Top Ten Interior Design Tips | Interior Decorating Advice
Whether you’re buying a new home or you are redecorating a single room, we have some excellent interior design hacks and tips to allow you to tackle a task with ease. All, or at least most of the interior designers and architects we work with on a daily basis employee these interior design tricks to create multiple projects with minimal effort and cost comma but with fantastic effect – they are responsible for some of the most beautiful interiors in the country. Check out these clever tips and let us know if they work for you. No, really we want to hear from you so feel free to share your interior snaps with us via social media.
Styling your sofa with vintage cushions and family heirlooms alongside other contemporary pieces is great. Not only does this give you depth, but, as all good interior designers will tell you, the most important aspect of decorating your home is that it reflects who you are, your style and your individuality. here at Olson and Baker our furniture means so much to us, it’s rare that a light or sofa, lounge chair or bed doesn’t have an elaborate story, hopefully you’re interior is the same.
2. Use Mirrors For Light
Mirrors can be used to make a small space feel larger. anyone with a limited amount of natural daylight needs as many reflective pieces as possible to disperse more light.This is perfect for dark and larger rooms and any rooms that are generally small. However for small rooms in particular, the mirror obviously gives the illusion that the space extends beyond into the mirror or reflected image. Perhaps you’re thinking you don’t have space. Well a decorative mirror can be used to fill the space were you intend to hang a piece of art, or any empty wall.
Even rooms with plenty of natural daylight, style generously with reflective textures, will appear smaller if painted and darker tones. when dealing with compact spaces light coloured walls and large mirrors were possible who creates the illusion there is much more like pouring in and the room itself is much bigger.
Furniture with interchangeable upholstered covers are so underrated. removable covers are fantastic things and can serve as a means of changing your whole rooms look to reflect the seasons, trends or even a change of style when you fancy it. Not only this but if you are looking to change styles to suit potential (later) buyers or a rental property you can do so effortlessly.
5. Recycle and Reuse
Remember those old ornaments and trinkets packed up in the loft somewhere? An old shelving unit, an old clock etc… well you home need some accessories so before you browse you are gorgeous range, perhaps you should take a look around first and evaluate what you already have. take stock. trinkets, trunks, tables – look to these to not only organised, but add texture. Brass, wood, acrylic, silver all these materials are easily styled to perfection. Style using candles, a pile of books, or even a contemporary frame. Also, old plates can make wonderful wall art and, neat trick for art… take a page from an old book perhaps an illustrated children’s book or something, frame it and hang it, done. Seriously we think you’ll be amazed with what you can achieve with your old stuff.
Take a look at The A to Z of Design Tips – Swoonworthy It’s a great post and we’re avid followers of this fantastic blog. Swoonworthy’s design A to Zs are essential for anyone with a love of interiors. With something for everyone to learn from experienced designers to those that have never picked up a paint brush, it has everything you need to know before embarking on your next project.
We spend a lot of time in the kitchen whether we’re preparing meals or entertaining, kitchens are meant to be warm and the centerpiece of the whole house. The lifeblood of the family, where it all goes on… that’s why ceiling storage comes in handy. Keep your clutter organised with a hanging pot rack. Afterall kitchens are meant to feel as though they are being used and what does that better or what says that better in a hanging pot rack. It also adds a certain Parisian elegance to your kitchen interior.
7. Get Your Green On
Add a plant to every room in your house. Not only are they nice to look at, but many can clean the air in your space and work to keep the humidity balanced. No home should be without it’s greens! Plus, small or large, they’re inexpensive and in most cases so easy to look after.
From your fireplace to an old car-boot sale chair, re-painting will add an instant injection of colour and energy. Built-in bookcases are also great to paint! This is most probably one of the cheapest and simplest ways to transform your modern decor!
9. Small Storage
Small wooden boxes and baskets are a fantastic and elegant way to add storage and display piles of books. If you have small children they’re great for hiding away toys etc… Some easy places to pop these wonderful tools? Kitchen counters, under lounge side tables or coffee tables, under beds, in a corridor – go crazy!
Add warmth and personality to you mid century modern interior with hides, cushions and large, thick, woven rugs. Or, for something a little more contemporary, opt for viscose blends which capture the light beautifully. Above all, break up the long stretches of cold hardwood floor. Sometimes layering your rugs can have great effect and give depth to your interior.
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