Hello everyone and welcome back to Styling with Jade, today I’m going to share my novice interior design tips. This is just a compilation of a few things I’ve learnt over the years from tv shows and the net and if you have any of your own tips please leave them below in the comments as I love learning new trends and ideas.
- Make sure the rug fits the room – this is something 50% of people get wrong and it is so easy to do, to some people they won’t even notice. When shopping for a rug to put in a specific room measure the dimensions of your room and keep in mind your choice of furniture. It is important that the rug fits the room and at least goes under parts of the furniture.
- Style in groups of three or odd numbers – while this seems stupid, if you look at professional designers you will often see they design in groups of three. By designing in three or odd numbers you can create a focal point with the middle item rather than having 2 items as the middle.
- Use light colours to make a room appear bigger – often we dress windows with a dark fabric or we paint a dark feature wall in a room. While this can look great you are also making the room appear smaller. If you are trying to make your room look as large as possible I reccomend to try and keep your colours to a light shade.
- Hang your tv at eye level – I watch a lot of design shows and the main mistake they make in living rooms is hanging the tv way to high. If your sitting on your lounge/couch and you raise your head up even just a little bit and sit like that for 30 minutes you will end up with a sore neck, it’s also not great for your posture. While it can look good to hang your tv high you also need to think about the practicality of this decision. I would definitely advise to hang your TV as close to your seated eye level as possible.
- Don’t overfill your lounge/couch or bed with cushions – this is a really easy quick fix, so many people get carried away with the amount of cushions they use. Cushions can be your best friend but you can also take things way to far, they add colour, texture and sometimes pattern to a room. But while your out buying your cushions think about how many you really need. A lounge/couch is made to sit on so don’t have so many cushions that’s you can’t sit down on it comfotably. Same goes for your bed, when your tired the last thing you want to do is pull off 20 cushions. So be clever with your cushions and make a statement with as few as you can.
- Don’t be afraid to leave some empty space – the worst thing you can do is clutter every empty space with something. This rule is in regard to everything furniture, cushions, decoration, walls just everything. To often I see to much stuff on a shelf or to many artworks on the walls or to many cushions on the bed. Most of the time less is more and you can ruin the whole feel of a room by cramming it full of stuff. Not only are you making it way to crowded your wasting money on to many items.
- Use mirrors to create space and better lighting – we all dream of big luxurious rooms and by placing some mirrors in the right spot you can create a good illusion. Mirrors can also help to distribute light in a room that doesn’t have a good amount of natural light. If you place the mirror at a point that receives a lot of light it will than bounce that around to another part of your room.
- Make sure your furniture is all proportional to one another – another common mistake people make is buying furniture that doesn’t suit all the rest. If you go buy a lounge first, again keep in mind the dimensions when buying a coffee table. You don’t want a coffee table that’s to high or to low. Same goes for stools against your kitchen bench, you don’t want stools that are so high you can’t use them, you also don’t want them to be so low that it’s uncomfortable to sit there.
- Only choose one statement piece – this is the most common mistake I see people make, they go out shopping and buy a piece of artwork than they go buy some cushions with a different pattern or they paint a feature wall bright red. While all of these are a great option it’s so important to restrain and choose only one of these options. That way the feature item really gets all the glory and attention it deserves instead of having your eye drawn to five different statement pieces.
- Decorate your room using functional items – I don’t hear a lot of people talk about this but it’s something that really bugs me. First of all if you fill your shelves with a whole bunch of stuff you never use it will gather a whole bunch of dust and it also means your more likely to create mess and clutter by using other spaces to store things. While it’s important to decorate your shelves and other surfaces try and use things that are functional. For example instead of buying a whole bunch of books you don’t even know the name of, fill it with your own books. If you get a plant as a gift pop it up there, or even your candles that you may move when in use. Photo frames with pictures that remind you of those memories look great aswell. I guess what I mean is decorate it to suit you, don’t just make it look like something out of a show room.
So there is my top ten interior design tips, I hope you enjoyed them and felt like they helped. If you have anymore tips feel free to leave them below in the comments.
As always thankyou for reading and ill be back next week with another post.