“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.”
When it comes to designing your own space (whether it be a kitchen, office, bedroom, living room, whatever it may be), it can help to understand the dynamics of décor to ensure that your task goes a lot more smoothly and turns out to be a fun journey to the finish line and not one that is any way overwhelming or stressful. Have you ever had a moment where that DIY project looked amazingly easy to do in your head, but once you began executing, you realized just how darn hard it really is? Imagine all those screws, fabrics, pillows, paintings to be hung, shelves, tables, you name it; and you just looking at it all wondering where to begin. Well, if you’ve ever found yourself in this oh so common place, then this is a must read. With 3 simple things to take into account, you’ll be able to better put those DIY moments to better use and with a lot less stress.
In Interior Design, there are three basic guidelines that all professional designers follow as a rule of thumb to creating the best space:
-Creating a Mood
Now, this may sound a bit foreign to you (and maybe not if Interior Design is already your thing). Either way, these three basic guidelines set the stage for the perfect home and room design ever! Taking a course in Interior Design may also be a great investment if you want to stay in the “know how” of what your designer is doing (if you chose to hire a professional instead) or a great way to get things done yourself, if you decide to do your own decorating as a DIY project as previously mentioned. For now, however, let’s break down the 3-simple must-dos.
Functionality, Functionality, and More Functionality
Design is more than just picking out a ton of your favorite things, colors, shapes, and sizes and then putting them together, in hopes that something beautiful happens. In fact, it is far more important to ensure that the room that is being designed works for you in every way possible. One way to do this is by creating a great “focal point” for that room. If you’re lucky, your room may already include a great statement piece such as a fireplace, amazing window(s), tiling, modern appliances, whatever it may be. If you’re not so lucky, no need to worry! You can still accomplish this by adding a beautiful colorful rug, chic table or chair, textured lighting, and other compelling accessories. Another thing to note about functionality is the lighting. Ensure that the lighting in that room works best for its function. Consider whether your room works better with a lamp or floor lamp, which creates a more intimate
lighting for reading, watching TV, catering to guests, etc.; or whether your room would be better off with recessed lights or floor spots to enhance room detail and grandeur texture. Lastly, let’s not forget about the way you’ll arrange the furniture in your room. Be sure to consider the size of the furniture, their placement, and of course the accent pieces of furniture that you will use to fill in any gaps or empty spaces to give a better use of the entire room itself, without being too cluttered or overly crowded.
Creating a mood is so IMPORTANT
Who knew that a room could express a mood as well? I thought that mood only applied to humans? Well, believe it or not, a room can convey a certain mood too, which is simply the overall feel that is expressed. The mood of the room is created based on the colors you choose to style with, the amount of texture that is present, pattern or use of several patterns, and accessories. Be sure to think about the type of feeling that you want drawn from your room when choosing the types of décor you want included. Go for warmer colors (such as yellow, mint green, light blues, light purples, etc.) and simpler patterns to express excitement and a relaxing feel. On the contrary, more complex patterns (such as floral, stripes, polka dots, etc.) can be used to create more in depth feeling and various moods wrapped in one. Keep in mind that the colors of your tiles, walls, flooring, and more also play a role in your room’s overall feel as well.
Exuding Harmony. And No, Harmony does not just exist in Music.
All aspects of a room should create Harmony. This seven letter word plays a very important role in designing your Interior, simply because it ties into functionality and mood. When adding accents and furniture to your room, keep in mind that nothing should feel un-needed or out of place. This means that you should always scale the size of the room to ensure that every space is utilized in the best way possible, ensure that the quality of every item matches (nothing looks cheaper than the other item, more expensive, contrary to the overall theme, vice versa), and that the colors are in the same “category” (works well together and does not seem scattered or random) to create great harmony.
All in all, designing your interior does not require a ton of money to make it happen or even a certified professional with years of experience under their belt, if you simply cannot afford this route or just want to give it a go yourself. All it requires is the understanding of the dynamics and basic of Interior Design, a keen eye for detail, the right tools to work with (and by tools, I mean décor) and a little bit of inspiration. The best part about doing it yourself is that you’ll gain a greater eye for design and décor in a brand new way and you’ll get an opportunity to experiment. So why not turn this into your very own DIY project as a way to showcase your knack for great colors and accessories? And while you’re at it, be sure to take a few before and afters so that you can see just how much of an awesome job you’ve done!
Happy Feng Shui!