Design Considerations for Upgrading One’s Home Interior

Whether moving into a new home or flat or simply ready for a change of interior, the process of arranging our possessions and decorating our living space has an immense impact on our outlook, energy and life in general. Change is as good as a rest, and this is never truer than with one’s home interior. Everyone should make a point to regularly consider their living space and surroundings. Here are some of the things to review and consider when regarding one’s interior design.

Balance
The days when a room’s style had to be perfectly aligned are gone, but it is important that each element of a room contributes to the overall look. This could also be called the harmony of a room. Carefully regard each area to see if there are elements or pieces that do not fit with the overall aesthetic. Those that do not fit should be replaced with a better complement to the room’s design.

Theme
This is important to determine as it provides a means to judge the fit of new or existing elements in the room. This can be specific, like a specific period, color or nature theme, or more general like cozy or modern. In any case, good room design carries a theme. Further, be sure that room to room the theme of each does not compete or clash.

Focus.
Consider the entry points to a room and look for a focus point. This could be a piece of furniture, art, wall hanging or a collection. Well-designed rooms have a visual draw, but make sure whatever it is, it does not overwhelm the room.

Proportions & Scale.
This is mainly considered with regard to furnishings, but one should also judge other elements such as wall art and hangings, rugs and other room accoutrement’s. Be sure things are not competing or being overwhelmed by an overly dominant element.

Color
Volumes have been written on the subject, but suffice to say colour has a major impact on the look and energy of a room. One thing many overlook is the use of contrast or complementary colour choice to help avoid overwhelming a room with a dramatic choice. This is where colour wheels can be very helpful.

Furnishings
Many room designs are dictated by the furniture. If a wholesale change is desired it is important to start with the furniture. Consider the flow and, of course, proportions of the room. More and more people are commissioning custom furniture pieces to serve as an anchor or focus point. This can also be useful if faced with space challenges where a custom size or proportion is important.

Lighting
This is often an underappreciated element of interior design. Each room’s lighting scheme should be considered in regard to the four lighting types: general, task, and accent and decorative. Look to achieve a balance, but do not forget that dramatic lighting can help bring focus to a room. It is well worth also considering the uses and occasions for each room and designing a lighting plan for each.

Perhaps the most important tip is to review one’s home interior with a critical and specific eye. Often wholesale changes are not necessary to significantly upgrade the look of a home’s interior. To help determine specific areas for upgrade and improvement, it can be helpful to quite literally score a room on the aforementioned criteria. This can be immensely helpful as one looks for solutions and upgrades by helping to give focus to one’s search efforts. Sometimes just a little change can make all the difference.