Amazing Secrets All Interior Designers Swear By

Whether you own a property that you want to sell, are moving house, or simply want to spruce up your own home, there are several simple tips and tricks that all interior designers swear by when it comes to brightening up a home. The best part is, once you’ve read these secrets, you can perform them yourself, without the need to hire an expensive interior designer yourself. Often, in homes, the smallest thing, such as a well-placed mirror, can have the biggest impact when it comes to the look and feel of a room. So many people opt to leave it to the professionals when it simply isn’t necessary. As long as you follow these helpful guidelines, you can’t possibly go wrong!


Colour Scheme
When redecorating, you always need to start with a basic colour scheme for the whole house, and then work from there, going room by room. A neutral colour for the walls, is always a safe bet, as it ties the whole house together nicely, and then you can mix up the colour scheme of a particular room by using furniture. Light, neutral colours also help a room feel larger, as they will reflect the natural light pouring in from the windows and doors.
Low Furniture
Regardless of whether you have a townhouse for sale, or are looking to make up your own home, the last thing you want is for people in the house to feel claustrophobic in your living room. The use of low-slung and deep set furniture can really help in making the entire room look much taller than it actually is, and let’s be honest, when a short couch and table can look this good, who’s complaining?
Set The Tone At The Door
In many different cultures, the colour of your door told something about you to those about to pass your threshold. For example, during the 10th Century, the French used to paint the doors of traitors and criminals yellow, as to them it signified betrayal and weakness. Whereas in Africa, yellow was used only for people of the highest rank, as it closely resembled gold, and so they saw it to represent quality and success. Many different colours have many different meanings, and it’s up to you to decide which one you’re going to listen to. However, it’s not necessary to decide your choice of door colour on any particular meaning. If you have something blue in your hallway, go for a blue door to match, then when people compliment your door, you can throw in a “Did you know it represents safety and protection in many Middle Eastern countries?” to look in the know.


Mirrors
If there’s one thing that you learn from this, hopefully, it’s that, when it comes to interior design, mirrors are most certainly your friend, as they can help you in so many different ways. Depending on where they are placed, they can reflect a large amount of natural light, making the room not only brighter but feel and look bigger, too. However, you do need to be careful where you place your mirror or mirrors - There’s no point putting up a small mirror that only reflects a small patch of the wall opposite. You want your mirror to reflect the best part of the room, such as an ornate fireplace, or a stunning chandelier. You also want it to reflect as much of the room as possible along with it, to make it feel as big as you possibly can.
Have A Centerpiece
If you have something really beautiful in your room, such as an ornate couch or a freestanding bath tub, the last thing you want to do is have it to the side of the room - It should be the main focus. Putting something on display, as the centerpiece of the room, will only make the entire room look more beautiful.

Talking Chairs
Many people choose to have all of their chairs and sofas pushed up against the side of the room, as they believe it will make the room look bigger. Don’t do this, it doesn’t. Instead (if you have the room in the first place, of course), you should have all of the chairs and sofas at the centre of the room, preferably on the edges of a lovely rug, and perhaps surrounding a coffee table. This not only assists in making the room look bigger, but it also allows you to converse with the people in your living room easily, rather than having to shout across the room at one another. The arrangement of your living room furniture should always allow easy conversation, and should always face the same focal point.

Artwork At Eye Level
If you have a high ceiling, many people choose to place their artwork accordingly and have it half way up the wall. This, however, is a mistake. You have to remember that it’s you and your guests that need to look at the art, not the walls, so it’s you that you need to base the height of the pictures against. If you have a naturally high ceiling, you don’t need to make it look bigger by having your pictures all the way up the wall, all it will accomplish is your guests straining their necks to look at them. It also just doesn’t look very nice, or well thought out, to have pictures climbing up the walls. Instead, you need to have the centre of the piece at eye level of the tallest person in the house.
Mix, Don’t Match
Although most people when redecorating would like their house to look like it’s come straight out of an interior design catalogue, and have everything matching, it doesn’t always look the best. If you want your house to feel like a home, then not everything is going to match. You are going to have an odd ornament or a cushion with a contrasting colour, but that’s okay. As long as you feel at home in your house, that’s all that matters.

Hopefully, this advice will help you in your decorating endeavours, whether you’re making up a home to sell, or decorating your own home. Just remember that although you want the home to look nice, much like people, it doesn’t need to be perfect, especially show home perfect. Just have some fun, and choose creativity over coordination.

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