Interior Design 101

Interior Decorating 101: How to Decorate your Home even if you don’t have the Eye for it

For the average folk, interior design and decorating can seem overwhelming, especially if you don’t have the natural flair. But don’t fret. You can still create a beautiful home with just the basic knowledge and a few techniques.  Here are three simple beginner-friendly methods to use when decorating your home.

Create a vision board 

Before diving into it, take the time to figure out what you want first. Creating a vision board is a great way to figure what you like and what you don’t like. Start off by searching through places like blogs, portfolios, and magazines and save any image you like. You can easily do this on Pinterest, which already has an extensive database of interior design and decorating ideas. You can do it old-school style by cutting out photos from magazines and pinning them onto a corkboard. But remember, don’t just choose styles you think should be right; select images that speak to you.  

Choose a theme

Now that you have your vision board ready see if you can find a theme. At this point, it may be worth getting to know the different interior design lingos. While there may be hundreds of different terminologies, you can just start off with the basics. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself: 

  • Do you like modern or vintage?
  • Are you more of a minimalist or maximalist?
  • Do you prefer eclectic or something more uniform?
  • Would you rather have bright colors or a neutral palette? 

Once you have an idea of a theme you like, you can do a bit more research into the different interior designs that match your preferences, like mid-century, art deco, colonial, etc. 

Choose a focal point for each room

A focal point in design and décor is an item or feature in the room that ties everything together. It can be already built-in, like a fireplace in a living room or a Victorian-style bay window. However, a focal point can also be a beautiful piece of art on the wall or a gorgeous pattern rug. Think of your focal point as the main star of the show, while every other element in the room is a supporting character.

When picking and choosing decorative items, make sure the color and texture complement the focal point and your chosen theme. For example, suppose you have a colorful piece of artwork and want to achieve a minimalistic theme. In that case, you can opt for decorative items that are neutral in color to help the artwork stand out. 

Takeaway

Interior design is truly an art form, as many professional designers and decorators will need years of training before they can break into the field. But, by the end of the day, you don’t need extensive knowledge of interior design terminology – that’s just for the experts. What you do need to know is what you feel happiest and most comfortable in. So, happy decorating!

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