3 Must-Haves for a Professionally-Styled Home Interior

3 Must-Haves for a Professionally-Styled Home Interior

The desire to do a DIY home décor project stems from many factors. Fear of a costly professional execution, the lack of desire to entrust home interior design experts with the project and the desire to be personally involved can all feel quite overwhelming. Unfortunately, styling a home without assistance can be very challenging.

There are many home interior principles and guidelines that a professional home interior design company will follow, and break strategically,  in order to create results that are harmonious yet interesting. Thus, hiring an interior design expert in the field is the best thing to do if you want an outstanding outcome.

Still, a few simple ideas can be followed in order to enhance your home’s interior. Here are a few of the possibilities bound to yield a nearly professional result.

The Importance of Well Curated Colour Combinations

First and foremost, you need a colour scheme that consists of more than just two colours.

Most homeowners will either go with two tones that contrast themselves or two complementary colours. Such choices will result in a home interior that’s way too matchy-matchy. Professional colour schemes consist of three colours or more.

A good interior design project has to feature one main colour, another one for key accents and a third tone that’s used in smaller accessories. Here’s how these three can work together – the first colour is used to paint the walls, the second one features in larger décor pieces (like textiles – curtains, carpets, throw pillows) and the third one highlights small accents.

These three colours don’t necessarily have to be similar or contrasting. Just look at interior design palettes online. You’ll find many fun and unusual combos that work incredibly well together.

Scaling It Right to the Layout

Here’s another big essential that many home owners get wrong.

Proper layout matches the interior design elements to the size of the room. Proper scale allows for enough space to be left in the particular area. That’s how many rooms can be made to seem larger and much more comfortable.

So, how do you choose a proper layout if you don’t have professional skills in space planning  and an eye for detail?

The number one rule is to always, always take measurements before buying anything. Furniture, paintings, rugs and other home décor elements can easily appear out of scale if you just wing it and don’t’ insist on precision.

It’s also important to examine the different pieces in relationship to each other. Remember that all of them will have to fit within the same space. Thus, an individual item could have the right size but if it’s fighting for attention with another element, the décor will end up looking busy.

Too big is a no-no but the same applies to too small.

You can always use graph paper and a pencil to create a scale model of the room. One square will represent one square metre of room space. Furniture and décor element paper cutouts can next be placed inside the “room” to see how they fit and if everything you have in mind belongs there.

Floor planner smartphone apps are also available and they can be used to complete the same project.

We understand it can still be difficult to visualize after doing the above, especially if you do not have the experienced eye or professional training. That is why we think our HomeAlive 360 package is a service that creates an interactive 3D environment that allows you to explore your fully designed new home in a virtual simulated environment to get a feel of how everything works together.

Break Trends with Eclectic Elements

One thing gives away DIY interior design almost immediately.

Sticking to the same design concept throughout the flat is a big no-no. Just like colours, such a choice can make things look way too ordered and sterile.

It’s always a good idea to mix and match elements of different styles that you like. Picking and choosing bits that will work within your living space requires some true mastery and knowledge of how interior design elements work.

You don’t want your house to look like a catalogue entry. That’s exactly what’s going to happen if you make the décor just minimalist or just Mediterranean, for example.

Sticking to the same concept will turn your interior design into a cliché and that’s precisely what you don’t want.

Ornate, cosy elements can work really well with streamlined and minimalist accents. These will let the statement pieces “breathe,” turning them into the stars of the show. Modern farmhouse pieces will be complemented by mid-century modern decorations. And these are just two examples of mixes that will result in visual harmony.

So, how do you accomplish such a goal in the absence of professional training?

Count on unifying features like colour, pattern and texture. These can make a décor balanced and fun, even if the different pieces don’t belong to the same era/style. When in doubt, go for neutrals and add a touch of black. It works well in most rooms and adds a bit of a dramatic effect (without you having to work too hard in order to achieve the result).

Finally, remember overthinking and reworking the original concept too much can lead to doubt and confusion.

Letting interior designers refine and polish what you’ve conceptualised is going to be the best approach in such scenarios.

At Home Guide, we believe that your vision and input are both invaluable.

Let us know what you’re trying to achieve and tell us what your dream home looks like. We’ll build upon the vision in order to deliver a result beyond your expectations. Contact Home Guide right now to start that transformative journey.

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