Buying a new home is exciting and decorating it even more so! But what do you do when you want your home to look professionally designed without spending money on an interior designer? One way is to flip through magazines or scroll through interior design websites and try to emulate what you find there. Another way is to learn a little bit about interior design. There are seven main principles of interior design that can help you make your home look beautiful and feel cozy.
Just like in a piece of art, you want all of the elements of a room to be balanced. For example, you don’t want furniture out of line with accent windows on your wall. You want a piece centered under it to draw the eye into the middle of the room. Additionally, cramming all of your furniture onto one side of the room and leaving the other open can make the space feel top-heavy. Try to arrange furniture around a central point and balance the colors the textures in each piece.
Think of your “statement” pieces. You want to use some of your fixtures or furniture to draw emphasis to one area or color in your room. This helps to make a room feel impactful without being overwhelming. You can use a chandelier over your dining table or a large hood vent in your kitchen for emphasis in those rooms.
Another way to balance a room and provide some subtle emphasis is with contrast. Think about complementary colors and how they’re starkly different from each other but blend so well on the same palette. You can even contrast materials, such as a shiny picture frame on a matte wall or a fluffy blanket on a sleek couch.
You want all of the pieces in a room to feel like they fit together, and size is a big factor in this. Have you ever visited someone’s home who had a massive couch but a very small coffee table? It made the table look even smaller and out of proportion with the rest of the room, didn’t it? Make sure your pieces all support each other by being the same size and style.
Don’t forget the details! Little things like a tuft of fabric on a blanket, a centerpiece on the dining table, or the delicate tiles of a backsplash can bring a whole room together.