We have compiled a list of 60 DIY (Do It Yourself) interior design tips to help you improve the interiors of your home without spending a lot of money and fortune in the process.
New homeowners spend so much time and money making their homes attractive from the outside that they almost forget to focus on the inside. The fact that your home is beautiful from outside will mean nothing if it’s boring and unattractive once your guests get inside the house.
A great home design in the modern world should take into consideration the interior aspects and as well should not be expensive but reflect class.
Entire home interior and bedroom area
Habit of cozy up to the walls?
1. To start with, it’s a common myth among casual home owners and even professional designers that pushing the sofa and other furniture against the wall tends to make the room look bigger. This isn’t necessarily true. Don’t be afraid to reposition your articles more centrally. What is most important is to place your belongings in such a way to allow for an easy flow of human traffic in and out of the room. This grants the room easier movements and accessible to all.
Experiment with color
2. When it comes to choosing the colors for the walls and ceiling, you can select three colors or shades to obtain the best results. Remember that the choice of colors matters a lot in setting the right mood. If you are not confident with the choice of the color, you may want to seek advice from color expert.
3. Adding texture to your house is equally important, particularly if you have a penchant for a single-color system. The selection of window curtains should be done carefully so that their color goes well with the colors of the walls.
4. Warm pastels, soft blues and faded greens all lend subdued air universality to a room. Generally, the objects in the room themselves may be aesthetically contradicting, but not the color of the walls. Something you might want to consider that painting your walls in bold colors, on the other hand, work best in making your house more attractive, to your guests as well.
Think outside the box
5. There’s no reason why your bedside table wouldn’t look good in your living room. Rearrange your belongings as per your tastes, not as per what the belongings are meant to do.
6. Reclaim half your living room and turn it into a study, or invade your kitchen with a foosball table. Among the infinite permutations and combinations out there, you never know which one might strike a chord in your heart.
Do not let yourself be limited by the social definition and usage of item. Trying something new may work well with your interior home designs.
7. By considering the time of day which the room gets the most sunlight, you will be able to choose a hue that maximizes brightness and gives the cheeriest effect possible. Consider the amount of natural light a room gets before painting it. It is essential to choose the best color scheme when planning a design of space.
8. Provide the room with a tasteful, well-balanced appearance by understanding which colors are complementary and which one’s clash. Also, you should prevent using lots of very bold colors in one room.
9. Avoid trying to prep the area and get it painted all in one day. Trying to cram everything in will only leave you feeling rushed, which in the end can lead to a bad paint job. It’s a better idea to set aside a separate day when you can do all the prep work for painting. If you don’t use the room much, this can even be done a few days ahead. Prep work should include such things as taping the walls, moving furniture out of the way, laying down drop cloths, and gathering any painting supplies you might need.
10. Don’t try to paint over damaged walls. The first step in any painting project is to look over the walls and fix any cracks or holes. It’s not very difficult to fix any cracks and holes; all you need is a drywall kit and some sandpaper. Be sure to do this at least a day before you paint. That way the drywall plaster will have some time to dry, and you’ll have time to sand down the area as well.
11. Choose the best brushes for the paint job. Natural bristled brushes always work best for oil-based paints. On the other hand, for water-based or latex paint, synthetic bristled brushes are best, as they will give you an even coat. For large areas, you want to use foam rollers on the walls. You’ll also need smaller brush to paint around the windows and trim.
12. Always use a primer to achieve better results. A primer will make the paint go on a lot more smoothly. Furthermore, it also helps you avoid any possible tainting from the previous wall color. You might even consider having your primer tinted to match your base coat color. Often, this will help you avoid having to put a second coat of base color on the walls.
13. Be sure to use painter’s blue tape for any areas that you don’t want to get paint on, such as doorway frames, trim, and windows When this tape is applied to a smooth surface, it won’t let the paint seep through to the areas underneath. After the paint dries, simply remove the tape. The nice thing is, you don’t have to worry about any of the paint coming off with it.
14. Keep plenty of old rags around for any mistakes you might make. When painting, it’s inevitable that you will drop some paint on the trim or hit something you shouldn’t with a brush. Ensure an even coat by keeping your strokes even when painting. To this end, it’s important that you have plenty of natural light in the room. This way, you can see where you are painting and any areas you might have missed.
15. If you don’t have space to store a large paint that has remained after the painting job you can then pour the leftover paint into a glass jar with a tight lid and store it that way. The jar then needs to be labeled with the exact color of the paint, the date, and the room you used it in.
16. Consider which paint finish to use. Matte or flat finishes hide wall imperfections, wall bumps or cracks as this finish does not reflect light. Flat Enamel and Eggshell Finish are a few examples. Glossier finishes like Satin Finish and Semi-Gloss will reflect more light.
17. For Ceilings. When it comes to painting interior rooms, the job will never be complete without ceilings. To add drama, try contrasting the color of your ceilings and walls. If the surface is a new dry wall or has a dark hue, apply primer first.
The use of a primer is almost always mandatory in painting job. It prevents stains from seeping through. Also, it allows the next paint to better adhere to the surface. Thus, it keeps the paint job from blistering and peeling. Need help painting? Check our list of painter professionals.
Make space, get rid of clutter!
18. Space is one of the most crucial aspects of home interior. The more space, the more the decorative options you and your designer can consider. A quick and easy way to make space is by getting rid of clutter. Take a long, thoughtful look around the house and get rid of the things you can live without. Eliminate one old house item for every new one that you purchase. Make this practice a habit. Stick to it as your house depends on it, because it does.
19. Clearing up the clutter and transforming your home in the process needn’t be a nightmare, in fact you need to be conscious. If you think you haven’t got enough storage space, then think again. If you don’t need it ditch it, the first step would be to gather absolutely everything that you don’t need and get rid of it. There is no point in hanging on to things that you haven’t even looked at for several years, just in case one day you think you might. Invariably, you won’t.
20. It can be hard to let go of some items, particularly if you tend to hoard things, but the sheer exhilaration of clearing out the junk is more than worth it. Give items away, donate them to charity, sell them at a garage sale or take them to your local recycling center. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure as they say, so pass it on.
21. You may be quite surprised at how much you can gather in only a few years so make a point of having a clear out regularly. It’s well worth it. Now that you’ve got rid of all the extras it’s time to look at how you can display and store everything else.
22. Walls can be space savers Walls are often underused when it comes to saving space. Just look at the amount of wall space there is in your home and start thinking about how this could be better used. For example, shelving is relatively inexpensive, and yet a few corner shelves can be of immense value when it comes to finding a home for everything. Make your motto:
a place for everything and everything in its place
23. If everything has a place then, of course, it will be much easier to keep your home tidy and uncluttered. Shelves placed high up on the wall can be used for displaying items such as photographs, ornaments or plants or anything else that you want to be able to see but don’t need to use.
24. For items that you don’t want to see, consider putting them behind a closed door in a cabinet or a cupboard.
25. Behind closed doors, cupboards, and cabinets you can hide a multitude of sins, but what you don’t want is a closet that you’re scared to open in case the contents spill out on top of you. You can buy clear storage boxes with lids very cheaply that you can then label with the contents and stack them on top of one another. This way, when you open the cupboard to put something away, you will know where it belongs, and it won’t be a nightmare or a health risk.
26. If you have a flat screen TV, then why not considers having it mounted on the wall. Televisions and stands can take up a large amount of space in a room so having it on the wall not only saves space; it is easier to view too.
27. More items that can be placed on the walls are spice racks, soap dishes; electrical equipment, shoe racks, and dispensers. Just use your imagination.
28. If you are choosing new furniture, spare a thought for any space saving aspects it might have. For example, a coffee table with a couple of drawers, a bed that can accommodate under the bed storage, a display cabinet with closed cabinet space too.
29. If your current table has space underneath it, think about investing in a good quality tablecloth that reaches the floor, not only will this act as an attractive feature in your room, it can hide videos or CDs or anything else for that matter, underneath.
30. There are always ways to maximize the use of available space in any room no matter how small it is. Look around your home and identify any area that can be better utilized. Look above eye level to the ceiling and below to the floor, and remember to look underneath pieces of furniture too. Need furniture repair?
You will be pleasantly surprised at the amount of wasted space you already have. And when you’ve made an effort to rectify this, you can sit back and enjoy your new and uncluttered surroundings.
No way you don’t see your furniture
31. The furniture you choose for the interior of your home will have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of the space. Make sure you choose the right size furniture for each room. Pieces that are too big or too small will make the room look disproportionate.
32. Select a look that won’t age. Won’t age? Everything ages, you might think. But that doesn’t mean it should look the part. Examine some of the trends of the seventies with shag carpeting and heavy uses of green and yellow, and you will be able to tell right away that some looks age and age badly.
33. Choose something with a darker look. No, that doesn’t mean invest solely in color, but it does give you a starting point for testing something’s strength. How does it do that? Well, materials such as iron are often darker in color but provide some of the greatest strength and support that money can buy without sacrificing cost or aesthetics.
34. Pay attention to how your furniture would look in the room, imagine it in multiple room if necessary, and avoid future regrets. Settle on an arrangement that maximizes space. Lightweight, and durable is qualities you might want of a good furniture. The ability to shift and shape your room until it is perfect that’s what you want. Instead of changing the furniture, you might just need to change its appearance. Find furniture reupholstery nearby.
And if that look ever grows tired, great lightweight and durable furniture makes it easy for you to be versatile in your styling.
Home interior accessories
35. Lamps, tables, TVs, plants, paintings, pictures, and mirrors are all great accessories that will improve the look and feel of your home interior. Adding a few accessories to each room will add character and help individualize your space to reflect your personal tastes. Be careful though, too many accessories in one room can make space look tacky and overdone. One or two main pieces in each room will be ideal.
Interior lighting systems
36. A good lighting can brighten up entire room which makes the home decoration more visible. You should allocate specific time to change your light bulbs and consult the house electrical connection with electricians. The quality lighting system with good electrical system can last for a long time, especially with the new generations of LED (Light Emitting Diode) systems, which also provides beauty and durability to your interior while saving your electricity cost long term.
37. If you plan to totally change your home decor or improve it to a more latest and most updated style and fashion, always consider the harmony of your lighting system to the interior and new home decoration. Look for color combinations that complement each other.
38. One of the best options for illuminating your home is the natural light. Not all people today consider the use of natural light because of the comfort and convenience that light bulbs offer each day to everybody. Seek for an expert assistance if you are not familiar in this field. To make the lights more glowing and effective, make sure that the windows in your home have sufficient access to sunlight, but not overly exposed as it might cause excessive heat – another problem.
39. A lot of shops and stores offer the latest kinds of lights that are also energy efficient. You might get overwhelmed by many lighting ideas. Remember not to rush in purchasing your lighting system. Think about it thoroughly first, consult if necessary. Lights are part of your home. A single mistake in choosing the lighting style and system could greatly affect the overall appearance, safety and costs of your home.
40. Choose general lighting system if you want to brighten up entire room. If it is too bright, then your option is the installation of light bulbs dimmer. If you are thinking of saving energy, it is best for you to use focus lighting or LED lighting systems. You will not only refrain from straining your eyes, but your working area is also conducive to your work.
41. Accent lighting is another option for creating a more fashionable room with the use of lights. You can use accent lighting in rooms that do not need bright lights such as bedrooms and living room. Accent lighting can bring additional decoration to your home interior. You can place them near a painting, sculpture or vase to emphasize the objects and bring an attractive and catchy effect to your guests.
42. Choose the appropriate kind of light bulb needed in a particular area in your home. If you want to improve your lighting in the kitchen, it is best to use a bright light that can brighten up the whole area. Kitchen needs good visualization as it is the place where activities with various sharp tools and “sensitive” materials takes place (what would happen if you add too much sugar?). Another example is your study room.
You can prevent eye strain if there is a good illumination. Avoid stress to your eyes. Vision is the most important senses to us.
Interior design tips for Bathroom area
43. A well designed bathroom is a huge plus in the creative interior design of your home. First important point to take note here is to pay close attention to the colors and size of the ceramics. Depends on the size of the area, you generally wouldn’t want huge tiles in your bathroom floor or walls.
44. When low on space, cut down on accessorizing the bathroom and focus, instead, on simple themes that will make your bathroom looks smart and attractive. For example, choose your bathroom components based on their horizontal or vertical aesthetics and attractiveness to the eye.
45. As for bathroom colors, it is always advisable to select from the blue to green spectrum.
46. One more simple and inexpensive way to design your bathroom will be to have some wall hangings. You can choose from the wide variety that is on offer nowadays. It could be as simple a thing as a mirror or a simple plant. If you are good at painting, then you can also have one or more painted pictures hanging inside your washroom too.
47. Another key component of modern bathroom interior designs is the flooring. The best options for bathroom floors are stone, mosaic, marble and ceramic tiles. Wooden floors are not recommended for bathrooms. Materials such as stone, marble and mosaic are more suitable for bathrooms because they last longer even if they were to come in contact with water for long periods of time. Moreover, they are also easy to clean and maintain in the long run.
48. Make sure that you get a good number of branded bathroom fittings. They will help you totally change the way your washroom looks. Good options would be the metallic fittings that seem to be the flavor of the season these days.
49. An excellent addition you can also make to your bathroom is a pedestal tub. These tubs give off a classic appearance and are a fine piece of craftsmanship. They can have shower attachments that can be fixed or attached to a type of pole that stretches up from your tub. There are several different varieties of tub outside there, so it is easy to find one that works with your unique taste.
50. Turn your home bathroom functional space into a haven of beauty and relaxation by painting it in attractive colors that suit your fancy. For the walls, take your pick from any paint hue in a semi-gloss finish. Using it helps you deal with problems concerning high humidity, moisture and frequent clean-ups in the future. Make sure that the colors you pick complement the design and colors of your fixtures, lavatory, and toilet bowl.
As you get started to comply with the general rule for painting interior of your house, ensure that your floors and woodwork are duly covered and protected first.
Interior design tips for Kitchen area
The interior design of your kitchen is important to how comfortable your kitchen is because if you find yourself dreading the time of day when you prepare meals then you may have a kitchen with interior design problem. Here are some areas of the kitchen that you can look at to improve it.
51. One of the things that can immediately improve your kitchen functionality and aesthetics is the way your cabinets are designed and the way you use them. If your cabinets are too small to adequately store your kitchen appliances, causing pile ups of jars and pans, then a redesign of those areas is important. For instance, you can opt to use deep drawers to store jars and pans, allowing for easy access, rather than having to hunker down and peek inside the dark spaces of cabinets. Depending on your requirements you may need custom cabinetry.
52. Do you have good time cooking but find yourself uncomfortable because you end up straining your eyes in the kitchen, then the interior design of your kitchen should include attention to the lights. By identifying areas where your kitchen is too dim for comfort, you can decide where to put work light to help you in your kitchen activities. A little light to shine on you can make a big difference while cooking a meal or even simply while doing the dishes.
53. Make sure your kitchen comes with enough lighting. Insufficient lighting will likely make kitchen area look and feel gloomy and cramped. In addition to the main lighting fixture in the middle of your kitchen ceiling, you can also put work lights within the hanging cabinets.
54. For those who are particularly ambitious, reviewing the interior design of your kitchen can result in totally changing the layout. For instance, you may have a galley-style kitchen, which is space-efficient, but this style provides a poor kitchen space if you want to have multiple cooks in the kitchen. In this case, changing the design might include finding a way to increase the size of the space and upgrading to a more open area that can accommodate more people. Thus, you may want to consult interior design studios.
55. Don’t use dark colored tiles in the kitchen area counters. Even though royal blue or black look wonderful, soap remains is very visible in these shades. And what’s worse is that it becomes very difficult to clean once it’s hardened. So, if you don’t have a housekeeper or helper that will clean and maintain the counter-tops every day, much better pick tiles with light colors.
56. The freezer, sink, as well as cooking stove must be arranged well, forming a “U-shape”. The total length of those three kitchen stations really should not be more than 26 feet (8 meter). They should be close enough for ease in cooking food.
57. While re-designing your kitchen layout should address most of your space requirements, sometimes the look alone might do it, psychologically. For instance, if you decide to keep a smaller kitchen, light colors might make the area seem brighter and more open than say, wallpaper with dark shades. The color affects your mind.
58. You can adorn your kitchen with indoor plants, particularly the small ones. Plants always bring a whole new feeling not only to kitchen area but to overall home design.
59. Transform the style of the kitchen using themed slipcovers, window curtains, and table cloth to spice up the room.
60. Find place-mats, dishes, trivets, and bowls along with other utensils that match the theme of kitchen design.
So, whether you make large changes or small ones, review the interior of your home if you’re not happy with it. If you desire to enliven or brighten up particular areas, you can accentuate it using bright colors. Keep in mind that dark colors will likely make room appear small compared to its real dimension.
Color, lighting, then furniture and appliances placement play the greatest role in giving home interior the look, feel, and functionality you are going for. The use of plants and natural elements are great ways to add some dynamism into your design. Many houses in the modern realm have even decided to go ahead with the whole idea of interiors naturality. And plants, even fake, add that nice touch of Mother Nature.
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Do not be afraid to go all the way when thinking about a theme and the most crucial thing when deciding about your home interior design is that you must have a focused concept.
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