The prospect of designing your own home can be both terrifying and exciting, especially if you are doing it for the first time. You finally have the freedom to follow your wildest design dreams, from bold colours to innovative new furniture, but this comes with the worry of making a mistake or changing your mind about something once it is already too late. For example, there’s nothing worse than painting an entire room green before realising that you’ve never actually liked the colour.
As a result, you must take the time to carefully consider exactly how you want your home to look, taking inspiration from others and drawing out sketches of your ideal home. Doing so will minimise the chance of mistakes you’ll regret later. Here are some tips to guide you through the home design process.
1. Search for Inspiration
If you have a particular theme or aesthetic in mind for your house, be sure to search far and wide for inspiration surrounding that theme. Create a mood board, using photographs from websites such as Pinterest and sample paints from local stores to find your perfect fit. Using photographs will allow you to build a clear picture in your mind of exactly what you want and is especially useful if you aren’t the most artistic.
However, what happens when you find a photograph of the perfect piece of furniture but no information about where you can get your hands on it?
Luckily, Google’s advanced image search can come in handy. The free software allows you to ‘reverse image search’ and will show you all of the different times the product has appeared online – pointing you in the right direction for purchase. It is also useful for searching for inspiration photographs.
2. Think like an interior designer
Not everyone can afford to ask for the advice of an interior designer, but that doesn’t mean we can’t emulate their work. The trick is to focus on the bigger picture first. Decide an aesthetic, then a colour scheme, then bring in the furniture to match. Or, if you have found a perfect piece of statement furniture, find a way to develop a colour scheme around that. Don’t buy items because you love them, ensure they work with your room.
3. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, do it yourself!
DIY can really make a huge difference to your home, giving it a personal touch you won’t find in store. Whether this means you create your own prints to add a finishing touch to your bedroom or try and build your own bespoke furniture, you are sure to love the final result. Furthermore, although it may take longer to complete a task, partaking in some DIY can save you plenty of money – in some cases, you won’t even need to visit the DIY store!
4. Thrift your way to completion
Home renovations and design can be expensive, therefore it’s always worth having a quick look around local thrift or second-hand stores. You never know when you might find a hidden gem amongst the shelves.