If you are anything like me, you probably enviously look at Facebook pictures, design magazines, and Pinterest that depict gorgeous interior design. I crave open, clean spaces with white, blue, and gray accents. Unfortunately, I don’t have a professional interior design budget, which means I’m always DIYing my interior design. After designing several spaces for myself, I have some amateur interior design tips that can definitely help. Whether you are looking to make a change to a small space, or want to update a whole house, these tips can definitely help.
Amateur Interior Design Tips
Evaluate Your Space
First, know exactly what you are working with. Here in the Boston suburbs, our homes are generally smaller than what I see on home design shows. It’s important to know exactly what size the space is that you are working with, and that you understand limitations, like heating ducts, windows, and fireplaces. Our open floor plan means that we have less wall space in general, so I have less room for tables and other fixtures against the wall. Smaller space also means that you may not want to choose a bold paint color because it will make the room look smaller.
Look at Design Magazines and Blogs and Watch Design TV Shows
Get inspiration from the experts. I generally know what I like when I see it. If you look at design magazines and blogs, and watch design TV shows, you’ll be inspired, and you can learn about what is currently in style. You don’t have to purchase the products that are recommended in these shows, but you’ll at least know what is possible.
Simple is Often Best
It’s easy to overdo it with home decor, so it’s a good idea to go as simple as possible. Don’t buy too many small accents, which can overwhelm a room and make it look cluttered.
DIY When You Need To
After looking at design magazines, you may find something that you want but can’t find. If possible DIY some of your home decor accents. For instance, when I wanted a coastal-inspired picture for above my sofa, I decided to make a canvas print of my favorite photograph from Martha’s Vineyard.
Consider the Whole Space
If you are only redecorating one space in your home, it’s still important that you consider the entire space. You won’t want to have one room that completely sticks out. Develop an overall theme for your home, and slowly migrate each room to that theme.
Don’t Get Bored
If you are choosing a theme or motif, be careful. It can be very easy to get sick of something that is too bold. I love nautical themed rooms, but I tried to be very mindful of how much I incorporated it into my own home decor. I choose to use nautical colors – navy blue, light blue, and white – rather than nautical symbols like anchors and starfish that I might get sick of in the future.
When looking at furniture, consider the functionality as well as the design. Make sure that the room, and the items you purchase, work for you. For instance, because we don’t have a mudroom, our living room needs to serve that purpose. I looked for the perfect piece of furniture that works with the design of the room, and is also exactly what we need to hold backpacks and cold weather accessories.
Get Inspiration Everywhere
When I traveled to the Martinhal Sagres Resort in Portugal, I loved this big pillow seat that was in my room. I decided that I needed one in our living room, so I purchased a Lovesac as a book nook. Although it’s not exactly the same, it serves the same purpose.
Have you designed any of your own spaces? What are your amateur interior design tips?