1. Create a focal point for every room.
Begin by creating a focal point of the room. This is crucial at the initial design stage as it determines what the main purpose or feature of a room will be. Perhaps it's your dining table in the dining room, or the large island in the kitchen, or a chandelier above? Whatever your focal point is, make it apparent and place everything else according to this new focal piece, and soon all eyes will be drawn to it.
2. Choose your lighting well.
Lighting is the most important aspect of any room, you could have the most amazing feature wall, statement rug or even coffee table, but without great lighting this can look dull and completely change the style you were initially going for. Deciding where you place lighting is dependent on the type of room you may have. So if you have a bathroom, you could invest in some simple flush lighting, whereas a living room with ample ceiling space will allow you to go for a larger statement piece with exposed bulbs for more light. Also, don't forget natural light and taking advantage of any large windows or doors.
3. Use plants, books & other existing possessions to decorate.
A great way to add some personality and character to your rooms is to use everyday objects such as books, plants and clothing to decorate it. You can have a large shelved wall and arrange all your personal possessions which instantly brings life to your room and makes it feel more homely. Don't forget to take a #shelfie ;)
4. Hide clutter.
No one likes clutter! Be sure to hide all unwanted possessions which could mess up the look of your home. This can instantly transform your space and give it a more open, airy feel. There are all forms of storage which can also double up as seating which is a great space saving solution.
5. Let your furniture breath - give it some space.
If your sofa is pushed up against the wall, move it as little as 10cm and you'll see one little change can make all the difference! Giving your furniture some space is crucial if you wish to obtain some depth in your bedroom or living area. If you have enough space, let your furniture simply breathe!
6. Hang artwork at the right height.
Nowadays, there is no right and wrong way to hang artwork. You can keep it in the centre of a wall, to the side, above a console table, lean it against the wall or even have a collage of different sized art in frames (or without) mounted across a large wall above your sofa. With so many variations to choose from, be sure to explore and see what works best for your space and personality.
7. Be confident with colour.
Don’t shy away from bold vibrant colours, be confident and explore outside your comfort zone. The days of magnolia paint is far behind us. If you like to keep it simple just paint your walls plain white, but if you're a bit of a daredevil - paint your walls black or try painting your wardrobe a vibrant colour to add even more drama to your space!
8. Mix up patterns with textures.
By mixing up different patterns and textures, you can easily let your personality shine through your home. This is crucial if you want to be in a space which reflects your personality. So if you like stripes, chevrons or polka dots, mix it up with bold colours to bring life to your room.
9. Choose a statement rug which will bring life to your room.
Having the perfect rug underneath your feet, dining table or under your sofa is a fantastic way to show off your interior design skills. If you don't have any feature walls or statement furniture and the majority of the interior is fairly simple, use this opportunity to bring some 'va va voom' to your room!
10. Invest in quality cushions and throws.
Ensure you invest time and effort into selecting your soft furnishings, just as you would for the larger items such as beds, sofas and dining tables. One of the most common mistakes is when most of the budget is spent on all the larger items, the smaller details are overlooked. Save aside a fraction of your budget for good quality scatter cushions, throws and decorative accessories as these items will compliment the overall interior.