Is your home’s interior starting to feel boring and drab? What was once an inviting and invigorating space that made you smile might make you cringe.
It’s natural for our homes to feel uninspiring after so long. Even if you invested in a high-quality interior designer at one point.
Fortunately, there are many interior design ideas for you to breathe life back into your home.
The best part? You don’t need to be an interior design specialist nor do you need to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to liven up your home.
Just by adding a splash of color here or a new accessory there, you can make your home’s interior design feel like new. Or start redesigning from scratch to make your home a truly new and inspirational space.
Whatever your needs, here are some great interior design ideas that can bring your home to life.
The Importance of Interior Design
Interior design is the art of creating a space that is healthier, functional, and aesthetically pleasing. The result should be a space that is easy for the user to navigate and provides a welcoming feel.
The interior design, or lack thereof, can affect the mood of a person. A cluttered, messy space that is difficult to navigate creates feelings of stress and anger. A clean minimalist space that’s easy to move around in can cause calm, focused feelings.
Do you want your home to feel welcoming, calming, or inspiring? Or do you want it to feel stressful and uncomfortable?
Hopefully, your answer is the former. It’s not difficult to redo your home’s interior design to make it fit you.
The Best Interior Design Ideas
As you start looking for inspiration, you’ll find there are many interior design ideas out there. But not all are great or will fit your aesthetic preferences. Here are some of the best design ideas to inspire you.
Start By Decluttering
The biggest culprit to poor interior design is clutter. As humans, many of us like to collect items that have some meaning to us. Others are items we intend to use, someday… in the far future.
Going through items you don’t need or use is the first step of good interior design. Decluttering by cleaning and letting items go allows you to take stock and optimize the space you’re working with.
You’ll see exactly what kind of space you’ll be working with. You’ll be able to identify what elements work well and what needs improving.
Another advantage of decluttering first shows you what items you have to work with. There are many items, such as shells or books, that you can turn from clutter to decor. Just be careful not to clean one space and store unneeded items in another room.
Each Room is a Blank Canvas
After you clean your space, take note of the room’s unique features. This can be anything from bookshelves, wood floors, or a fireplace. These are unique features you can play up and make prominent in the final design.
To do this, keep these unique features clean and clutter-free. For example, don’t cover the majority of your wooden floor with a large expensive rug. Instead, use 1 or 2 smaller rugs to accentuate the floor.
With a clean space, it can be overwhelming trying to decide where to start. Professionals recommend starting small anywhere in the room. This can be redoing the wall art on a wall or reorganizing the existing furniture in one area.
Add a Splash of Color
Adding color makes a huge difference in a room. It’s a great way to liven it up or accent a wall. Plus, paint is affordable and easy to use.
There’s a color to match any feeling you want for your room. Add a splash of green or yellow to liven up your space. Or stick to muted tones and blues to make it feel calming and help with focus.
Earthy, pastel, and subdued colors like grays and clay browns, are a safe bet and are very popular this year.
Mix the Old with the New
A trend that’s been hanging around for a while now is mixing the old with the new. And they work beautifully together.
When looking through interior design ideas, consider mixing modern pieces with antiques. You can find many quality antiques at antique shops and flea markets for an affordable piece. Many furniture and home goods stores sell new pieces inspired by antiques.
Consider vintage lighting, chairs, or dinner tables.
Choose Good Lighting
Lighting doesn’t just have to help with seeing the room. Use light to draw attention to unique features in the room or create unique shadows with furniture, plants, and other accessories.
Invest in lamps and lights that fit well with your furniture or the feeling you’re going for in your room. Be careful not to get too carried away with too many lights or lamps that are too large for the space.
You’ll also want to think about the light bulbs. LED bulbs with lower wattage are both cost-efficient and will make a room feel warm and inviting.
Don’t forget about candles. Both flame and battery-operated candles offer a warm light that makes a space feel calm and cozy.
Basic Design Principles
Today’s hottest trends may look great now but in a few years, they will look old and outdated. Avoid this by sticking to basic design principles with your interior design ideas.
There are 7 main principles of interior design which will make a room feel fresh and balanced. They include:
Look for these principles in the flooring, walls, decor, furniture, and ceiling shapes. Use these principles to guide your design decisions and you’ll create a timeless space.
Bring the Outdoors Indoors
Bringing plants and outdoor furniture indoors is a great way to add life to your home, especially during the winter months. Patio pieces, such as an outdoor bench or colorful garden chairs can brighten up a kitchen table.
Plants, such as succulents and ferns, add a splash of color and life. Flowers are a great way to keep a room looking bright and lively. Consider trying monthly flower delivery to make keeping lively flowers in your home easier.
Yes, Less is Still More
With all the great interior design ideas out there, it can find yourself getting carried away. But remember: Less is more.
Adding too much color, accessories, or furniture will make a room look cluttered. This defeats the purpose of redesigning a room that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional.
You don’t need to fill every nook and cranny in a room. It’s okay to let a wall or a corner rest. This space will help make the elements you have, pop.
Add Throw Pillows
Or swap out the ones you have.
Throw pillows are an easy accessory to add color and accessorize a room. This is where you can take advantage of pattern and texture principles as well.
Find full throw pillows with bright colors and patterns. Or use pillow covers to spice up the color. Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns and colors.
Try swapping pillows or covers out when the seasons change. Thick velvety pillows are great for the winter and light cotton and canvas textures are perfect for the summer months.
Learn from Feng Shui
Based on ancient Chinese philosophy, Feng Shui is finding the balance and harmony between elements. It offers valuable inspiration for interior design.
If you feel your space is missing something, adding an element of Feng Shui can boost your inspiration and energy in the home.
Add Your Personality
Your home is an extension of yourself and should represent your lifestyle and personality.
Not sure where to begin? Start by identifying what elements you want in a home, such as design and layout. Draw inspiration from your favorite design styles and what you want the space to do.
If it’s your living room that you’re redesigning, you may want it to focus on comfort and relaxation. Maintain these feelings by keeping the room organized and decluttered. Add comfortable seating and throw pillows to make the room feel comfortable and inviting.
Express yourself through the use of color, pattern, and accents. Wallpaper, color, curtains, and artwork are a few ways to add a splash of personality.
Hang Wall Art
Hangable artwork includes anything from framed photos to your own framed DIY artworks. If you want your wall art to look good, then you need to have a plan.
Make sure the artwork is the proper size for the wall to avoid hanging a large art piece on a narrow strip of the wall. You can organize multiple pieces on one wall salon-style to give one wall extra emphasis.
You can also use framed mirrors to make the space feel larger and brighter, too. Remember, you don’t need to fill every wall.
Start Your Redesign Today
With the top interior design ideas, you’re sure to create a lively room that fits your personality and lifestyle. You’ll feel happier, healthier, and more energized with a fresh well-designed home.
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