Designing a new home can be fun and exciting, but it can also be overwhelming and oftentimes stressful. Many times you just don’t know where or how to begin! Everyone works differently and has their own way of going about the design process. Here are 10 important tips to keep in mind when embarking on your new home project :
1. A home should reflect the person or people living in it.
It is everyone’s personal space. A retreat. A sanctuary. When you step into a person’s home, you immediately get a sense of who the person is, their cultural background, what their interests are, and even what type of person they are. Much like fashion, designing a home is a form of expression. When inviting people over, you are essentially giving them a sneak peek of your life. Rule number one when designing your new space: make sure it’s authentic, and genuinely YOU.
2. Determine what you need.
It is essential to build your home based on how you live, as it must be functional and conducive to your lifestyle. List down all the MUSTs that are important to you so you will know what to prioritize.
3. Put your money in the right places.
Is there a furniture piece you want to invest in? Are the closet cabinets important to you? Or maybe the kitchen appliances? Or how about that expensive accent wallpaper? Make sure to list down the things you feel you would like to invest in. Make a list of those potential investment pieces and work on a budget around it.
4. Study other interiors.
Do a lot of research and create your own mood board. In order for you to design your personal space, you first need to have a good sense of what you actually like and dislike in interiors. Go through magazines or Pinterest away! Familiarise yourself with the different styles and take note of all the elements that you like from your finds. By collecting images of design elements, materials, color, texture, patterns, furniture, fixtures, you will have a better sense of what you are looking for and what your own personal style is.
5. Get professional help!
If you have a full-time job and family to take care of, thinking of every tiny detail of the construction process and sourcing everything yourself can be really stressful… Hire a designer who can put it all together stress-free! Be sure to find someone you feel you can easily talk to and be open about describing what you like and don’t like. If you have a designer friend that you can bounce off ideas from, even better!
6.Bring out your colour wheel.
It never hurts to go back to the basics! When mixing colours in a space, it helps to study the colour wheel and use it as a guide to know what colours complement each other.
7. Pay attention to scale.
Scale is one of the most important things when decorating a home, because scale = balance. Be sure to keep scale in mind when picking the coffee table for your sofa, or the chairs for your dining table. The pieces must look proportioned to one another. Also, keep scale in mind when mixing patterns. Contrary to furniture pieces, you usually do not want to mix patterns that have the same scale as it will feel loud and overdone.
8. Be resourceful.
If you were handed down a family antique piece, DON’T put it in the garage sale without thinking twice. Even if it doesn’t seem like it could work in your home initially, it could potentially be the accent piece that makes your home YOUR HOME. If it needs a face lift, then think of the ways to refresh its’ look. Maybe it just needs to be refinished? Maybe a new paint colour? or new handles?
9. Mix it up.
Don’t be afraid to mix old and new. It makes a space look more interesting when mixing different types of pieces together. As long as you tie them together through color and scale, it will work!
10. Take your time.
It won’t all come together right away. Building a home takes a lot of time and patience. Your home should reflect you, your life, and your experiences throughout the years. What makes a home interesting and unique is when you showcase those special pieces that are linked to a memory. Whether it be souvenirs brought back from your travels, or important art pieces collected over time, or an antique handed down to you…
These are what makes a home special. Take time in finding the right pieces that will fit in your home.
Be patient, collect and have fun!