If you thought that interior designers follow a secret rule book, you are wrong. There is nothing standardized about home decoration. Every room, every niche and corner should reflect the personality of the owner and members of the family. Artifacts, paintings and furniture are all a matter of individual tastes. This is the reason why it is necessary to have extensive consultations between the designer and the owner before any home improvement project is initiated. Further, technologically advanced design software can show you in 3D on a monitor, what your completed interior decor will look like enabling you to make modifications at the planning stage itself.

Even though every home decoration is unique and exclusive, here is a rough guide to ensure a great result every time. These are tried and tested tricks that usually work.

Keep the painting for last

It is natural that you would want to move into a well-painted house to avoid the hassles of moving furniture around and rolling up carpets later. But you have to remember that there are thousands of paint colours, tints and hues and each one looks different from home to home. The reason is that light sources vary and the ultimate look of a paint job depends mainly on where the light is bouncing off the walls. Additionally, the paint should complement your furniture, the upholstery and the rugs and that can only be possible after you have moved in.

Do not overcrowd a room

Give your furniture lots of breathing room so that every piece selected by you stands out and get individual attention. Filling your room to the gills with pieces picked up from the flea markets will result in unnecessary clutter and make moving around the rooms difficult. Further, simple pieces give off an airy and lived-in look. For example, instead of having a long cabinet style bed head that runs along the width of the bed and stays empty most of the time, opt for king bed heads that can simply be propped up against the wall at the head of the bed. You will get various designs and patterns in this category to match any decor. The point is to have few but high-quality pieces of furniture that exude a sense of class and sophistication. 

Create a focal point

In design, there is always a focal point in a room with everything else being supporting actors taking a secondary role. Do not have multiple focal points as it will have a lot of visual noise. Choose the focal point carefully. It might be a piece of art (sculpture or painting) in the living room, a rattan headboard in the bedroom or a dramatic hood in the kitchen. Ensure that you set up the lighting in a manner that the eye, as soon as someone enters the room is brought to the center of the composition and stays there.

Arranging furniture on a rug

There is a method of organizing sofa sets, chairs or coffee tables on a rug and there are three ways to do so. The first is to have all the legs of furniture on the rug. It gives a sense of luxury. However, keep a foot of floor surface exposed all around the border.  The second is where all the legs are off the furniture and is suited for a small room. The rug should touch the legs of tables and chairs to show that the layout has been planned instead of the rug being just an afterthought. The last is when only the front legs are over the rug. This creates the feeling of openness and clear space with the rug bringing all the components of seating together.  

Add layers of lighting

Have layers of lighting to highlight various aspects of a room. Where everything is lit evenly in a room, nothing of interest really stands out. One central light fixture does not have as much a dramatic effect as multiple light points. Pick out focal and secondary points of interest and highlight those with light. Install general ambient lighting as well as some lower lighting like table lamps for effect and a touch of intrigue.   

These are just some basic guidelines for decorating your home. What you choose to do will bring out the creativity and uniqueness in you.

Published by Tranding Stories