Interior Design Ideas
Whether you’ve just moved or are looking for a quick, little home pick-me-up, or perhaps something more significant, there are some well-known interior design tricks that designers employ that you too can easily do with minimal effort and cost. Sometimes the smallest things make the greatest impact. It could be the addition of a mirror, a painting, a lamp or even a plant. Maybe you want to soften your walls, brighten a room, or add some warmth to your living space. Take a look at these clever design tips and see how they can inspire you!
1. Add layers of lighting
In this kitchen seating area, the backsplash is lit, the artwork is highlighted and the cabinet interiors are filled with light. One central lighting fixture would not have had nearly the same dramatic result.
Professionals build layers of lighting to create interest, intrigue and variety. In a room where everything is lit evenly, nothing stands out. Pick a focal point and perhaps a secondary focal point and highlight those. Add general ambient lighting and some lower lighting, like table lamps, for interest.
2. Paint smaller rooms in softer, lighter colors to help make the room feel larger
The living room above is a great example of how to maximize a small living space. A room of this size has the tendency to seem cramped, but the large windows, light colored walls and ample use of mirrors not only reflect the natural light pouring in from the doors and the windows but the use of mirrors also gives the optical illusion of space, making the room seem larger than it actually is. Conversely, darker colors will make a room feel smaller. Even with the abundance of natural light and the strategic placement of the mirrors, this room in a darker shade would have a more boxed-in feel to it.
3. Use decorative mirrors to add instant light to your living space
As seen above, mirrors can also be used to make a small space feel larger. For larger rooms, or any room with a more limited amount of natural light, mirrors placed directly across from the windows, will add instant light. Decorative mirrors can also be used in lieu of art to fill empty wall space. Large or small, mirrors add light and dimension to your living space.
4. Paint Only Half The Wall
Half of the wall means half of the time, right? Here, gray creeps up to the middle while the rest remains white, creating a subtle, yet super stylist statement.
5. Hang An Interior Curtain
A linen curtain runs on a track spanning the room that can be pulled “to conceal” the mess of preparation” in kitchen.
6. Float Art on a Bookshelf
Hang Float Art randomly on bookshelf seems a bit “ridiculous,” but fun — plus it adds interesting texture when placed in a spot you don’t usually see paintings hanging.
7. Mix-and-Match Chairs
Swap out your formal chairs (in this case, bright blue and green ones) for a few rustic metal ones. It creates a more casual atmosphere in the dining room.
8. Put an Antique in The Bathroom
It creates a feeling of authentic to the period of the house, but also clean and modern.
9. Use what you already have to decorate
We all have items in our possession, probably packed up in boxes somewhere and haven’t given them a second glance. Your home needs some accessories. Instead of running to the store, take a good look at what you already have. Trays, wooden, acrylic, metal or silver can be placed on top of luggage racks, tea carts, trunks, bedside tables and coffee tables for extra texture and dimension. Arrange candles on them, frames or pile books on top of them. Plates can be hung to create wonderful wall art. Art from children’s books can be framed and hung in nurseries, children’s rooms or their bathrooms. You will be amazed at what you can do with what you already have!
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