Simple Interior Design Tips for Everyone

Maybe you just moved into your first apartment. You don’t want this to look like your childhood bedroom. That means it’s time to get to work on your personal style. But that can feel like a daunting task, especially on a budget. Or maybe you’ve been living in the same place for years and it feels like time to shake things up. These simple interior design tips will help you style whatever space you’re working with without breaking the bank or causing unnecessary headaches.

1. Take inspiration from your closet

You may not realize this, but your clothes already say a lot about what you’d like in a space. Is your closet filled with mostly comfy outfits, bright patterns, a specific color, or fancier pieces? The answers to that question can inform how you design your home. If you’re drawn to a certain style, pattern, color, etc. of clothing, those are things you should look for in picking items you use to decorate the rooms in your house. Figuring out what you already like is a great starting place to give you direction. If your closet features a lot of bold patterns, perhaps you’d like to decorate your living room with fun patterned throw pillows. Or maybe your closet is mostly grays and blues. In that case, more calm and muted colors are what you might like in furniture and decor. If you live with multiple people who all have different style preferences, then work together to come to comprises that work for everyone. If one of you prefers neutrals and one of you prefers color, consider picking neutral staples with small pops of color.

2. Size up your space

So much of interior design is just about working with the space you already have. If you have a small living room, you might not want to plop a giant couch in the middle. Or if you have a large master bedroom, you can add a seating nook to fill up the space. Avoid using furniture that is too large or too small for your space. Just like with clothing, fit is important. For rooms that are on the bigger side, you can create zones for different activity – like a space for conversing or board games, a TV viewing area, and a work space. Or whatever activities you’re interested in! Don’t be afraid to have fun with your space by doing something that’s uniquely you. Make sure your space feels visually balanced but avoid using too much symmetry. Scale is the key to good interior design.

3. Start from the floor and work your way up

Designing an empty room can be overwhelming, especially when you don’t know where to start. We recommend that you start at the bottom. Consider your flooring and pick pieces that match. Rugs can be a fun addition to any space. Not all rugs are expensive. You can shop around for something affordable and durable. Once you’ve decided on a rug, work your way up. Pick out a couch, table, chairs, bed, etc. that fits the space and goes well with the flooring. Then decorate with throw pillows, blankets, lamps, and other items you enjoy. Lastly, you can decide what kind of art you’d like to hang on the wall. Maybe you want to focus on family photos. You can also hang some paintings or photography from artists you love. There are many home good stores that offer affordable art for any style. And remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day. Take your time decorating your space so it feels like home.

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