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I love watching home interior design shows and seeing the befores and afters. Sometimes the changes are over the top and other times they’re simple fixes using the home owners existing furniture and accents.
As a graphic designer I always go back to basic design principles when placing furniture and accents pieces in my own home. I’ve also recently moved into a fixer-upper so I’m smack dab in the middle of painting and remodeling myself.
If you’re remodeling or just giving a room a refresh, check out 6 tips to help you design an interior oasis that’s inviting, functional and lets your own unique design style shine.
1| Hang Pictures at Eye-Level
There’s no hard and fast rule on this but avoid hanging art work too high or too low. Most of us are between 5 and 6 feet tall, so in general it’s best to hang artwork at a comfortable (eye) level.
2| White Space
White space is a place to rest your eyes. You may be tempted to fill every wall, nook and cranny to create a homey vibe but doing that may have an opposite effect and make your space feel small and cluttered. Just remember, less is more sometimes.
3| Buy Furniture that Fits the Space
Before heading to the furniture store I always make a quick sketch of the room I plan to furnish. Helpful things to include: rough furniture placement ideas, overall room size and location of door ways. With these measurements in hand, you’ll be able to determine if that sectional you love will fit in your family room before it’s delivered.
4| Color and Patterns
If you’re unsure about what colors and patterns to go with, I recommend keeping it simple. You really can’t go wrong with a neutral wall color and pops of color with room accents, artwork or just a feature wall with vibrant wallpaper.
After all of the furniture is in place in a room, I like to step as far back (even out of the room) and look at the space as a whole. I find this helpful to see if the room feels unbalanced. I look at the height of the pieces in the room and may move a taller piece of furniture (like a book shelf) to the other side to balance a heavier piece.
6| The Paper Bag Trick
Last, this is a tip for those of you who struggle with hanging pictures like I do. Try making templates from paper bags. Just gather up all of your pictures and a bunch of paper grocery bags. Take the bags apart and place your pictures/wall art on the paper bags and trace around them. Cut each tracing out and stick them to wall with painters tape. You can move the templates around until you get the placement you want and avoid extra nail holes in the wall. I’ve been doing this for years and it’s especially helpful for picture groupings.
If you have any other interior design tips to add, let me know in the comment section below. I’d love to hear your ideas.