For interior design, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but you can usually rely on some basic principles to get it right. True, your idea of a beautiful interior may not feel welcoming to the next person, but regardless of taste, available space or furniture, there are some simple ways to ensure that any room in a home is warm and welcoming for the people who use it the most.
'A house is much more than a mere shelter, it should lift us emotionally and spiritually. – John Saladino
Rooms have a rhythm and a flow.
Consider the flow of the home, and how people move from one room to the other. Create a journey along the route; this is possible in even the smallest spaces. For example, have you positioned the dining table so that its beautiful wood is shown to best advantage, and forgotten to ensure a clear run from kitchen to dining room?
Understand light and space.
Take the time to understand the space by spending time in rooms at every time of day. This will let you see how a room looks in different kinds of light. You'll notice how the light falls on furniture and the times of day when the feature chair or day bed might be in shadow or obscured. In the office, for example, take care that your desk is not positioned in morning or afternoon glare. Nothing replaces time and reflection, and this deep understanding of your interior will help you immensely when it comes to buying furniture.
Create visual patterns.
Visual patterns might include a repeating shape - embodied in a sofa, chair, table and cabinet - or a geometric pattern on your walls or soft furnishings. Designers talk about different types of symmetry and keeping these in mind will help you make good decisions:
• mirrored e.g. a dresser with an identical lamp on either side • informal (balanced but not mirrored) e.g. balance a feature dresser with a row of three chairs on the other side of the room • radial e.g. furniture and other design elements radiating out from a central focal point such as a central dining table
Use colour carefully.
The colours you choose for each room will create a mood or atmosphere. When choosing furniture, imagine the room in all its seasons. For example, a living room that seems invitingly warm in winter may feel too warm in summer. As you create your room, think about how you can transform your sofa, couch or other furniture with throws and cushions of different colours and textures as the seasons change.
Remember the details.
Small details - carefully chosen and executed - will connect each room and create the accent to your interior style. Whether in the intimacy of a bed room or the more public living room areas, small details of design and colour will complement your furniture choices. A personal touch is revealed in selection of lamps, cushions and ornaments, or even the decision to do away with these items altogether and aim for minimalism and clean lines.