Interior design, as portrayed in glossy magazines, can be a daunting and feel unachievable, but having a home that you love and that is functional doesn’t need to be picture perfect. There are lots of tips and tricks that interior designers use to plan, and execute a space. With a little planning and forethought, you can unleash your inner DIY stylist.
Work with what you have.
Before you start blowing your budget on lots of small purchases, think about what you already have. Could items from different rooms be swapped around? Try updating furniture with a coat of paint, or using it for a new purpose – a coffee table could be swapped and used as a bedside table, or a console could be repurposed as a laptop desk.
Before attempting remedy a unfunctional room with more décor, think about the existing layout of the space. Try rearranging the furniture into a series of configurations, or even better, measure your room and furniture and sketch different scenarios before you begin moving heavy furniture. Often a change of season may dictate a layout, the sofa might need moving to focus on a summer vista, or the armchairs might be better placed next to the fire in winter. If the main furniture can’t be moved, then think about adding smaller occasional pieces such as nesting tables instead of a large central coffee table, or wall mounted shelves instead of bedside tables.
Be your own interior stylist.
Take some time to research each time you update a feature. When replacing curtains, talk to curtain makers about the best window dressing, instead of just a knee jerk reaction to cover the windows, find out the most effective way to make a room feel larger by the way the curtains are hung. Finding out the tips and tricks of the trade, and using the resources at your fingertips, can help avoid costly mistakes
Change the lighting, hardware.
If you have moved into a new home, then the quickest way to update on a budget is to change the lighting and the hardware. Often a new kitchen or bathroom is out of budget, and if the kitchen layout works – then changing the handles can often give the space a modern update. Lighting is another quick solution to updating a home, changing dusty pendants and dated wall lights can instantly lift and modernise a space.
Embrace negative space and minimal design
While there is a tendency to throw homewares at every pocket of your home, it can be just as effective to hold fire on a wall or corner and just let it be empty. Not every wall needs a gallery of pictures, especially if you live in a small space, a bare wall can make a room feel larger, lighter and less cluttered. Investing is smart, well thought out pieces means they can take centre stage and not get lost in a clutter of forgettable purchases.