When it comes to interior design, start with the basics. According to Mr Black from [name of company here], “The basics of interior design fall under three categories; colour, storage and accessories.” So, that’s exactly where we’re going to start.
Colour: This should be your base point. Chose a colour scheme and run with it. If you’re not sure where to start, do a little research. You can find heaps of colour scheme ideas online that will help you avoid the ‘stick with cream and magnolia’ mantra. A good way to choose your colour scheme is to look at the size and shape of the space you are working with. For example, smaller rooms will really benefit from softer, lighter colours that give the illusion of more space, where with larger rooms, you can afford to look at feature wallpaper or bolder colours to have more of an impact on the feel of the room overall. Neutral colours are always a winner, but if you really want to make a statement, seek some advice and tips from interior design sites about what colours will work for you, and how you can compliment them throughout the room.
Storage: Don’t forget that your storage choices need to compliment your colour schemes and style. Quite often they can be an after-thought because they are seen as the more practical part of your room. But if your storage options aren’t considered as part of the overall feel of the room, they will stand out like a sore thumb. If you find the perfect shelving unit or wardrobe but it just doesn’t match the room as a whole, there are a couple of tricks you can put in place to make sure they fit perfectly: paint and wallpaper. Yep, it’s not just for walls. Don’t be afraid to consider painting or papering your shelving or storage units to match your scheme, or even to make a great statement piece that adds a little finesse to the final design. Also, get creative with your storage. Look for pieces that could be a stand-alone item in your room, but double-up as a storage unit – such as coffee tables with drawers, or pouffe seats that disguise box storage. There are many, stylish and modern options to choose from.
Accessories: Accessorising your room doesn’t have to come at the stage of the finishing touches. In fact, thinking about accessories from the beginning can really help you envision your final look. For example, think about mirrors. Mirrors are a great way to really open up a space and offer a lighter, more spacious look. What’s great about mirrors is that you can keep it as minimal and as subtle as you like, and it will still go with almost any design theme. Plus, there are also some amazingly designed mirrors that make great statement pieces. So, not only do they offer a practical element to the room, they can also add a really stylish look. Maybe you want a bold, patterned mirror above your fireplace, or perhaps you want a number of mirror panels to give more light to your hall or stairway. Whatever your design, mirrors should be an essential accessory. The next accessory we think you should consider early on is with adding a little greenery. Plants are a great way to add a freshness and give life to your room. Particularly in the more neutral spaces; adding a little green to the room will finish off the look beautifully.
And those are the three basics, so it’s time to get started. What will your dream interior look like?