Basics of interior design

When designing and decorating a space it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the scale of work needed to complete your desired project. But knowing where to start can be a huge help in bringing your dream space into reality. 

The first and most basic step in building your perfect space is deciding on the style and feel you want for your project. Do you have any particular influences or designers you gain inspiration from? Do you gravitate towards minimalist clean spaces, or do you enjoy bright colours or intricate patterns? This may also include working out what you really don’t want or don’t like. Maybe you have a certain piece of furniture you can not stand, or a colour that just doesn’t sit with you. This is all important information to gather when building an idea for a space. 

Another topic to consider is are you limited by what is already there? Do you have a certain piece of furniture, keepsake or artwork that you want to build a space around. This can be helpful in pre determining a colour pallet, fabric or pattern theme for a space. Deciding on a concept or theme for a space is a brilliant way to narrow down the goals for your project and make the job feel far less daunting, and ultimately more achievable. 

The functionality of your space is also important to consider when designing. Laying out the key functions a space requires for the project to be successful, creates a checklist of goals for you to meet. Does your space need to be multi functional e.g living/ dining room? Are there accessibility requirements to consider? Will the space be a high traffic area or is it a private room? The answers to these questions will play a big impact on the final outcome of a successful design project. 

Another important element to consider before starting out on a project is budget. It is crucial to decide on the amount of money you want to invest in a space, to be able to achieve the desired style and function of your project. While thinking about this, remember that “more” doesn’t necessarily mean “better” in terms of both quality and quantity. The most affordable accents or the biggest splurge purchase in a room can be the most practical, whilst simultaneously being the aesthetic focal point of a space. It all depends on the feel and function you are looking to achieve.

Last but not least, remember that ultimately the best way to discover what works is through experimentation and trial and error. Taking the time to think through the aesthetic, nuances and personality of a space is half the battle of successful interior design.