As an interior designer, I often get asked for pieces of advice on how to design a cozy/trendy living space without going broke. If you are wondering if it’s possible?!
Let me tell you that; YES, it is possible to design a space on a budget and make it look like it cost a lot more. It takes some time and some practice but it’s totally doable.
If you want to start designing a living space, whether it’s a living room, bedroom or kitchen, the first questions you should ask yourself is: What’s the space function? What do I need?
Take notes, and yes I am talking about an actual paper and pen. Put all of your ideas together. Make a list of the needs you have for your space. If you need a sitting area, a work area, whatever it is, write it down.
Take a look at magazines, blogs or even catalogs to find some inspiration. Pinterest is my favorite source of inspiration, don’t be shy, use it!
Start assembling everything together, you should have by now an idea of how to set up your space. Place your furniture in a balanced way to distribute the visual weight in your room. Use symmetry to bring a more traditional vibe or asymmetry for a casual interior.
If you are a beginner, there are few things you need to know before starting.
You need to find a theme or style that will act as a guide, so you won’t be lost.
It’s pretty much like when you are trying to put together an outfit. We usually don’t pick the items we like the most and wear them all together, we think about the whole outfit as a totality. A defined style helps create harmony and unity. It can be anywhere from minimalist to shabby chic.
Every space needs (at least) one focal point. The focal point is the first thing that catches the eyes when you walk in, for example, a big painting on a wall, a headboard or a fireplace. It must be dominant but doesn’t have to take all of the attention.
Use repetition of colors, patterns, and textures. Choose a color palette and STICK WITH IT. This can make a huge difference.
Don’t fear contrast! When done well, it can be pleasing to the eye. Having two opposite elements such as complementary colors, or contrasting forms is a great way to add contrast and interest to your interior.
Nowadays, brands that offer cheaper furniture are very popular. One of my all-time favorites is Ikea. Ikea is probably your number one stop for furniture, they are pretty good quality. They have great prices and they always follow the trends. You are very likely to find something you like in your price range.
There are tons of DIY‘s on Pinterest, you can find everything you are looking for. From “how to make your own coffee table” or “How to give another life to your sofa” to some really easy ones.
It’s a great way to add a personalized touch to your home, I really like to recycle furniture and decor pieces, it’s always satisfying to bring back to life an old piece of furniture you were going to throw away.
Finally, the design is all about being open-minded. Once again, there is no rule, what seems beautiful to you may seem awful to someone else and vice versa. So do what makes you happy, let your space reflect your personality.
If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments below, I love reading your comments and replying.
” The details are not the details, they make the design” – Charles Eames.