Whether you are starting with a blank space or want to refresh your current home, successfully styling a room can be a challenging task. If you struggle to make furniture and decor look cohesive and intentional, it might be a good idea to understand the basics of interior design and decorating. Balancing style, color, pattern, and texture certainly takes a trained eye, but it is a process that can be learned by all.
Narrowing in on your interior design style is the first step you will want to take when styling a new space. There are hundreds of variations of design styles and they can be taken in many different directions. You will want to start with style in a very general sense and then focus in. Do you prefer a more modern style or more traditional? Modern elements will incorporate straight lines and feel a little inorganic whereas traditional elements will feature curves and turns and natural textures. Once you decide on a more modern or more traditional approach to your design, you will pull in other design styles. Examples of modern interior design styles include industrial, mid-century modern, and contemporary. Examples of traditional interior design styles include classic, rustic, and transitional. Elements from all design styles can be combined together if done so in an intentional way. You will want to use a balanced number of pieces from each design style you wish to blend. If you need help understanding what each design style looks like, there are lots of resources online from blogs to social media posts that can help you see what types of furniture and decor are used for each particular style.
Color is a very important aspect of interior design. There are two aspects to consider when determining the color palette for your space: how much color you will use and what shades of color. You might decide to have a relatively neutral space by using mostly shades of white, beige, brown, grey, and black. Or you could design a very bold, colorful space using bright colors on your walls and in your main furniture pieces. Or you could find a balance between the two focusing on just a few pops of color in the mostly neutral space. There are no rights or wrongs when it comes to color as long as it is used in a cohesive manner. After deciding how much color you want to use, you will determine the exact colors to use. The color wheel might come in handy for you here as colors that are exactly opposite from each other tend to pair well together – think blue and orange or purple and yellow. If you are opting for a more neutral color palette with a few pops of color, using earth tones is usually a safe bet. Earth tones are more muted versions of colors such as maroon, golden yellow, sage green, or sky blue.
PATTERN AND TEXTURE
To bring additional interest to your design, incorporate patterns and textures. Use complimentary patterns on sofas, accent chairs, and rugs. Patterns can also be incorporated in artwork. Patterns can be subtle using just a few colors or more bold. Common patterns used in fabrics include plaid, gingham, and buffalo check. In more neutral designs where you most likely will not use many patterns, it is important to focus on textures. Textures add visual interest without the need for much variation in color. You can add texture by using drapery, rugs, blankets, baskets, pillows, and other similar items.
If you are ready to get started with designing your own interior space, contact BeDESIGN today! Our expert team of interior design professionals can help guide you along the way as you select furniture pieces that fit your style, color, pattern, and texture preferences. We offer a sophisticated collection of designer furniture guaranteed to max a statement in your space.