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Basics of Interior Decorating

Basics of Interior Decorating

For many people, buying their first home will also include decorating an interior for the first time. Here are a few pointers on design, colors, patterns and decor. 

Your first step when starting to decorate your space is to pick a style. This will keep everything in unity and harmony within a single theme of your design. This can mean you decide you want your space casual instead of formal or traditional instead of contemporary. From there you can go into more specific design styles such as rustic, farmhouse, shabby chic, French country or minimalist. 

Some other elements of design that you should keep in mind are balance, focal point, contrast and variety. Find and keep balance in a room by distributing the visual weight. You can do this symmetrically, which is more traditional or you can do this asymmetrically. In each room there should also be a focal point, an example would be in a living room you would have a fireplace or piece of art. This item can set itself apart by its scale, colour, texture etc. Contrast and variety add visual interest to a room. Repeat certain elements and change others. 

Choosing a colour palette is a very important step in interior design. You can create a colour scheme for your entire space or for a specific room. Create your own mood board to help you in this process of finding your right colour schemes. 

The patterns that you use don’t always have to match, but they do need to complement and coordinate with each other. Consider colour, size and scale. 

Tips to get started with your decor:

Edit - Always look at a room you’ve decorated and find out what works in a room and when something is too much, tasteful or requires embellishment.

Artwork - Carefully consider what you display and how you display it. Set wall art at eye level, for example.

Furniture - Above any other piece of furniture in your home, your sofa and bed are the most important if you are on a tight budget is what you should splurge on. Then you can save for a nice area rug, accent tables and wall art. 

A local spot in town that can help you on your decorating journey is Lillidae Home & Design.


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