How to be Your Own Interior Decorator

How to be your own interior decorator

So your home’s ready for an interior makeover, but you don’t want to pay professional interior designer big bucks to do it. That’s fine — you don’t have to. By following these simple tips, you can stylize any room in your home without the help of a professional designer.

Go Shopping – First things first, go shopping. No, we don’t mean grocery shopping or to the mall. Go to a local furniture store and just browse. Don’t buy anything; instead, just take note of the styles you’re attracted to. Pay attention to the styles that catch your eye. If you can identify the styles you’re attracted to, like modern or vintage, it will be easier for you to match paint and decorations when you go to buy them in the future. Don’t force yourself to love a style you’re not naturally drawn to; doing so will only make the process more difficult for you.

Choose Your Colors – After you know what style you’re going for, you can then decide what color paint to buy. Yes, you should re-paint; a fresh coat of paint can have a dramatic effect and will make the room look new and updated. Stay true to your style when you’re choosing colors. If you’ve decided to go with a modern or contemporary look, focus on bright, eye-popping colors like blues, greens, reds, and purples. If you’ve fallen for the vintage look, focus on picking colors that are lighter, like light blues, grays, whites, and light browns. If you’ve chosen something more specific, like Mediterranean, for example, choose golds, deep browns, and other earth tones to adorn your walls.

Complimenting Hardware – Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to purchase all new furniture once you’ve decided to switch up your style. Unless your furniture or cabinets are really worn out, you can update them just by replacing the existing hardware! For example, if you’re going for a vintage look, why not replace those old brass or plastic hinges with hand forged iron ones? Adding iron hardware to the furniture, cabinets, and doors will really pull the whole theme together and make everything look polished and professional.