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4 Interior Design Tricks That Can Beautify Your Home

Whether you’ve just moved or are looking for a quick, little home pick-me-up, or perhaps something more significant, there are some well-known interior design tricks that designers employ that you too can easily do with minimal effort and cost.  Sometimes the smallest things make the greatest impact. It could be the addition of a mirror, a painting, a lamp or even a plant. Maybe you want to soften your walls, brighten a room, or add some warmth to your living space. Take a look at these 4 clever design tips and see how they can inspire you!


  1. Paint smaller rooms in softer, lighter colours to help make the room feel larger.

The living room above is a great example of how to maximize a small living space. A room of this size has the tendency to seem cramped, but the large windows, light colour walls and ample use of mirrors not only reflect the natural light pouring in from the doors and the windows but the use of mirrors also gives the optical illusion of space, making the room seem larger than it actually is. Conversely, darker colours will make a room feel smaller. Even with the abundance of natural light and the strategic placement of the mirrors, this room in a darker shade would have a more boxed-in feel to it.


  1. Use decorative mirrors to add instant light to your living space.

Mirrors can also be used to make a small space feel larger. For larger rooms, or any room with a more limited amount of natural light, mirrors placed directly across from the windows, will add instant light. Decorative mirrors can also be used in lieu of art to fill empty wall space. Large or small, mirrors add light and dimension to your living space.


  1. Use what you already have to decorate.

We all have items in our possession, probably packed up in boxes somewhere and haven’t given them a second glance. Your home needs some accessories. Instead of running to the store, take a good look at what you already have. Trays, wooden, acrylic, metal or silver can be placed on top of luggage racks, tea carts, trunks, bedside tables and coffee tables for extra texture and dimension. Arrange candles on them, frames or pile books on top of them. Plates can be hung to create wonderful wall art. Art from children’s books can be framed and hung in nurseries, children’s rooms or their bathrooms. You will be amazed at what you can do with what you already have!


  1. Go green.

Add plants to your living space. Add them to every room, small or large, few or many. Plants are an inexpensive means to accessorizing your space and adding colour and texture. Not only are plants beautiful but many can clean household air and balance humidity. They can absorb pollutants and remove harmful gases from the air. No home should be without these wonderful greens!


What inspired you? Personally, I’m just mad about being minimalistic rather than having many decorative things. Well, it is up to you how you want to decorate your home.

3 Principles of Interior Design

Before painting and rearranging, spend some time thinking about your family and how you live. Look through magazines for inspiration and pull out ideas or rooms that appeal to you. Gather things from around the house that make you feel good and study them carefully for colour cues and perhaps a clue to the mood you’re looking for in your home. This is the beginning of a well-planned and decorated living area.

Here are the 3 principles of interior design:



Decorating is more than just eye appeal. It’s making a room really work for you. Here’s how to do it, element by element:


The focal point: Sometimes rooms have natural focal points, places the eyes travel to immediately upon entering a room like the fireplace, a bay window with a view, maybe even a built-in bookcase. If the room doesn’t have a natural focal point, create one with a dynamic piece of art or a colourful area rug.


The furniture: Determine whether the furniture satisfies the functions you’ve planned for the room. If a piece isn’t working or if it’s too large or too small for the size of the room, get rid of it or trade it for something else around the house that may be more appropriate.


The lighting: Lighting should be selected for the functions of the room as well as for visual appeal. Every task will require either direct lighting from a lamp or indirect lights that simply brighten the room for conversation or TV-watching.


The furniture arrangement: Draw your room on graph paper. Measure and mark electrical outlets and switches, vents, windows and doors. Measure your furniture and place it in your floor plan. Be sure to balance high and low pieces as well as heavy and light ones around the room.



The mood or feeling of a room is created by your choice of colours, the style of furnishings, the amount of texture and pattern you choose and your accessories. Since there’s so much to think about when creating a mood, establishing a theme through the selection of an inspiration piece can make this portion of a decorating project much more fun and interesting.



Here’s your chance to put your personal stamp on a well-planned room. Here are some strategies:


Accessorizing: Pictures, vases, pillows and area rugs are all integral parts of a great decorating plan. Generally, they should support your theme, but allow more flexibility here; an antique picture frame could add wonderful variety to a contemporary room.


Whimsy: This is optional in your decorating scheme, but it can counteract any sterile quality that may have been created by strictly following all the guidelines. A beautiful country sitting room may get some relief from a playful quilt placed over the fireplace.


The unexpected: Interest doesn’t have to be whimsical; it can simply be something unexpected in a room, like a brightly-painted ceiling.


A beautifully decorated interior not only functions well but it creates a mood or a feeling and shows off the personality of the family that lives there. Its attention to these three important ingredients, that ensures decorating success!



Concepts Of Interior Design

Most people don’t really consider interior design to be all that important, and compared to other things that is probably true. However interior design is a valuable service that you should not discount the value of. The main reason that interior design is important is that it makes your home look nicer. The simple fact is that having a house that looks nicer is going to make you like it better and that makes design important.

Whether you’re redecorating one room or hiring a professional designer to revamp your entire living space, it helps you to understand the basics of interior design and what they encompass. A design is an orderly arrangement of five basic elements:

  • Colour: The creator of illusion and maker of mood.
  • Form: The overall shape of any object.
  • Line: The implied direction or boundary of an object.
  • Mass: The bulk of an object that occupies space.
  • Texture: The touch me, feel me of matter.


All artists, whether painters, sculptors, architects, or interior decorators work with these same basic elements to achieve certain effects, all of which must work together to form a unified whole.


But these five elements alone aren’t enough to generate a successful design. Five components of composition round out the list of designer’s terms:

  • Focal point: This is the point of visual reference to which the eye always returns, a “home base.”
  • Scale and proportion: Scale refers to overall size, while proportion relates the size of parts compared to the whole. Keep these two factors in mind when selecting furniture.
  • Harmony and unity: Harmony refers to the blending of similar elements, while unity refers to the overall sense of belonging together. This is a goal, so keep it in mind as you add each new piece of furniture or accessory.
  • Contrast: Contrast places opposites side by side, such as black and white or hard and soft. The challenge is to balance contrast, so as to maintain a sense of overall unity. Add contrast in small doses. Be careful not to overdo it and thus upset a sense of harmony of parts and overall unity.
  • Variety: Variety is the spice of life and the spice of interiors. Include variety within a single room as well as within a whole-house design.


Without sufficient and distinct contrast which can be subtle, a room can look deadly dull. If a room has too much contrast or too much variety, it looks confused. Your job as the decorator is to come up with a recipe that has just enough but never too much of the elements that make for a beautiful, functional room.


Interior design really plays a big role in the everyday life. It introduces people to beauty, relaxation, and modernism. Interior design is an important technique that is given a high attention all over the world nowadays. People’s interest in having a nice and attractive design for private and public buildings is increasing. This shows the importance of interior design nowadays. I would love to constantly change my home design as it is a way for me to be creative with my home and so as not to feel the design as dull and repetitious.



Minimalist Interior Designs Are a Better Option

There’s no place like home. At least that’s what we all want to think, but is your home making you stressed out? Do you walk in the door after a long day of work only to be greeted by piles of laundry, dishes and dust bunnies?  Did you ever consider the idea that your home could be increasing your stress levels? Could your home actually be making you depressed? Depression is no laughing matter! Our homes are supposed to be our sanctuary. The place to escape and unwind.

Let’s look at some ways to change your home from a depressing domicile to a mood-enhancing manor. The first step is to look toward a minimalist interior. Yes, minimalists may be happier in their homes for many reasons.


I am a very proud minimalistic person. You can see it the way I dress and the way my home is. It is actually good and here is why minimalist interiors are also good for you:


Your Home Interior Can Make You Sick

Emerging research is showing that your homes lighting, space, and room design can affect how you feel. These studies have lead the creation of a new field of architecture called, Neuro-architecture. This is a very exciting, innovative development whereby neuro- science is combined with architecture in order to create modern designs that are effective, functional and even possibly healing.


Here are a few home designs that could be causing your bad mood:

  • If a room is too cluttered, then you can become anxious.
  • If a room is too dark, then you can become depressed or feel gloomy.
  • If a room is too bright, then you can feel stressed and hurried.
  • If a room is too small, then you can feel cramped, trapped or closed-in.
  • None of those scenarios sound like the welcoming retreat we crave.


Colour Can Affect Your Mood

Most minimalist interiors have a simple approach to colour. Keep it light and simple. You will notice that minimalist homes usually have rather large windows that allow natural light to fill the room. You may also notice that wall colours are usually quite neutral, with a splash of modern red or other bold colours used sparingly via accent walls or accessories.


These light, neutral colours allow a home to feel open, inviting and airy. Doesn’t that sound relaxing? It certainly sounds like the type of environment that would make you happy.


Neutral, simplistic rooms allow our brains to process the room as a whole, without causing our eyes to flit about between confusing, bright colours and small knick knacks.


If you want to add pops of colour into your home, then do it in a balanced manner by adding hints of the same colour throughout the room. For example, red cushions on your sofa balanced with red vases flanking your fireplace mantle and maybe some red picture frames on a side table. All of these accents match and give a room a sense of balance while avoiding the boredom of a plain neutral room.


And these are just some of the reason why minimalistic interior designs are for you.


Is your home making you grumpy? Would you consider a minimalist interior to see if it will make you happier?