Most of our homes are works in progress – budget and time are two big factors, but our own design knowledge can also be a constraint. Fortunately, these timeless home-decor tips will show you how to improve your own interior-design skills to create a home that truly reflects who you are.
Tip #1: More or Less
Having minimal décor in a space doesn’t necessarily make it overly minimalist. Rather, limiting decorative items can keep a room feeling calm and harmonious. For calm, breezy vibes without lacking in personality, stick to complementary colours while creating visual interest with textures and mixed materials from that same palette.
Tip #2: Art Vandelay Yay
No matter your age, the best time to start your art collection is right now. How do you pick the right art for you? Here’s the great news: There is no right or wrong when it comes to art. Browse everything from art galleries to thrift stores to your favourite artist’s online print shop. Pick pieces that call to you and fit within your budget. Over the years, your collection will start to tell the story of your life and your evolving tastes. No matter the style of your home, fresh home interior design includes art on the walls.
Tip #3: On the Out and Out
Clutter-free space is one of the quickest ways to make a room feel fresh and functional. Try your hand at the “one in, one out” method of decorating – for example, if you buy a set of hand-turned coffee mugs to display on your kitchen’s open shelving, the old set has to go. Not only does this narrow the field of what you spend money on, but it also makes sure you’re only keeping what you truly love and use.
Tip #4: Build Up the Bones
While there’s no denying that decorating a space is the fun part, making sure said space is structurally sound is truly the most important part. Fix the leaky roof, replace heat-leaking windows, and switch out the warped floors. Once these essential items are off your list, you can take your time to see what makes sense decor-wise and go at your own pace. It’s important to ensure the bones of your house are structurally sound before you invest in decor. Not doing so can mean incurring huge costs in the long run. After all, long-term damage to your house can not only hurt your home, but can also ruin design elements like wall paint, textiles, and decor.
Tip #5: The Art of Sitting
Large pieces of furniture (that is, appropriately large for your space) can help anchor a space. These pieces create the initial foundation for any decor scheme. So, when buying large furniture, invest in high-quality pieces with upholstery that is versatile enough for you to style off of for many years to come.
Tip #6: Colour Me Beautiful
When choosing paint colours for your home, skip the yearly and seasonal trends and go with your gut. After all, this is your space, so use the colours that make you happiest. Just remember this important tip: Keep it to one palette of complementary colours per room (as mentioned in Tip #1).
Tip #7: Three’s Company
If you’re a maximalist, you don’t have to worry about this tip. But for fans of sleek styles, clutter is the killer of clean, serene interior design. So how do we curb the urge to put up all the things without stripping our home of personality? Try sticking to groups of three – three frames, three objets d’art, three decorative books. This keeps displays contained and visually easy to digest.
Tip #8: Professional Mixologist
Never buy all your furniture and accessories from the same place. Fresh home interior design comes from mixing and matching different vintages and styles. Think modernist spaces with French antiques thrown in, or layering mid-century and authentic farmhouse furniture. After all, a perfectly designed house doesn’t look like a showroom – it looks like a home.
Tip #9: Never Be Bored
In the bedroom, invest in a neutral-coloured bed and headboard. When you feel like a style change, rather than replacing a whole bedroom suite, you need only switch up the pillows, sheets, throws, or rug.
Tip #10: Befriend Colour
While a neutral colour palette is touted as the go-to for making a home feel relaxing, bold colours absolutely belong when it comes to fresh home interior design. Whether it’s a dab of unexpected blue, a splash of butter yellow or a stroke of calming sea green, colour (when used sparingly and appropriately) has the power to enhance mood and bring a room to life.