Designing a room is no small feat, and there is a lot to consider if you want to create a stylish living space that is truly your own. Taking a room from concept to reality requires patience, passion, and a bit of elbow grease, but luckily it isn’t rocket science. Here are a few tips from our interior design team in Exeter on how to achieve the well-designed room of your dreams:
Ask plenty of questions – how will you get the most out of the space, what is the function of the room, what style are you trying to achieve?
Decide the function of the room – isolate its key purpose, whether it’s a room for entertaining or everyday use, and use that as a cornerstone for your design.
Be practical – you want your room to be aesthetically pleasing and suit your personal style, but if you’re going to have messy kids and dogs in the space then cream couches probably aren’t the best design choice.
Research – look into different styles, designs and patterns. Use magazines, Pinterest and the internet to get inspiration, and talk to our interior design team in Exeter. The more research you do, the more educated you will be on the possibilities to turn the room into your dream space.
Spacial awareness – When designing a room, think about scale. One of the biggest mistakes people make when purchasing furniture, is buying too large or too small. A low console table or petite sideboard in a Victorian home with high ceilings is a common mistake. Equally, a huge corner slouch sofa in a cottage will overpower a small room.
Think about flow– when designing your room, you want to be aware of how the decor will fit in with the rest of the house. You want the space to be unique but still create a sense of aesthetic continuity throughout your home. Try to use as few flooring finishes as possible. For example, wooden floors throughout the downstairs paired with carpet running up the stairs and through the bedrooms with no colour changes creates flow.
Don’t overlook lighting – it might not be as exciting as picking the furniture and colour scheme but lighting is one of the most important design elements in a room. You want to have a variety of lighting that enhances the space and fits in with the overall style and colour palette.
Balance form and function – a well-designed room is not just stylish but liveable. There is no point having chairs that you never sit in because they’re uncomfortable or a beautiful closet that isn’t big enough for your clothes.
Save the details for last – it is tempting to pick out the finer details like small decorative pieces as soon as you think of them, but this can leave a room feeling aesthetically disjointed, so it’s better to wait until the core elements of the interior design are solidified before you add the finishing touches.
If you want to find out more about how to create your dream room, come and talk to our team – we provide interior design Exeter residents and businesses will love. Alternatively, why not give us a call?