Unfortunately there is no interior design rule book, or home decor bible for us all to follow when styling our homes, but this does mean that we all have much more freedom in creating a space that is truly unique and reflective of our own individual style. With so much "creative rope" to work with it can be hard to know where to start so we've put together a few tips a tricks as a guide to help you get started.
1. Invest in a good rug. Rugs give warmth, texture, and colour to a space and are a great way of tying in the colours and patterns of your artwork and cushions. While tiles and floorboards are beautiful and easy to maintain, they lack the comfort especially in the cooler months so a rug is a good way of softening a space and making it feel warmer. You can also use rugs of several varying patterns and fabrics together to showcase your character.
2. Add a mirror to the space. The use of mirrors can make a smaller space feel larger, and fill large spaces with more light when placed opposite a window. Mirrors can also be used instead of artwork to fill empty wall space and add depth to a room.
3. Choose you're paint last. Try to pick your paint colour AFTER you've picked your furniture, rugs, artwork and decretive pieces. This will ensure you can match your wall colour perfectly to your home decor. We know this may mean a bit of extra work but there are hundreds (thousands even) of colours and shades to choose from so the only way you're going to get it 100% right is to select your furnishing colours first and match the wall colour last.
4. Be bold in your decor choices. Make your own statement and have fun with the space, the more you try to follow a particular style without adding your own key pieces the more generic the space will become. Personality is what makes a room so try to incorporate statement pieces that reflect your individuality.
5. Wallpaper or paint your bookcase/shelves. This will brighten and re-energize any space, especially if you use a bright colour or bold contrasting wallpaper. This is one of the cheapest ways to transform a boring space and bookcases are an ideal place to start because its far less hassle than painting an entire room. Alternatively you could paint or wallpaper a fireplace mantel, the insides of closet, hallways and ceilings for a similar effect.
6. Mix your patterns. Mixing patterns of different colours and sizes can transform a mundane room into something fabulous. But mixing patterns isn't quiet as easy as it might look, the trick is to mix large and small patterns together (don't put two small/busy patterns together, instead pair a small pattern together with a larger pattern). You can also mix different patterns in the same colour and just play around with the size and textures until you're happy with it.
7. Choose the right lighting. Lighting is very important in creating the right mood and feeling in a room. It's important to be practical and light areas like the kitchen and laundry well for functionality, while mood lighting is more important in places of leisure such as the living room and bedroom. Pendant lights are beautiful and functional additions to dining rooms and over kitchen benches where floor and table lamps are perfect to create mood lighting.