7 Tips for Interior Design

7 Tips for Interior Design

You’ve completed the major renovations.

Maybe it was finishing the basement, installing hardwood floors, or designing a new kitchen layout

Everything is clean and new, the paint is fresh, the floors are gleaming, and the room is…

Empty. 

Instead of stuffing in your old furniture and decor, take time to create a living space that fits your style and needs. Renovating a room or home gives you a clean slate for interior design. Every time we complete a house, we love seeing the final design come to life as each room gets staged.  You can get the first peek of The Fish Flip at our Reveal Party on August 8th! (RSVP today!)

In the meantime, take a look at our seven tips for interior design.

Find Furniture that fits the Room

No matter how gorgeous the couch (or table or chair) is in the display room, it will not look good in your house if the size isn’t right. Often, people go too big or too small with their furniture, and it throws off the rest of the design. 

If you are not sure what size or shape will fit best in a room, meet with an interior designer. Depending on your budget and preferences, designers can come in and help you develop a plan, do the shopping, and even arrange the furniture once it arrives. 

Salvage Goods

Incorporate what you already have! Just because you are redesigning a room doesn’t mean you have to buy all new items. Have an armchair that you love, but the color doesn’t go? Get it reupholstered. Coffee tables can be refinished, and often, all your furniture needs is a fresh coat of paint to become new again.

We love finding new places for salvaged items. Antique and rustic finds can be repurposed into statement pieces in any room. 

Mix and Match

Design today does need to be perfectly matching. Mixing and matching patterns, colors, and even metals adds an element of fun to your design. Be careful not to incorporate too many different designs because it could become visually overwhelming. Stay within the same color scheme, then choose two or three visually appealing patterns or textures to repeat throughout the room. 

Let Lighting be a Feature

There is no end to the design choices in lighting fixtures. Select lighting that goes with the overall theme of your room: rustic, modern, classic, or country. A modern chandelier can be incorporated as a statement piece in the dining area, while a lamp next to the couch can become a subtle design element. 

Invest in Art

Artwork by Kim Romero 

Art displays do not have to be expensive, but they should communicate your style. Instead of searching for a specific piece for that one wall, stroll through art, stopping when a piece catches your attention (we promise – you WILL find the perfect sport for pieces you love!).

Art can add a pop of color or become a focal point to the room. Remember that art comes in all forms – wall hangings, sculptures, statues, even a handmade vase is a piece of art. Showcase art that speaks to you. 

Incorporate Plants

Incorporating nature to your interior design adds color and a fresh look to any room. Plants also help to clean the air – we call that a win-win! Do some research on which plants do best with low levels of sunlight for indoor plants, so they last. Don’t have a green thumb? Many fake plants can pass as the real thing. You won’t get to added benefit in the air, but they will add to the decor of your home. 

Accent Walls

Accent walls can be incorporated with wallpaper, wood paneling, or color. An accent wall is perfect for people who want to go bold without going overboard. This is also an excellent solution for people who don’t want a lot hanging on the walls because, with the right design, an entire wall can turn into a piece of art. 

Do you have any interior design tips? Share them below!

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