Here at Edwards Family Homes we pride ourselves on building homes that bring as much comfort and joy as possible for their owners. However, a home is never complete until the interior design is done. 

It can feel a little overwhelming when beginning to think about how to get the interior design to make your place feel as you as possible, so we thought we’d put together a little ‘how-to’ guide to help ease your anxiety.

What do you like?

The first step is the most important and it may well be the hardest: To know what you like and want. This is particularly difficult if you have no experience in interior design or decorating. 

We suggest that the first thing to do is simply to notice:

Pick up a magazine, turn slowly through it and notice the things that catch your eye. It might simply be a colour, or even a certain shape. What catches your eye doesn’t matter so much as noticing what does. If it doesn’t make sense straight away don’t worry, keep a scrap journal and start collaging all the different things that catch your eye.

Next, when you find yourself in a café, or a friend’s house, do the same thing. Simply notice the things you are drawn to. Slowly and subtly you are building up a collection of imagery that will be invaluable when beginning to decorate your dream home.

If you do hire an interior designer, the activities you’ve done above will be an invaluable resource for them to work with. A good interior designer shouldn’t decorate your house for you but should consult with you all along the way to find what it is that you like. They should be able to translate all your ‘noticings’ into practical design solutions that will make your home seem uniquely yours.

Tips and tricks.

While the above is more of an approach to interior design, there are some simple tricks that might help you if you decide to have a go yourself without an interior designer.

Choose a consistent colour palette.

Maybe it’s the influence of IKEA, but there seems to be a misconception out there that to mix-and-match is a bad idea. This is not the case. However, that doesn’t mean that mixing and matching will always result in a pleasant aesthetic.

The key to making your particular mix-and-match work is by choosing a consistent colour palette. Painters know this. It almost doesn’t matter what goes together so long as the colours are somewhat harmonious. You could even consider having different themed rooms based on colour. 

Organising by colour is a great way to have all your unique – even if somewhat peculiar – bits-n-bobs making sense together.

Forget symmetry.

Somewhere a myth began that the most beautiful people in the world have perfectly symmetrical faces. There’s nothing to prove that this is true. When it comes to decorating a home it certainly isn’t.

If a space is too symmetrical it appears flat and boring. Rather than striving for symmetry, you should be searching for balance. This is not necessarily an easy thing to achieve and requires a lot of playing around. Don’t be afraid to mismatch furniture, and experiment with odd angles.

Artwork.

Buying art can be a terrifying experience because it can expose in us that we really don’t know whether something is good or not. If this is your experience, you’re not alone. However, artworks really do bring a sense of life to a home.

Rather than trying to consider whether a piece of art is ‘good’ or not, maybe you can think of it from the perspective of Picasso, who said

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

If a piece of art makes you feel relaxed or inspired or refreshed, then it’s probably a good way to go! If you’re lucky enough to have kids, putting some of their paintings into frames can create a really personal lively touch to your space.

Mirrors.

“It’s all smoke and mirrors” you hear some magicians say. Well, if you want to add a bit of magic to your house, try adding some. Mirrors give rooms a greater sense of space, and allow more light into your rooms. They are a fantastic and simple way to make a space feel more alive.

To sum up, the two main things to take away for interior design are:

  • Don’t be afraid to add your personal touch. This may require constant change as you learn what you like and what doesn’t work for you.
  • Have fun! If you’re enjoying the process the chances are your interior design will reflect the state of mood you were in when decorating!