Interior Design Secrets You Need to Know

You don’t have to be a professional interior designer...

By Jessica Wing


Not everyone can go to school for years to learn all the ins-and-outs of professional interior design. But anyone can work on making their house look its best with these tips.


A Fresh Coat of Paint

First, pick your color scheme and stick with it. You should settle on a theme for the entire house, but it’s best to take on this project room-by-room. Since you will have to move furniture, you don’t want to tackle the whole house in one go. Try to pick earth tones that are going to complement each other as you move through each room of the house. Yellow is a popular choice if you have a country-themed kitchen. This redesign can be a bit pricey and fairly time consuming, but it will look amazing.




Go Low

If you have a smaller house with a low roof, you should stick with lower furniture. This will give your house the appearance of being larger than it really is. Adding mirrors is another way to create a bigger appearance, but don’t just go for sheet mirrors. Pick mirrors that feature designs on them.




Create a Focal Point

Another interior design trick is to put your favorite piece forward. Make it the centerpiece or focal point of a room. It can even become a conversation starter, depending on what it is.




Don’t Neglect Your Windows

Windows are often forgotten and overlooked. You can fix this by giving window frames a pop of color. Make sure the color you pick complements your existing color scheme, but don’t be afraid to get creative. You can also make or buy cute curtains to help spruce up dull window frames. When buying drapes or curtains, try to get them floor length. This will help give them a bigger appearance and make them appear softer.




Big Comfy Couch

Sometimes, it’s hard to spend money on a sofa and other big furniture purchases when you have kids. As much as we love them, they tend to ruin things. This shouldn’t stop you from buying a nice couch. You need comfort. You can research types of materials that are stain-resistant and easier to clean. This should help prolong the life of your furniture.




Let the Light In

Make sure you have good lighting. Natural lighting is almost always best, but installing extra windows in a room is not always practical or within the budget. Candles are also a good way to add ambient light. If the color in the room is darker, painting the ceiling is a great way to cut through the darkness. Try to follow the color scheme – just use a much lighter shade of the scheme color for the ceiling. This can also help make the ceiling seem higher than it actually is. This is a great technique to utilize in a kitchen where the cabinets go all the way to the ceiling.




Or Let the Dark in if You Dare

If you’re going to use a darker color scheme in a room, don’t be shy about it. Utilize the colors in everything from the furniture to the paint. Use the dark colors on the baseboards and the trim. This can be a good way to turn a dull room into an attractive space. If you’re going to go with a darker room, just try to make sure that you counter the darkness with plenty of natural lighting.




Another way to create the illusion having a bigger house is to install a glass shower door. Don’t settle for an opaque glass – go for clear. If you’re worried about the lack of privacy, just make sure to close the door. To help add to the illusion of size, use the same tiles throughout the bathroom, including on the bottom of your shower.


Following these few steps can be kind of pricey and take some time, but they will improve your home’s resale value, give your house a bigger appearance, and improve its overall look. You don’t have to be a professional interior designer to have a nice-looking house.



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