Considering most of us aren’t interior designers by trade, designing or refurbishing the interiors of a house can prove to be quite a task. Be it making the most of a small bathroom or selecting the best floor tiles for the kitchen – it can get a little mind-boggling trying to understand the industry lingo. After all, terms ‘bevel’ and ‘balustrade’ don’t really strike a chord with industry outsiders.
So, if you too are in the process of giving your home a makeover but have been left flustered by an overflow of jargons, here is a design guide, simplified. We have included some tried and tested tricks that do not need years to master
- Use Three Colours or Shades
Colors are personal and have a great impact on the overall ambience of a space. We suggest keeping the colour scheme minimal with a mix of 3 colours or shades – one for the walls, one for larger accents such as couches and chairs and the third for smaller accessories like cushions or flowers. You could also keep it basic with an all-white room with three shades of white.
- Add Texture
Whatever your style, try to add plenty of texture by adding numerous textiles to your home. If going for a monochromatic space, accentuate with varied fabrics and prints. An all-white room may have linen draperies, a velvety arm chair, silk cushions or a woven basket. Another unique way of incorporating texture is through a wall with stone finish tiles.
- Create a Focal Point
To avoid visual clutter, add one statement element to the room and let everything else take a back seat. A dramatic hood in the kitchen, skirted club chairs in the living room or a headboard in the bedroom – choose something that will draw attention.
- Layered Lighting
A smart way to create interest, intrigue and variety in a room is by adding layers of lighting. In an evenly lit room, nothing tends to stand out. Instead, pick two focal points and highlight those. For instance, light up the backsplash and cabinet interiors in your kitchen. Add general ambient lighting and some lower lighting, like table lamps, for an overall appeal.