Looks are everything when it comes to interior design, whether it’s your living room or lobby of your small business. A well-matched and cohesive design will add to the comfort of your home and appeal of your business (that is, when done correctly).
There are many simple ways to increase the general vibe of your space like adding new furniture, painting, or installing Window Factory’s sliding windows to add more natural light.
Here are five ways to completely upgrade the appearance of your living or workspace.
1. Don’t Be Afraid of Color
Paint is an easy and cost-effective way to completely change the overall look and mood of your space. Lighter colors can make a room look larger while darker tones will decrease the size the room appears to be. Yellows and oranges are associated with “happy” feelings, red and purple with “passion” and blues with “comfort and calm.”
If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of painting multiple walls, try color blocking. This technique involves using colors on opposite ends of the color wheel that create fantastic color combinations, like yellow and purple.
If painting at all is too much work, add color with furniture, wall art, and other decor.
2. Use Lighting Effectively
Light makes all the difference in a room. A room with more light, especially natural light, will visually add to the size of the space. However, a room with no light or no windows will look dramatically smaller than a space with windows, even if they’re the exact same size.
Installing sliding windows is one way to increase lighting but there are many types of ways to brighten up your space. Lamps are traditional and always effective. You could also always install new light fixtures that can be dimmed to match the mood.
3. Know Your Space
Not everyone can afford big, luxurious office or living spaces and that’s okay. It’s important to understand the size of your room before decorating. Large, bulky furniture will not only make it extremely difficult to navigate the space but also be visually unappealing. Measure furniture before you buy and don’t overload the room.
Less furniture also leaves room for more decor, plants, art, and more. Also, minimalism is the new trend so remember — less is more.
4. Add Texture
Adding texture to a room can sound complicated but is actually a lot easier than it sounds. Doing so makes your space a lot more interesting. This can be done by keeping diversity in your decor.
Switch up the types of rugs, throws, or accent pillows to avoid repetitive patterns. Little decorations like table pieces are visually appealing and easy on the wallet. If you prefer going for a more sophisticated look, introducing antique furniture pieces can really highlight the charm of your home or office.
Add green to your space. Flowers and succulents can really make a space feel more natural. Don’t worry if you don’t have a green thumb. Fake plants work just as well and don’t require any plant knowledge.
5. Show Your Personality
Lastly, and most importantly, your space should be a reflection of you. If your heart is in it, your living room or bedroom will match your personality and your business or office space will match the company values and mission.
Keeping up with trends is fun but remember not to leave your own style behind!
Interior design can be stressful and difficult for beginners but it’s not impossible. Following these few simple tips and tricks when it comes to decorating will leave your home or business looking fresh and welcoming.