A guide to designing the ideal living space for interior design beginners

A guide to designing the ideal living space for interior design beginners

We could probably consider interior design a bit like marmite. You either enjoy it or find it a chore that you’d prefer not to do. For new homeowners who aren’t entirely sure where to start, they can become frustrated with their inadequacy to be able to create a vision. With so many trends out there, it can be difficult to infuse your ideas into one that you’re happy with.

Sometimes, we all need a little inspiration from somewhere to get the ideas going. It’s easy for disagreements to be made just so you can create the perfect setting. What you can definitely agree on, however, is making sure the basics are covered when it comes to interior design. Here’s a guide to designing the ideal living space for your home.

Choosing the right furniture

The furniture is probably one of the most important aspects to consider when designing your living space. You want to make sure that it doesn’t cover too much space and the style of the furniture is exactly what you want it to be. It needs to be able to perfectly match the theme of the room, so have this considered from the beginning.

Choosing a designer sofa could be the centrepiece for your living room. However, be sure that it’s not too large and the design matches well with the rest of the room. The same goes for the remainder of the furniture too.

Picking the ideal rug

Even if you have carpets fitted in your living room, adding a rug to the floor can add a little personality and bring something different to space. They tend to work perfectly when they’re situated beneath a coffee table, but you can also have it allocated under the sofa. The most important aspect is ensuring the size of the rug fits perfectly with the rest of the room. As a guide, you want at least 15-20 inches of floor showing between the rug and walls around the room. 

Designing the walls

There are several ways you can help to spruce up your walls. The traditional method would be through wall art that can hang perfectly on your wall. Alternatively, other ways to give your room life are bookcases, shelves and unique pieces of wall decor. 

Have a browse around for the different styles to suit your theme. Wall art can be a nice feature to any room when the right image is displayed, but does it really have the emphasis that other wall decor could provide? Research different display art available and discover inspiration for your room to prevent your walls from looking bland and bare.

Playing with lighting

It can be a rather difficult task trying to compliment your living room with your living space. You wouldn’t want any areas of the room to be inconsistent with lighting or appears too bright that it prevents you from relaxing in your favourite room in the house.

A good tip is to provide your room with multiple light sources so different moods can be created around significant areas. Rather than focusing on the central light in the room, consider additional lightings such as floor lamps or table lighting. These can be particularly effective when trying to create ambient lighting during the evenings.

Selecting the right paint

Probably considered the most important part of designing your living room. It can be one of the most complicated parts of designing your living. Choosing the colour of your paint will set out the rest of the theme for your room. 

One of the major factors that can influence your choice of the colour palette is the size of the room. Choose the wrong choice and your living space could appear small and uninviting. You want to ensure that the room is highlighted to its fullest, so take a look around about suitable colour choices depending on how your room looks. 

Once you have the colour choice set, it can then make picking your designer sofa and wall features far easier.