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How to Make Your Home Look Like You Hired an Interior Designer

In order to complete your home’s interior design, you have two options: either hire an interior designer or use DIY home decoration ideas.

Yes, it is possible to make your home look like you hired an interior designer. It just takes a bit of determination and creativity to pull it off.

Here are 10 tips on how to spruce up your home interior by yourself, even with a small budget.

Start with a plan.

Even professional interior designers do this, so why won’t you? After browsing the internet or going through the pages of a magazine for some inspiration, you might be tempted to immediately proceed with the project. But no, you shouldn’t. Before getting into the details like choosing the materials, buying the specific furnishings or home accessories, you should first have a clear idea of the home design you want. Think carefully of the size of your home and the overall design or style that you like. Do you want a contemporary home? What about a Victorian home? Or a country home perhaps? Don’t just picture it in your mind. Make a sketch! You don’t have to be an artist to create a layout for your home design project. If you prefer putting up a pinboard, go and do it! As long as you are able to picture out your dream home interior, you’re good to go.

Get rid of unwanted stuff.

The basic act of decluttering is a fantastic way of beautifying your home. Before starting with your project, inspect your home for all items that you no longer need, such as old appliances, furniture, clothes, etc. If they are still in good condition, you can sell them. Otherwise, discard them. Getting rid of unwanted stuff gives you more space and freedom to design it in the way you want. It’s also easier to visualize your desired output when you have fewer items to work on.

Choose a color scheme.

Once you’ve finalized your home interior design, the next step is to choose a color scheme. Colors can either make or break your home design. That is why you have to be really careful when choosing a color scheme. While it’s totally up to you what colors to use for your home, try to use three color shades. Use one main color for the walls, another color for larger accents (or furniture) such as couches and chairs, and the third shade for smaller accessories, such as pillows, wall decals, and displays.

Don’t forget the lighting.

Good lighting can almost instantly spruce up your home. It makes any room look nicer, bigger, and inviting. Aim for more natural light. At the same time, choose sufficient indoor lighting. You might consider layering your lighting system. Place lamps too, either a floor or table lamp. Warm lights can make a room appear elegant and cozy.

Play with textures.

Adding textures is a wonderful way to create a statement and mood in your home. Textures are as important as colors. By simply adding a variety of textures, along with shades and patterns, you can add elegance and sophistication to your living space. You can bring more textures to your home by adding textiles. Textures are also a must-have if you prefer a white room. You can create a stylish space by incorporating tons of textures, including pops of blush tones, wall panels, and a faux fur.

Decorate with furniture.

Some homeowners tend to focus on smaller pieces to accentuate their living space. However, having too many knick-knacks can just make your home look cluttered (which spells chaos), it also tends to confuse the eyes. Rather than smaller pieces, opt to accentuate your room or living area with one or two large furniture. A huge curved sofa, a giant accent chair, a large armoire, or a unique coffee table, for instance, can serve as a focal point. A mix of different furniture styles, designs, and sizes can make a room looks balanced.

Add some drama.

Feel like an expert interior designer by adding a dramatic statement in each area of your home. For example, installing dark wallpapers in small areas of your home for a glamorous look. You can also create a wall art (using your family photos for example), install unique lighting, put up some nice modern home décor, place some candles or firelight, or artistic pendant light. You can also add depth and personality in your home using colors. Aside from black, you can play with all the deeper shades of other colors. The key to creating a lovely, dramatic look in your home is to instill balance. For example, you can counter darker shades with lighter-colored furniture.

Dare to be bold and different.

Don’t be afraid even if you think no one has ever done it expects from you. It’s your home, after all. You can design it in any way you want. Experiment with colors, accents, and furnishings.

Research all available home decor and interior design stores. Home decor online stores today offer a variety of designer accessories, that are quite unique and worth considering. Feel free to take inspiration from so many home decor ideas out there, mix and match these ideas, and create your own. Whether you want a statement ceiling, a painted floor, a velvet teal cushion for your sofa, or vintage chair in your contemporary living room, you can pull together a stunning home interior design that reflects your taste and personality.

Invest in cute home accessories.

You’re not going to spend so much on accessories than you would on furniture or appliances. However, they can do as much when it comes to keeping your home in style. A few ceramics, decorative bowls and baskets, a couple of books, and other decorative items are a simple way to add glamor and class in your home interiors. Additionally, play around with arrangements. Experiment on furniture placement until you find the layout that suits you most. Remember, however, to give special attention to function. A functional space is a beautiful space. However, a beautiful yet not functional space is useless.

Designing your home interiors is fun and easy. Consider these tips for a successful DIY home interior design project.

Written by Nat Sauteed

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