Make a start
Don’t be timid simply make a start like a pro. The Interior Designer will often use an item or two for inspiration and then work their room scheme around it. Use something you love as your source of inspiration…perhaps a painting (either one you have, or one you’ve seen off the Internet), a lovely fabric swatch, or a decorative object.
Keep it in proportion
If you want a relaxing yet formal look, then you need to consider symmetry in your display. A balanced room says ‘important’. Use your display areas to create that symmetry. When you place objects together they will either work together or not. Keep stepping into and out of the room and see if anything jumps out at you. If it does, take it away and try something else. If may take you a few attempts to get it right, but once things are balanced, you’ll know you’ve got it right.
Many people decide on lighter colours to give a sense of space, however in a lot of rooms the use of colours like Magnolia, can leave a room looking dull, lacking in atmosphere and quite cold. Even smaller rooms can take a bold colour scheme. Try some of the darker greys, and combine with brighter colours such as mustard and cinnamon.
Think about lighting
If you have a larger room, perhaps an open plan space, then the trick is to zone each area with lighting. Take for example a kitchen diner, try having a pendant over the dining table; smaller pendants focussed on an island; and table lamps by a sofa or desk.
Style it with art
Unique and interesting artwork is essential in polishing off a room, so it has a ‘designer’ feel. Not only can art bring colour, but it can also show-off your taste and deliver a focal point.