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Tips to Make You a Master At Interior Design

You’ve fallen in love with a space, and you’d like to make it your own. Fitting out the space can be overwhelming, and hiring someone to help you out can be really expensive. With an overwhelming amount of options, how do you piece together everything to make it work?

Here are some helpful guidelines that will aid you in deciding what to put where and how to decorate your home with style and ease!

Step 1: Gather inspiration

First things first, create a mood board. Piece together some inspiration from lifestyle magazines and blogs and cultivate your favourite styles, colours and materials. This will help you when you start looking for pieces, as you will have a good idea of what styles you are looking for. Keep everything in one place – a folder, a vision board, a computer file, so it’s easy to refer to.

Step 2: Refine a list of pieces you need

Once you have created and confirmed your personal aesthetic, look to what you already have and see if it fits within your requirements. You don’t have to approach redecorating with an ‘out with the old, in with the new’ mindset. Mixing period styles can add to the character of your home, but you need to be careful that they don’t clash or become overpowering. You can go down the path of having old furniture recovered and tables re-stained so that your old pieces align with the colours and textures you’d like to see throughout your home. Furthermore, make sure you write your ultimate wish list of pieces– disregard prices and research your favourite furniture websites. Select the pieces you love the most, so that when you get to budgeting, you are aware of exactly what you’re looking for. Replica pieces are available virtually everywhere these days, you just have to scour the internet.

Step 3: Lifestyle choices

It’s really important to consider your lifestyle when making interior design decisions. Do you have a family or are you planning to have one? If you host parties, look for an open plan style with pieces that are easy to move around. If you spend a lot of time in the living area, comfort is going to be key. Reflect on your lifestyle and revolve your planning around it. Ask yourself a series of questions so you are aware of your design requirements.

Step 4: Budget

The big B... crucial to the planning of your home. Once you have refined a list of everything you need and want, and have a strong, clear idea of the direction you want to take your decorating in, it’s time to budget. Start off with a figure you are comfortable spending and assign dollar figures. Put all your furniture pieces into a spreadsheet with the prices beside them. What do you want to spend the most on – and what can you cut? These are important questions. Remember to budget at least 20% for unplanned issues such as delivery costs, taxes and other fees that can be encountered along the way.

Step 5: Begin

Start decorating! Start with the big pieces first. The necessities. Sofas, tables, rugs – all the pieces that are vital to the functionality of a room. Pick one ‘investment piece’ per room, a piece that will make the room or bring it to life. This can be art or a beautiful rug. Statement pieces are a display of your personality; so don’t be afraid to be bold. Then dress your room around this piece. As you progress, you can slowly add small accessory layers. Books, vases and trays are accessories that should not be ‘space fillers’ but rather practical pieces that will help to make your space feel lived in. Collecting trinkets and small pieces slowly will leave you with a beautiful home that you will love showing off, but more importantly, will love living in. 

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