Interior design is important in creating a house that feels like a home, but it’s not always easy to create your dream home without spending a fortune on a major renovation project. Luckily, it’s possible to change the way your property looks just by learning a few tips and techniques. You don’t need to be a highly skilled craftsperson to create a home interior you can be proud of.
Why is interior design important?
Interior design reflects your personality and style – and plays no small part in making your home look more inviting. With a thoughtfully decorated and tastefully styled home, you’ll not only impress visitors but potentially increase the value of your property.
Ready to get stuck in? Here’s how to shape up your home interior without the stress of an extension, conversion, or lengthy renovation project.
Tips for beautiful home interiors: The DIY approach
- Using vertical space
‘Dead space’ usually refers to empty areas in your home that aren’t being used for a purpose like relaxing or eating. If you have some dead space to fill, why not fill it vertically? Tall, slim fittings and furnishings could work wonderfully in the hallway or near the stairs, for example.
In the kitchen or washroom, you could also use stylish vertical radiators to increase floor space and give the room a sleek, clean design. Paired with a mirror on the opposite side, it’s one of the easiest ways to make the room look bigger.
- Getting the lighting right
Natural and artificial lighting both play a significant role in shaping your interior. Used effectively, lighting can define your interior style and carve space within your home, giving each space its own purpose.
So, whether it’s hanging three ceiling pendants above a kitchen island or using plush curtains for a cosy atmosphere, layered lighting should always be your goal. Look for ways to experiment with height, texture, and brightness to make sure each room is beautifully illuminated.
- Painting and decorating
Using just a paintbrush or roller, you can paint the walls or furniture inside your home. From striking feature walls to beautiful colour schemes flowing through each room, a few different shades could make a big impact. In fact, painting your front door red could increase the value of your home by up to 36 per cent!
If you’d like to add a dash of colour but you don’t want to paint the walls, why not coat a bookshelf in a dark grey or neutral shade instead? Along with providing practical storage, this could give your interior some character.
- Choosing stylish furniture
Even if you’ve put a lot of effort into your living room, the effect could be spoiled by outdated furniture. Something large, like an L-shaped sofa, could quickly dominate the entire room and turn attention away from thoughtful details like colour schemes and art on the walls.
If you’ve been hanging onto some old, outdated furniture for too long, it might be time to say goodbye. Think about the other fabrics and textures in your home before choosing your new sofa, though. When it comes to creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere in your interior, material matters more than you might expect.
You can transform your home with a little bit of time and effort.
Just remember that if you’re making any structural changes to your home, you might need to seek planning permission. And if you’re working near electrical wiring or feel out of your depth, don’t hesitate to consult a professional opinion.