Balanced interior – the main source of cosiness of the house. The convenience of being inside depends on how rational the space in the house is used, therefore, interior design is the first thing to think through. But this process as well as designing is often time and energy consuming, stressful, and expensive. Some people are afraid of this, especially without designer services. But some of them are brave and put all the efforts to implement everything on their own. This article will break the stereotypes about the fact, that renovation and design is impossible to produce on a high level using just own skills. We will provide you with some advice, strategy and understanding of how to do it. Starting the design we usually don’t know from where we should start: go to IKEA or other furniture shops popular in your country and start to buy some design elements, construction materials or furniture, or to find an inspirational pictures first? Let’s divide the whole process step by step.
Step 1. Good design is never achieved without idea
Stop for a moment and ask several questions: What would you like to feel while being inside the house? If coming back after a hard day you would like to rest- there is one color spectrum, if you work at home or you spend most time there -there will be totally different color spectrum. Think about the channels of inspiration: maybe nature, music, art or idols? This all may totally influence the overall decoration.
Step 2. Preparation of room layout
Any design idea may be faced with the inability to match it into the existing dimensions. Therefore, exact measurement of the premises is the basis of the future project. Here you need a pencil and paper, or computer. You may use planners like HomeByMe, Homestyler, SmartDraw. All you need to do is to make all needed measurements and draw a plan of the rooms. First you need to set the scale on paper. Next, draw the axis of the house and the walls. It is necessary to accurately identify all measurements to avoid problems during furniture placement. Then you must sign each room and mark the area in square meters. This step is important as room layout will show you all the spaces which makes the process of furnituring easier. What is more, you will have a clear vision of where the windows, doors, corners, arches, internal partitions are situated and of course the best placement for furniture will be visible.
Step 3. Time for searching similar interiors
When you have room layout ready you may see the placement of the rooms. Use the internet sources like Pinterest, our Viscato portfolio, interiordesign.net or magazines, such as “House Beautiful”, “Dwell”, “Country Living” to look for design which may be comparable. Moreover, you may use photoshop to create a collage, or just glue and pictures to gather all the design items on the paper. This step will help you to not forget anything, because during renovation and design we have plenty of information, so it is very easy to miss something. When you come to the store, you will compare furniture and materials with an example you made and will not buy something that does not fit together at all. This will be your starting point. Adequacy of dimensions of furniture and space is something important to pay attention to. For instance, if the room is small, you should avoid bulky furniture and vice versa, with low ceilings, lockers should be chosen from floor to ceiling to make the room taller.
Step 4. Interior style choice
We would like to recommend you to look through the main design types and learn about it better. For example, classical type is famous for using expensive, antique items, old books, royal velvet and old tree furniture. There are such styles as minimalism, modern, high-tech, scandinavian and others, among which you will definitely determine yours. Do not invent complex architectural elements. Aspire to simplicity but balance.
Step 5. Determining color scheme
Colors may create a special mood inside us, relax or tire. We don’t want to point out which colors you should use- this is up to you, but the best option is to have 4-5 favourite colors. First is going to be the main color of the walls, second- color for big objects like curtains, furniture, fourth and fifth colors will be dedicated to small objects. The most universal color schemes contains neutral or pastel colors, and the brightest and favourite color is used for larger parts.
Step 6. Furniture placement
We recommend you to fulfill the interior gradually. Why? Because in half-ready room it will be easy to imagine the missing piece of furniture and asses it. In order to evaluate a particular arrangement of furniture, it is convenient to use room layout we talked about earlier. Be sure the furniture doesn’t interfere with movement around the room. One more advice- do not forget about the room zoning. Zoning is a necessary part of any room: in the kitchen it is area for dining, in the living room there is a soft corner with sofa with TV set. It makes the room functional and helps to prevent irrational use of space.
We hope we ensured you that everything is possible without even having any special skills and this article was useful for you. The last things we would like to propose- be considerable to every little thing and do not run after trends and opinions of others. Your design should reflect exactly you condition and mood, as well as any art. Self-dependent creation of a design project has one strong advantage- no one will tell you exactly what to do and will not bring down the wave of creativity while performing a design of a dream. If you search for inspiration, we invite you to check our portfolio where you may find variety of design ideas for any taste.