June 23rd 2011

Top 6 home design tips

Does your home need a change but you don’t know where you begin?

Homes can benefit from a tweak here and a little change there… and it’s really easy, too.

Here are our top six home design tips, specifically designed for beginners (okay, okay… pun intended).

Set a Budget

Be sure to give your wallet a look over and choose a budget that is realistic for what you want. Factor in what you need done professionally, and make wise choices of when to decorate or redecorate. Winter, for example, is slow for most professionals, so they often offer various forms of savings. If you aren’t hiring anyone but want to save some cash, fill your home with some timeless pieces, using cheaper items to add oomph when the mood changes.

Make It Flow

Look at all of the rooms in your house as a whole, and be sure to relate to them to one another. You want each room to flow cleanly into one another. They don’t necessarily have to match; in fact, different tastes per room allows for creativity and originality. But instead, it will create a sense of continuity leaving clean lines and a smooth design.

To create this, use similar elements in spaces that relate to one another, such as a single wall colour on one level of the house or textures that are close to one another.

Be Creative

Take a few moments to get inspired and collect elements you want in the room. Look for paint chips, photos of furniture, and fabric swatches, and use some different combinations to bring them altogether. Always have them on hand when you leave the house for home shopping, so you’re sure to buy in the right colour or style.

Plan Your Space

Look for items that make beautiful rooms and are functional, too. Furniture shouldn’t be crowded, and useful, too. In your TV room, for example, if the TV is the main event, then make sure that seating to it is obvious. In the kitchen, have shelving within reach. In your dining room, ensure there is room to pull those drawers out of the buffet.

Give It Colour

When choosing paint colours, keep in mind factors such as lighting and natural light from windows. Different lighting will make the walls and other painted items look very unlike one another. If you aren’t sure how it will go over, look for sample containers and give your walls a small douse. Check it out at different times of the day, and see what looks best.

Don’t forget to also ask the folks at the paint shop what finish is best for your walls, for example flat versus high gloss.

Go for the Details

Look at the little things to really make a big difference. For example, gorgeous and detailed handles and knobs can bring an old cabinet to a new level. Hardware, lighting, artwork can make a load of difference, giving each item a personality of its own. Invest in the small details without spending a fortune on the large ones.

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Andrew loves art and design, and pursues his studies in his final year at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He loves seeking out new artists and giving them their dues, and in his spare time, focuses on his own abstract sculpture.