Interior design is a funny thing really. Despite it being a passion, it’s not necessarily our profession. It’s simply a sweet hobby we do on the side.
Often we envy those who’ve taken the leap and become interior designers, but at the end of the day most of us take joy from channelling our creativity into our own home rather than someone else’s.
The trick to mastering the art of interior design is keeping up to date with the tricks of the trade, so if you’re yearning for some creative insights here’s how to decorate your house like a pro.
Bring comfort to family life
When we think of comfort, we often think of function rather than beauty and, when we think of family life, we often think of turmoil. With a few thoughtful additions to your decor, neither need be the case.
To truly bring the family together, consider creating a ‘techless’ living area. This is a space where items like iphones, laptops and TVs are prohibited. Make this the most comfortable living area in the house by using big rugs, big couches and lots of lighting – a perfect retreat to read, play boardgames and – wait for it – talk to each other!
We’re not saying the entire house need be devoid of technology. In fact, we completely condone the return of the desk. Nurture productivity and the comfort of ergonomics by providing a desk for laptop use. The wonderful thing about creating such a flexible space is that, when it’s minus a computer, it can act as a thing of beauty. First up, choose a stylish desk and decorate it with a vase of flowers and artwork.
Remember the bygone days of the Sunday lunch? Well, bring them back by setting up a dining area that has that special, formal feeling that’s also designed for comfort. To ensure family and friends aren’t quick to rush out the door after the meal, invest in a large table and comfortable formal dining chairs. Create a safe space where loved ones feel welcome.
1. Techless living
2. Big formal dining
3. Return of the desk
Factor in fine finishes
Working nature and organic elements into an interior space creates a refreshing and rustic feel. If you’re bold you can bring an abundance of plants inside the home. Alternatively, if you don’t have a green thumb you can instead opt for a nature print or some raffia weave decorations – think baskets, mats and furnishings.
A wonderful way to really finish a room is to invest in a signature piece of furniture, something that will not only be a conversation piece but that is genuinely beautiful, comfortable and functional.
4. Bring plants inside the home
5. Invest in quality feature furniture
6. Weave raffia into a room
Mix things up
If you have a daring streak, you will love the concept of mixing styles, textures and colours. In fact, mixing things up is currently every professional interior designer’s newest best friend.
Whether you love minimalism, urban stylings or something else unique altogether, infuse something into the composition that’s the polar opposite to the room’s dominant theme.
Give a minimalist, neutral decor a twist of colour with a larger than life modern art piece. Bring a vintage decor into the 21st Century with some graffiti. Add something completely crazy-surreal to an otherwise retrained modern space. We double dare you.
7. Let’s do the minimalist twist
8. Out with the old, in with the new
9. The odd modern out
Break out the colour schemes
The key to colour is courage. Love a bit of flower power? Then shamelessly break out the Granny florals in bedding, cushions and art. Need to find the calm? Then do a design detox – think quiet, calming hues – grey, stone, white, pale and pastel combos. Like stripes? Then build your own rainbow.
10. Contemporary Granny
11. Design Detox
12. Rainbow Stripes