If you’re wanting to change the way your home looks and feels, you can always rely on an interior decorator to take care of things for you. But if you’re wanting to potentially save yourself some money as well as learn a new skill, doing the decorating yourself is the way to go.
However, if you’ve never really thought much about interior decor in the past, you might have to do some educating of yourself before you’re ready to tackle your entire home. To help you with this, here are three tips for learning interior design before redecorating your home.
Start At The Right Place
One of the first things you should know about decorating your home is where to start in each room.
According to Cynthia Bowman, a contributor to MyMove.com, it’s best to start with the biggest item in the room when you’re decorating. Usually, this item will be the most expensive part of the room as well as the most viewed or seen part of the room. By starting here, you’ll be able to ensure that you get this piece right and can then work outward from it to get everything else to be inspired by this element.
Be Careful When Mulling Over Ideas
For people who aren’t experienced in interior design, it can be a challenge to translate what you want or what you like to what will actually work in your space. Because of this, you might have to spend some time really mulling over your ideas or the ideas that you’ve seen presented by other interior designers.
Keep in mind, however, that you absolutely want to be in love with everything that you use to decorate your home. If you have to try too hard to convince yourself that you like something even though you really don’t, Olivia Erwin, a contributor to House Beautiful, advises that you trust this instinct. Otherwise, you could wind up choosing things other people like over what you actually want to have in your home.
One of the biggest mistakes people make when decorating their own homes is that they over-decorate the space. Especially when you’re not exactly sure what you should or want to do to decorate, people often rely on doing more than they otherwise would, which can make a space look cluttered and busy.
To avoid this, J. Randall Powers, a contributor to ElleDecor.com, recommends that you learn to edit just as much as you learn about adding to design a room. If you think that something may not be working in a space, it usually isn’t. And in that case, you should remove it.
If you’re wanting to redecorate or redesign your home by yourself, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you learn how.