Image Credit - House Beautiful
We’ve been looking for a one-stop-shop for Interior Design tips, and it just doesn’t exist! So today, we decided to create a fun little post with 26 different design tips to make your home special.
The goal here is to help answer all of your simple design need questions in one space. We hope this encourages you to get started on creating the perfect space in your home.
A - Art transforms a space - large statement pieces command attention in a home. Consider the colour theme and choose art to tie into it. Or contrast the styles for a bit of tension in your space. Whatever you do, only buy art you feel an emotional connection to!
B - Is for Black. We believe that every grown-up space needs a splash of black somewhere to ground it and give it more sophistication. Couple it with pastels for more glamour with moody colours to amp up the sexy factor.
C - Contrast! No one wants to walk into a room that is all one colour. Add some light colours and some dark colours to the neutral palette to pull the space together. Having various tones in varying saturations is the best thing you can do for a layered, more stimulating look.
D - Details, details, details! Don’t miss out on those beautiful details in your home. Accessories bring life to any surface or space. Mix old and new items or trinkets you have picked up on your travels, and display them with care around your home.
E - Eclecticism. Nothing dates a room faster than everything being of the same era. Choosing an eclectic theme means you won’t have to redecorate each year because it no longer looks trendy. For best results, collect furniture and accessories from different eras and stick with a limited palette of colours (no more than 3-4), so things don’t get too overwhelming and crazy!
F - If you haven’t failed, you haven’t learned! Sometimes the best results come from knowing what doesn’t work. Learning from your own design mistakes makes you so much better at understanding what you love and want to live.
Image Credit (left to right) - Canaan, Wilhelmine van Aerssen, Kelly Wearstler
G - Go green! Nothing brings life, texture, and an organic contrast into a home better than plants and flowers. For maximum impact, go large with a potted tree or cluster smaller pots together. Plus, they’re an inexpensive option to accessorise with!
H - Fake height if you do not have tall ceilings. Vertical mirrors give the illusion that the room is higher, and keep lower, smaller pieces of furniture in that room.
I - Is for first impressions. Don’t neglect the front of your home whether you have a large garden or just a door to your flat. Make sure it delivers the right first impression to guests and visitors. A welcoming door colour with brightly polished hardware and a few pots of flowers will go a long way in making people interested in what lies ahead in your home. It will make you feel happy to turn the key at the end of a long day.
K - Keepsakes are one of the nicest ways to bring more personality to your space. Using mementos and exhibiting these things with pride are talking points and maybe a link to our past. If you have a collection, displaying them en-mass will make it more interesting than dotting them around your home.
J - No, not body jewellery. Hardware – the jewellery for your home! Don’t ignore the detail that hardware can bring to a space. A chest of drawers, your kitchen cupboards, or your bathroom sink can all be elevated by the correct choice of hardware. Using a chic set of pulls on an inexpensive piece will make the whole thing look more expensive and bespoke.
L - Good lighting is essential; nothing ruins the atmosphere faster than having one blazing overhead light. Put your central light on a dimmer switch and then utilise other types of lighting in the room (table lamps, floor lamps, wall sconces) to create little pools of light for interest. Layering lighting is almost as important as layering accessories to make a space more striking.
Image Credit (left to right) - Eric Piasecki, Liv For Interiors, Anthropologie
Stay tuned for the second instalment of Lilla Rugs: The A-Z of Interior Design Tips next week! We have more inspiration for you to feast your eyes on.