If interior designing isn’t really your forte, the thought of styling and colour matching can be daunting. Bringing in an interior designers can also be costly.
Fortunately there’s an insane amount of sources that you can tap into to find what you’re after and help to explain a bit of the lingo. We’ve put together some tips and tricks to help lessen the stress.
1. Determine Your Style
The best way to start is by choosing what style you want to go with.
Modern, Industrial, contemporary, Scandinavian…. What the?
If these terms are unfamiliar to you, maybe the easiest way to figure out what you like is to just Google it.
Collate images and products that fit together and start building a folio of the things that you like or that match the style you want to go with.
2. Draw inspiration from a range of sources
Decor websites can spark a flame of creativity that we never knew we had. If you have not already begun to create inspiration boards for your homes decor, then start now — this is the first step to creating the home you desire.
Go onto Pinterest and Houzz to search for home styles that appeal to you, or go onto or simply grab some design magazines and cut out pictures that speak to you. Have a look around online and in show homes.
3. Build Around Your Space
Lot’s of people make the mistake of not measuring out their space and buying furniture that takes up too much of it.
Know what you’ve got and work with it!
If your rooms are smaller; softer, lighter colours help to make the room feel larger. Mirrors can make rooms look lighter and adding plants can help add colour and texture- especially to a neutral colour scheme.
If you want to go a step further, maybe it’s time to think about whether your home is need of a renovation. Renovating can help optimise your current space to better fit the things you love, click here to read our blog on how to start the renovation of your dream home.
4. Sample Your Paint
Seems pretty straight forward? Hold the sample to the wall and go and buy 30 litres….
Maybe not. Get a few variations of the same colour, even different brands and paint swatches on the walls you’re looking to paint. The colour of the paint changes after two hours of application- so it’s best to wait before you run back to the shop.
Lighting can make a big difference how your paint colour looks on the wall. White lights may brighten, yellow lights may warm. It’s best to pick a colour that emphasises you expectation of the room.
5. Mix High and Low Price Points
You can easily spend $100+ on cushions and throws that will never be touched. Save the money and put it on the furniture that’s going to receive the most love and attention. The knickknack stuff is where you can save on costs. If you’ve chosen a very neutral colour scheme, a great way to add in colour is through art and cushions.
6. Don’t make all the decisions at once
Know what you really like before buying so that you don’t have to make changes to your design later. Choosing colours and items that won’t go out of fashion is a great way to save costs in the long run. If you are looking for inspiration- check out some of our latest builds here.