically set up on the opposite of the room’s entrance. This way right upon entering, the wanderer will feel pulled deeper into the design, the mood and the feng shui of the room. This trick was used famously in the office of a dentist in Santa Rosa, California, but it works well in any setting, particularly a home environment.


This could be accomplished for example using an intriguing painting on the opposite wall to a house’s entrance. Or a myriad of other sight line possibilities. The choice is obviously and really just up to you on how you want to use this very cool technique.


2 – Focal Points


In every movie there is the leading star, in every story there is the main character whose plot is buoyed by the interests of the supporting players. In room and interior design, the focal point could be considered the hero of the story and what that hero tells and what that hero’s story is will be largely left up to you.


A focal point is a dramatic piece. This could be an intriguing piece of art, a very strange or incredibly luxurious piece of furniture, or it could be a multitude of other things. The point here is that not every piece of furniture in your room should be dramatic. In fact you might be better off with more neutral pieces to avoid creating too much noise.


When you have a ton of dramatic pieces, the fact that they are dramatic is ruled out by there simply being too many other pieces that are dramatic. Instead, go back to the less is more mantra I keep preaching. Focus on having one really solid, awesome piece you absolutely love to death and make that into your focal point.


Once you find a good focal point piece, try to align the focal point piece to also become a sight line. This one two hit punch is super effective for bringing together an entire “feeling” to the design of your home and can really bolster the mood you are looking to create.



More Interior Design Tips

Interior design is endless in what can be done and the potential that can be achieved. That is why I wanted to continue this series on interior design and really lay out even more tips for that person looking to make their homes great and to make their homes individualized to their particular tastes. This can be done really simply and easily, unlike remodeling or building a room addition onto your home, major projects that would require you hire a general contractor. Decorating is something anyone can do, on virtually any budget.


In the last article we talked about things like painting after you put your furnture in, in this article we are going to get a little bit more intimate and discuss what kind of things you should actually put into your living room.


Sounds exciting? Good. Because it is. For the both of us.


Remember please, that every suggestion here is ultimately a suggestion. After all, beauty is forever in the eye of the beholder and an even highly successful interior designer cannot design something of perfect beauty for everyone because of these very varied tastes that people have and enjoy.


That being said, let us dive in and see what new tips I have for you today!


1 – Kill the Themes…


People love themes. Hey, I love themes too. What I dislike about themes is that the ones people use are often cliches that are used over and over again like the Cape Cod theme with all of its nautical wonder. You can achieve the same beach feel without having to just copy and paste the Cape Cod Conundrum.


Sometimes making a room too thematic is also going to provide a feeling of trying too hard and over exerting a singular idea. In other words, it very much has the effect of minimal returns on investment as you keep adding to the theme.


As in my last my last article, less is more. Really decide on what you want and just add a few elements that can really accentuate the theme you are desiring.


2 –  Rugs On! I mean Off! Okay, Partially On.


Rugs are an awesome design element for any room. When it comes to rug selection, you obviously should choose a color that complements the rest of the room. Make sure to check out the blog post I did recently on the subject of colors and moods for more information on that.


However, that being said, there is more to rugs than just their color and style. And that is… rug placement.


There is basically three ways to really place a rug in your home. You can place it where all the furniture legs are on the rug to provide a more luxurious feel. Or you can place the rug where none of the furniture is touching it, which is usually best in smaller spaces but make sure it is not too small of a rug otherwise it will diminish the style of the rug’s effect on the room. The third option of course is having all the furniture’s front legs on the rug, which offers a nice feeling of openness to the room.


All in all.. rugs are awesome and you should definitely be using them in the design of your home!


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Benefits of Interior Design

Your house speaks volumes about you. Seriously. Interior design is more than just aesthetics, more than just matching throw pillows with a couch or throwing the right throw blanket over a microfiber recliner. While aesthetics like these matter to our eyes visually, they can also have a serious affect on our minds, our moods and in some ways even our productivity.


If you are wondering why you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious or in general unsatisfied, there might be a small chance that the interior design of your house or apartment are the culprits. You see, how we decorate the insides of our homes can often affect what we feel on the insides of ourselves.


One of the biggest ways you can affect the mood of your place, and the mood you are actually feeling, is color. It should be no surprise here. Color is literally what colors our lives after all. So it would make sense that it might have a profound effect on our psyche as well.


What do the various colors do?


Well, marketing experts, psychologists and interior designers are often debating this principle and this is often debated by the rise and fall of various design trends of “what’s in” and “what’s not”. However, there is a common ground between the three professionals and that is where more of the truth lies.

Whether you’re choosing a paint color, picking out pillows, buying bed linens, or even just getting dressed in the morning, the following guide will do wonders when implemented correctly.

Let us dive into it, shall we?


Red – Always a symbol of power and a symbol of passion, red can be used to create a more intimate environment.


Orange – A personal favorite that symbolizes innovation. It is like getting injected with energy. That being said, use this color carefully as too much can overwhelm the senses.


Yellow – Best when covered in lots of natural light and neutral colors in the room, yellow can be seen as a color that can bring happiness to people. For a peaceful study with bright big windows, yellow is a fantastic color.


Green – Perfect for an entrance hall as it soothes people from the transition of outside and into your home.


Purple – Once a color restricted only for emperors and kings due to the difficulty of making it, purple is now often used in master bedrooms or formal living rooms as a way of accentuating a feeling of luxurious sophistication


Blue: This color is fantastic for bathrooms and kitchens because it give us the feeling that everything is fresh.


Gray: Perfect for home offices. This color offers serenity for most of us.


Brown: There is a reason most living rooms feature a brown couch. It is a relaxing tone and so it makes it an ideal fit for areas where people gather to talk with each other.


Black: Similar to red, black offers a symbolism of power. While not great for turning a whole room into a black theme, it is great for drawing attention to certain pieces as an accent.


White: White offers cleanliness. Too much though can leave the room feeling too stiff and too clean if you know what I mean, so make sure other colors are accenting the white.


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