In this digital era of globalization, people are constantly evolving each day in every phase of life. People’s choices have changed over the years and now nobody wants to stay basic. We all dress up good, have access to high-end clothing and make-up brands and are constantly on the run to look good.
Same is the case with our homes. For those of us building new homes, we want the best of everything and make the house look appealing. The ones who haven’t shifted out of their old homes have managed to give it a complete makeover.
All in all, the aim is to have a good-looking house. And that is the reason why we spend a fortune while hiring interior designers. They know the house better than us and give it a twist of style with their creativity.
Left out are the ones who do not want to hire a designer and yet want their homes to look good. If you are one of them, then this article is right for you. Here are some genius secrets that interior designers will never tell you!
Choose a color palette
The first thing that an interior designer does while changing the look of the house is coming up with a colour palette for the entire house. That is exactly what you should be doing too. Take a look at your house and imagine how you want it to be. Whether you want it to be bright and vibrant, or want to keep subtle colours with pastel shades, is completely upto you. Once you know what colours you want, your battle is half won.
Look up and look down
If you want to give the feel of a taller ceiling, go for low furniture and taller mirrors. Build a strong vertical outlook to the room and avoid things that are horizontal in nature. This will add height to your rooms and give it the desired posh look.
Be unique with your showpiece
In case you want to place some really unique showpiece somewhere in your house, make sure that is the point of focus in the entire room and keep the rest of the decoratives minimal.
Mirrors, mirrors on the wall
Statement mirrors change the entire outlook of a room and a lot of your budget is spent on buying mirrors when you hire an interior designer. Find paneled mirrors, tall mirrors and create an illusion of a bigger room. That really makes a difference!
No to Sofa
While you have been made to believe that a sofa is an absolute must to make your living room look cozy, it is time to burst that bubble. A lot of new age interior designers ditch the age old sofa sets and instead opt for intimate chairs or a love seat. Not only does it look better and more personal, it also frees up a lot of space in your living room. You can also re-arrange the chairs everytime you wish to add some twist in the look of the living room.
Mix it – Color it
If you are someone who doesn’t want to settle for the colours that are available in the market, you can go for mixing two colours and creating your unique shade, as most interior designers do. Pick a very light shade of a particular colour and the other should be a very dark shade of the same shade. Mix the two and see magic happening!
Fun with furniture
If you have a smaller room, invest in furniture that have a bigger space to fit YOU. If you are putting chairs and sofas in a small living room, make sure that the sitting area of the chair is more in focus than the armrests and backrests.
Hang on the wall
If you have a beautiful wall hanging that you want to hang on the wall, make sure you hang it low enough, right above the chairs or love seats. If you hang it up too high, the focus of the room will be the blank space in the wall between the decorative and the sofa. Trust us, you don’t really want that!
Scramble your books
A great trick interior designers use is the way they rearrange bookshelves. The best way to rearrange them is to keep a few books vertically next to each other and keep a few others horizontally one on top of another. This creates a perfect illusion of messy and neat at the same time.
Luxury with cushions
In order to make your living room look more luxurious, cushions really help you go long a way. Throw in two pairs of cushions, each pair of a different size and with covers of contrasting colours. You’ll see how far that goes in giving a brand new look to your living area.
Be Different with your dining
You can get really creative with you dining set. Instead of the regular dining table and chairs, break the monotony by doing something really quirky. Replace the chairs with a long, comfortable bench on one side and chairs on the other sides. Or you can pick up two really quirky chairs and place them on the alternate sides and arrange the rest of the chairs with the set as you want. Get as creative as you can.
Few throw away tips
• For people who love history and everything vintage, you can really break the monotony of the vintage feel of a room by throwing in some bright colours. So bring together the history and the present to change the feel of a room.
• While designing the kitchen, try to cover up most of the part with kitchen tiles instead of exposing the bare walls. Even if there are stains, they are easily washable off the tiles. You can thank us later for this tip.
These genius hacks are all secrets rolled up the sleeves of top interior designers that they won’t tell you. But now that you know them, go on and design the house of your dreams just the way you want.