Whether you are starting from scratch with your self-build home and have a completely blank canvas, or are improving what you already have and are making home renovations, we’re here to help with interior design tips that will transform your property into your dream home.
The most important tip of all!
Before we start making some recommendations it’s important to remember the greatest tip of all, when it comes to your interior design, you should make your home your own!
Don’t follow a trend (or even one of our top tips) if it is not true to your style and what you want your home to look and feel like, otherwise you’ll just waste your time and budget and you’ll immediately want to change it.
Remember, you are the one who has to live with it, no one else.
Work with your blueprint
Adding splashes of colour or pieces of furniture at random is not the best way to make a start as your home could end up looking a little bit like a jumble sale. Instead, start by planning your layout.
Reach for your pen and paper a sketch out your space. Think about how it is going to work best for you. Take this customer’s kitchen, we love how they have created an informal dining area suitable for a quick breakfast before the school run but also ideal for entertaining friends and family. And the oven is perfectly placed ready to serve delicious treats to their guests.
Define your living areas
If you have an open plan living design, be sure to create zones with purpose such as a seating area to relax in or a dining area to entertain in, as this will help to stop your space from feeling like one giant corridor.
You can keep the boundaries blurred by using rugs and furniture or if you’d prefer more distinct zones, internal bifold doors are great for this. We love how this customer has a mixture of both and how their InterFold wooden bifold doors have frosted glass which means they can hide the kid’s playroom from their guests if they don’t have time to tidy before they arrive.
Bold colours and fabrics
Once you have decided on your layout, you can think about colour. If you’re not confident splashing colour on your walls, your furniture and fabrics are a great way to brighten up your home. We love this customer’s bright yellow sofa and how they have reflected the wooden beams in their wooden sideboard. They haven’t gone over the top though, adding neutral tones with their second sofa and shaggy rug – which also adds texture too. This is great for keeping the space light and airy, especially with the added touch of the aluminium fixed glazing on either side of the original window.
Colour is not just for furniture
Bold colours are not just for furniture and if you have a little more confidence when it comes to your interior design, why not choose your favourite colour for your walls!
Add a little colour with a contrasting wall like our customer, Instagram account house_number5, has done with this incredible navy wall in their kitchen. It not only looks fabulous but draws your eye to their new aluminium French doors too, and we love how they have also added burnt orange stools for a further touch of brightness.
Or, if you are willing to go all out, why not paint your favourite colour absolutely everywhere like our customers Louise and Osmaan, of Instagram account homefromhole, have with their snug area where they have not only painted the wall but the ceiling too in a wonderful blue/green colour. We love how the colour enhances their external sliding doors too.
Create a focal point
The easiest way to create a focal point in each room is with furniture and accessories, especially if you are not keen on adding colour to your walls. Colourful furniture like the yellow sofa is one direction to go in but you can also choose more subtle items as this customer has with their grey fabric bed. The touch of sage green behind adds warmth to the room and draws your eye in that direction too. However, we also love the wooden fixed glazing and there is no denying that this creates an additional focal point and lots of natural light!
Think about lighting
As well as making the right choices on where to place your artificial lights, such as above dining areas, it is important to think about natural light too. Of course, maximising your natural light is likely to incur higher costs than adding a splash of paint but the benefits hugely outweigh them.
Rooflights can add a huge amount of light to your home, flat or pitched, depending on which room you are designing and sliding doors are a brilliant option too with their large panels of glass. This customer has got the perfect balance with their layout of artificial lights and aluminium sliding doors – we just love how much light there is!
Bring the outside in
A big trend when it comes to interior design is connecting your indoor and outdoor spaces and there are a few different ways to do this. One option is to bring the outside in with lots of plants and natural materials. We love how our customer Laura, of Instagram account lauraccrombie, has added natural touches of wicker in her kitchen with her light shade, her placemats and her stools.
You can also connect your inside and outside with matching flooring. Pick patio tiles that match the tiles of your kitchen/dining area as this customer has, and this will create a seamless transition between the two, connecting them beautifully. We also love how this customer has added aluminium bifold doors to open up and connect the two spaces even more.
We hope our interior designs tips have given you some food for thought when it comes to transforming your home. For more inspiration, why not check out our other blogs:
- How to create an Instagrammable home
- How to bring the inside out and the outside in
- Patio door blogs
- Windows blogs
- Windows and door materials blogs