14th May 2018

4 steps to creating the foundation for your interior design plans

A home is a place for relaxation and comfort. It’s also a blank canvas to reflect character and personality. Whether you have a new home to put your stamp on or you want to breathe new life into a space, thoughtful interior design is essential to the best transformations.

Interior design isn’t just a case of filling your home with pieces you like or rapidly stocking up with cheap items. To truly make the most of your space, a considered approach to interior design and decoration is essential.

We’ve rounded up four initial steps to form the foundation of your interior design rules to live by. Take these ideas into your next project and you’re certain to bring those new ideas to life.

Establish your personal style

The world of interior design is influenced by a rich heritage of furniture designers, artists, cultural movements and global traditions, but one of the most fundamental aspects of it is how you translate your character and personality into your home. The most effective and enjoyable instances of interior design often strike the balance between being aesthetically pleasing and possessing true charm. Whether your interests include music, art, films or reading, they present the perfect opportunity to tap into your personal style.

Embrace simplicity

In the early stages, you’ll no doubt have broad, exciting ideas, but it’s often important to embrace simplicity and refrain from rushing into big decisions. Spend time working out your style, look into materials which will be sympathetic to the character of the space and ensure you get the basics right. Having this simple foundation will allow you to continually get a feel for the space and a feel for what’s missing. You can then develop your interior plans from this solid footing. Sometimes an entire overhaul isn’t necessary, and a thoughtful refresh is all that’s needed to make a lasting impact. For example, new kitchen cabinet doors and a new worktop will immediately lift the space. This can be one of the most effective ways of shifting styles, whether you draw from traditional or contemporary influence.

Approach everything with form and function in mind

Whilst having a home full of beautiful items may be an attractive proposition initially, the space must be must be livable first and foremost. This means that form and function need to be fundamental to interior design decisions, especially when it comes to important areas such as lighting and furniture. Ensuring the piece combines functionality with comfort and homeliness is the balance you should be on the lookout for. The holy grail you should be looking for is allowing character and charm to flourish without letting the functional aspects introduce a sterile ambience.

Use precise measurements

When decorating it’s easy to get carried away with ideas for the new sofa or that antique coffee table and overlook essential measurements. Even if you have completely fallen in love with a piece of furniture, you should measure your space precisely to gauge what it will look like in situ. A piece of furniture or large wall art which dominates and overshadows everything else in the room could turn out to be an expensive mistake. All furniture should be measured, and you should know the exact dimensions of your space. Having enough room to move around is crucial, whilst furniture can eat up a space that once looked expansive when it was empty! Measurements should also be considered for things like wall art, which is often most effective when set at eye level.

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