How to think like an interior designer

For some of us the idea of interior design is an exciting one that gets our creative juices flowing while it can be much more of an intimidating affair for others. Regardless of whether you are looking forward to the prospect of decorating your home or not, it is always worthwhile taking some time out beforehand to read up on tips and advice, especially how an interior designer would go about decorating a similar space.

A talented interior designer should be able to create a room that has correct proportions, a flowing style and a balance. Ultimately they have to create something that is livable and tailored to the individuals needs. There is no point in creating the ultimate bachelor pad for a married man with two children.

When we looked at rooms that have been designed well we know they look good immediately and while you might think it is easy to break down how a designer created the look, this is often far from the truth. In order for you to create a home like an interior designer, you must first think like an interior designer. Here are a few tips to help you on your way to creating your ideal home.

Know Your Needs
A good interior designer will take the time to get to know their clients and their requirements before anything else is done. As you are likely to be decorating for yourself or your family, it is a good idea to create a mood board, be conscious of your likes and dislikes and create a master plan of how you would like the space to look.

It might seem silly to suggest you might not be too sure how you want decorate your home but you definitely don’t want to be rushing into any decisions too quickly. Ask yourself simple and important questions before jumping in.

Hard Decisions
When designing yourself it can be easy to leave any hard decisions to the last minute, this ensures there are no snags along the way up until one point. Doing so will likely cause the project to come to a halt. Therefore the best thing to do is make any integral or difficult decisions early on and this will allow you to go ahead with the project without coming across any difficulties. So know the basics of what you are going to design and set aside the smaller details till later on.

Be Experimental
Okay so whilst there is a pressure to get things right when decorating, this doesn’t mean that you can’t have a bit of fun and experiment with ideas. There is a lot more you can adjust than you might expect, from the types of curtain to the proportions and height of the room’s furniture. Sometimes rules are meant to be broken, for instance just because a room is relatively small doesn’t mean that you have to put smaller pieces of furniture in it. Why not select a larger piece of furniture than you might think to use, this can often create a sense of grandeur and style, whereas simply using small furniture can make a room feel small.