How To Make Your Home Look Like You Hired An Interior Designer

Here’s a great article for all you novice ‘wannabe Interior Designers.’
Not everyone can afford to hire an interior designer to come into their home, guiding all their design decisions. Some of us actually want to be the one who makes our own design decisions, using our own individual style and preferences.

The Writers at Freshmen ask a very poignant question – How can we get the inspiration to take our interiors from boring to beautiful— without the expense of a professional designer?

Let’s look at some tips to help you begin organizing and designing your rooms into a space that, until now, you thought only an interior designer could create. Follow these tips and you will begin to notice your friends sneaking a peek into your phones contact list, looking for the number of your interior designer. Whether you want your interiors to look like a luxury hotel or just jazz up your interiors, these tips will help. Shhhh… it’s our little secret that you did it all by yourself.

This room definitely looks like an interior designer has been here. Image Source: Elizabeth Gordon

Magazines And Design Websites Are Full Of Design Inspiration

There is a reason for all the avid ‘Pinners’ on Pinterest — people crave an amazing home interior. As most of us have already discovered, decor websites can spark a flame of creativity that we never knew we had.

If you have not already begun to create inspiration boards for your homes decor, then begin now — this is the first step to creating the home you desire.

Go onto Pinterest to search for home styles that appeal to you, or go onto Freshome and use the “Collect This Idea” button to gather design images that excite you, or simply grab some design magazines and cut out pictures that speak to you.

After hunting and gathering for creative images that inspire you, step back and look at all that you have collected — this should tell the story of your design style. You may be surprised at the style you crave to create.

Collect decorating ideas via online magazines and decorating sites. Image Source: Charetteid

Color Schemes: Use Three Colors Or Shades

Now that you have a good idea of a style that you hope to call yours, you need to choose a color scheme. This is the tough part. Color is so personal and creates moods within us that inspire. No matter what, choose the colors that call to you. Look at your inspiration boards — what colors are prominent in the rooms you saved?

We won’t tell you what colors to choose, but we will tell you to try for a mix of three colors or shades. One main color for walls, another color for larger accents such as couches and chairs, and then a third color that pops in smaller accessories such as flowers, pillows and knick knacks. Remember color is influenced by how much light you bring into your home. Consider using floor to ceiling windows to enhance your interiors to bring out color too!

Let’s say you choose a color combination of brown, teal and tangerine. A shade of brown would probably be the wall color, teal may be the color you choose for accent chairs or an accent wall, and tangerine could be the color you pull out in pillows and accessories. This formula of three colors works in any combination. Just remember, three is better than one or two, as a room done in one color is boring. Yes, you can have an all-white room but with three shades of white.

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