Sunday, 14 June 2020

Design tips on how to get the best from your build


So you're at the stage where you can start to pick out soft furnishings for your beautiful home. People think the tough decisions are over, but I can tell you there are still a lot to be made!




Firstly, you need to decide what colour schemes you like. Do you have a lot of light coming into your home or do you need to add the illusion of light? Look at the layout of your room; what do you want to use the space for; how do you imagine living in the space. There are a lot of questions that you can ask yourself but where do you start?




Well some people suggest starting with the furniture, or the sofa at least. Pick a sofa that will suit your needs in a colour you like and one that will fit your room. This is your first piece. Be confident in your choice and be brave. I realise everything costs money and we don't have pots of that to waste but don't second guess yourself. You know what you like!



Instagram, Pinterest and even Facebook are excellent ways to get inspiration. There are loads of design ideas out there, you just need to be able to narrow it down to something you like. Your home is an extension of your personality and you need that to shine through. Don't worry about what 'Sandra' from down the street might think or what your best friend might say, they're not living there, you are!

Invest in classic pieces as these won't go out of fashion and can last a long time. They can always be moved around your home. Never be afraid to move something that you bought for a particular room as it could work just as well, or even better, in another. There is no right or wrong when designing and everyone's tastes are different. I like to pick out furniture and design my room around that, however you might prefer to do it another way. 




Get samples as these are a fantastic way to see what you like and what you don't. Have a budget in mind and stick to it. This won't limit your ability, but it might mean that you have to shop around a bit more. Don't be afraid to spend out on a statement piece as this is your design and you know what you want. 

There are a few elements to consider when talking about interior design and these are:

Space
Lines
Light,
Colour
Texture
Pattern

Take these elements and consider each one. This is an excellent starting point for ideas. Make a design board sampling all of the things you like. This is a great reference tool. 



There are some tips and interesting design ideas at: 





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