​Interior Design Done Right: Learning The Tricks of The Trade

Posted by Molly Turban on 31st Jul 2018

Its summertime and you finally managed to get away from work for a few days. For the last few weeks, you’ve flipped through magazines and browsed Pinterest boards looking for inspiration. After weeks of planning, you have decided to spend your staycation redesigning your living space.

With paint swatches in hand you are ready to find the perfect shade for that modern couch you picked up. Suddenly, a rush of uncertainty comes over you. Should you stay with neutral colors or is an accent wall in order? What’s the difference between high gloss paint and a matte?

Interior design can be a baffling subject for even the most seasoned home owner. This short guide will show you how to create your dream space. 

What’s Your Style?

The first rule of interior design is figuring out what you want your room to say. Your home should be an extension of both yourself and what you love.

Do you love simplicity and clean lines? A modern design scheme would be ideal. Do you dream of the grandiose architectural elements of historic mansions? A classical design scheme is perfect for you.

Before you begin redesigning your space take some time to brainstorm. Keep tabs on the images you love. By doing this, you will be able to see which design scheme  speaks to both you and your living space.

Think Tall

Although, many of us dream of cathedral ceilings and large windows, not every living space has these features. However, this doesn’t mean that a homeowner living in a smaller space cannot enjoy the elements these features bring to a home.

If you do have lower ceilings try using light color schemes to make the walls appear taller. It also helps to carefully consider the size of the accent pieces on your walls. In a recent article from House Beautiful, designer Todd Romano suggests using tall mirrors to “add scale to a room.” This can make rooms with lower ceilings feel like they have more height.

It’s also important to closely consider the furniture you place in rooms with lower ceilings. For example, a tall chest of draws or heavy piece will make your space appear more crowded. 

Choosing A Color Scheme

When choosing a color scheme consider each room’s needs. While a bright pallet might be perfect for a living room, the same color scheme could make a kitchen appear busy. For kitchens and dining rooms, a cooler color will make a space feel calmer and airy. A bright accent wall in the living room will breathe life into your home.

When in doubt, think neutral. Neutral colors are more flexible than other color schemes. Tans, greys, and whites are timeless. By sticking with neutral colors you won’t be left needing to repaint your walls a few months later.

Looking For The Perfect Piece?

With Urbilis’s wide array of accent pieces and furniture you can design the perfect space. So skip the frantic call to the interior designer. It turns out you might just be the perfect person to reclaim your home.