Interior Design: Getting the Basics Right

Today’s guest post takes a look at ways to integrate good interior design into your home. It’s something we all do, whether we realise it or not, and there are easy ways to hone our skills, with just a little practice. This post concentrates on 3 areas: the kitchen, lighting and colour. Enjoy!

Interior Design: Getting the Basics Right

With a big enough budget and a team of expert designers, it would be an easy task to create the perfect home. However, even if you don’t have a fortune to spend on revamping your living space, it’s possible to create stunning rooms in a few simple steps. If you’re looking for ideas, take a look at this brief guide to basic interior design.

Create a stunning kitchen

It’s often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and therefore it’s well worth putting some time and effort into getting the space perfect. To achieve a chic look, try to avoid overcrowding the space with too many items and appliances. Clever storage solutions like corner units and full-height cupboards can help to conceal clutter. Also, it’s worth considering space-saving products. For example, you could consider an integrated washer dryer available from Tesco, which will make a great addition to your kitchen while also saving space.

Think about the so-called ‘work triangle’ of your cooker, sink and refrigerator too. Ideally, these three elements should be close, but not too close, to one another.

Be creative with lighting

One simple and inexpensive way to spruce up your property is to make the best possible use of lighting. All too often, people see lights as purely functional products. However, if you plan properly, creative lighting can enhance the aesthetics of your home too. For example, as well as installing ceiling lights, it’s a good idea to use a variety of other illuminations to create a range of visual effects.

Spot lights, recessed lighting, picture lights and floor and table lamps can all look stunning in various rooms around the home, and it’s worth considering dimmer switches too.

Don’t be afraid of colour

Neutral colours can help to ensure rooms look bright and spacious, but this doesn’t mean you should be afraid to experiment with colour. Introducing some bolder and more interesting hues to your home is a great way to stamp your personality on it and make it feel cosier.

For the best results, it’s wise to introduce sections of colour rather than whole blocks. For example, feature walls can look stunning, and to tie rooms together, you can echo the design theme with accessories such as rugs, cushions and items of artwork.

You don’t have to splash lots of cash to revamp your abode. With a little imagination and some savvy investment, you can transform the look of your property.

Sources:  Which || Wikipedia || The Mirror

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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1 Comment

  1. Chichi Furniture
    October 3, 2014 / 12:00 pm

    Great post. Totally agree that lighting is so important. You can spend ages painted a room and adding furniture, but if its not lit well it may not be at good as it could be. A beautiful ceiling light can pull the ceiling into the scheme adding dimension and lamps/mood lighting can really create cozy nooks or light up dark, otherwise unused corners. I love neutral palettes but also like a splash of more vibrant colour to give a scheme a lift – be it a piece of art, a feature wall or a feature piece of furniture like an upholstered chair. It’s important to ensure a scheme doesn’t look flat and bland.

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