When you’re building your new home, the best part is you get to design your interiors from scratch. And while choosing one of our amazing home designs means you’re off to a good start, how exactly do you get your new build home looking like it’s straight from the pages of an interiors mag? Our interior design team put their heads together to help you out, coming up with these 10 easy tips to bring out your inner interior designer.
#1 Find the focal point of each room
Before positioning your furniture in any room, find the focal point and build your design around it. Keep furniture away from walls for a more intimate feel and make sure you position a table within an easy distance from each seating area. Before you go on a mad shopping spree, size up your space remembering to leave room for foot traffic. A good way to see how furniture will fit is to use masking tape and mark the floor where you think it will be positioned.
#2 Don’t be afraid to try something new
We recently tried something new in the Ascot at Homeworld Elara, designing the space around dark timber floorboards and boy did it pay off. The dark timber really worked to add bold personality to this mid-century modern interior styling—but don’t take our word for it, check it out yourself.
When it comes to choosing soft furnishings, pick out an item in your favourite colours, a cushion or art or a rug and use it as the inspiration for your interiors. Even if you have corner to corner carpet you can still add dimension and depth to a room by featuring a rug. If you only want to add texture, then choose a one in the same tone as the floor.
#3 Game, set, un-match?
Furniture is often sold as a set—but it doesn’t mean you have to buy it or use it that way. Mix and match your dining table with a medley of chairs or buy a lounge and then spice up the look with a non-matching set of armchairs. Because buying furniture is expensive, a good idea is to spend your money on a large standout piece that showcases your personal style.
#4 Accessorise your kitchen
These days the kitchen is the heart of the home. You can spice things up in the kitchen through your choice of cabinet doors, handles, lighting and bench tops. Coloured appliances and a bowl of fruit can make a huge difference to the brightness of a room.
#5 Don’t forget the lights
When thinking about the lights in a room, add fixtures in layers, starting with your main light before adding accents like lamps, candles or a fireplace. Add dimmer switches to ensure you can change the mood of the room depending on the time of day or event.
#6 Make your space personal
Create centrepieces from interesting objects like your grandmother’s pewter jug, an old telephone or heirloom from your childhood. By adding a little bit of you in each of your rooms you’ll make it fell like home rather than a furniture shop.
#7 Don’t aim for perfection
Things don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful, in fact, perfection can make you feel uncomfortable.
We love the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi which reminds us that imperfection is the natural state of all things and takes the pressure off the need to pursue perfection. A wabi-sabi inspired home is a place for treasured items that evoke memories and carry emotion, not just new things bought to fill a space. It’s an unpretentious way to style your home and makes a home that feels meaningful as well as looks beautiful.
Your home interiors are the backdrop to your life, they’re about the people you care about, the way you feel, how you interact. Rather than striving for perfection, think about creating a relaxed environment, a place where you, your family and friends will enjoy spending time.
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