Decorating and renovating a home can be an exciting project. It’s common for homeowners to find that the end result is not exactly what they envisioned. To make your vision become a reality, you need to think like an interior design pro. Our Alpharetta experts have the insider tips you need.
When you’re mapping out the overall picture, first notice the space and the flow of every room. You may want to modify the space so it flows better from one room to the next. Love to cook? Make sure there is plenty of walking room and counter space in the kitchen. Measure the spaces from wall to wall and from cabinets to furniture. Make sure it feels right and comfortable before you start installing fixtures.
Space and light are the two most important elements for creating a big, open, and welcoming interior. Use windows, skylights, chandeliers, and recessed lights generously. Place a floor lamp in a corner that seems too dark or a table lamp next to a reading chair to highlight more space. Choose the wattage carefully too, because going too high with every single light can create a harsh feel. A generous amount of soft wattage is best.
Notice the symmetry of your design. Your interior design does not have to be perfectly symmetrical, and in fact, asymmetrical arrangements can make a room feel larger and more interesting. In a small kitchen, for example, having two opposing walls with mirror images of cabinets could create a compressed feeling. Experiment with asymmetry, such as an irregular kitchen island shape, or arranging the furniture asymmetrically within a room instead of just mirroring the walls.
Color is an obvious interior design element, but it should really be a complement to the main fixtures of the home. Before choosing interior colors, choose the furniture pieces and fixtures you really love, such as cabinets, bar stools, countertops, tiles, and hardware. The wood, tile, counters, and flooring will set the tone for the house. Then, choose paint and linen colors that complement the house, adding your favorite pops of color with flowers or wall art.
One of our best-kept interior design secrets is to think in terms of texture. This goes beyond just textured walls or flooring, though those are important. A kitchen, for example, should balance the textures of a granite countertop with warm wood flooring. This also includes the texture of the granite itself. Is it busy, grainy, seamed, or more monotone? Do you prefer wood cabinets that are smooth and glossy or naturally distressed in a farmhouse chic style? The textures of your wood, your hardware, your lighting, your flooring, and your backsplashes should complement each other.
Finally, put the finishing touches on your interior design, but not too many. This is where many DIY-ers go wrong. Don’t let your decorations distract from the main attractions, which should be your furniture, your cabinets, or your beautiful hardwood floors. A single potted plant on a kitchen island, for instance, will draw your eye to the beauty and simplicity of the countertop. Use just 1 or 2 favorite statement pieces for each room instead of a clutter of little decorations.