Interior decorating is an art and many homeowners simply can’t master it. For a cost, a professional interior decorator can come and decorate your home but many can’t afford that expense. With you in mind, here are some free interior decorating tips straight from the pros.
Invest in good craftsmanship
When decorating on a budget, it’s always better to have sparsely decorated room with items of excellent craftsmanship than a filled-out space of cheaply made furnishings. Consider purchasing hand-crafted items since there is a quality to them you just can’t get with mass-produced furnishings.
Take inspiration from everywhere
Always be on the lookout for things that inspire you that you might be able to incorporate into your interior design. Though inspiration might strike with a particular furnishing, it can also be more basic than that. It might be a striking mashup of colors or textures. You may not even be indoors at all when a genius interior decorating idea comes to your mind.
Don’t try to force a design theme
Work with the space that you have and don’t try to force a preconceived design idea into the space. Take a hard, long look at the room you’re decorating and think of the best ways to complement its architecture and layout.
Don’t shortchange the artwork
Most people spend the majority of their decorating budget and larger furniture like sofas, recliners, loveseats, and dining table sets. When everything’s said and done, there’s nothing left in the budget for high quality art. Don’t make art an afterthought. It brings together the whole look. Set aside a significant portion of your budget for high quality art. Better to have expensive art than expensive furniture.
Let your home design be intimate
Your home should be centered on the idea of human interaction. Seating should be arranged to foster communication between people. In today’s world of electronics and interruptions, this principle of interior design cannot be overstated.
Let there be light
A good home design requires plenty of light, both natural and artificial. User lighter, airier window treatments and go with a lighter color scheme. If you want some dark color, use it for the flooring to make the rest of the home look lighter than it really is. Layer your artificial lighting as well so you have as much or as little as you need for every occasion.
Don’t concern yourself with trends
Pay no attention to the magazine or online articles that tell you about current design trends. It’s your home and you should decorate it according to your tastes. Trends, by nature, are temporary and the look you want to go for is timeless.
Expensive doesn’t always mean good and vice versa
Cost can often be an indicator of high quality materials but it isn’t always. Don’t pay a premium for a brand name. Avoid over-priced items and look for quality instead. Sometimes it’s the least expensive upgrades that make the big difference. Small and inexpensive details such as cabinet hardware of snap-on baseboard radiators covers can complete the look and they don’t cost much.