While magazines, the internet, and Pintrest offer hundreds upon thousands of ways for modern and
trendy designs, bringing those designs to life is a whole other story. Unless you know what to look for. Interior designer use both experience and a keen eye to details when creating their masterpieces but also charge a pretty penny. Knowing some of the tricks of their trade can help you in having a trendy and modern interior design without an interior designer.
Pick a Color
Professional designers will tell you to always start with a color scheme and build from there. Similar
to creating a palette for a piece of art. You should pick one main neutral color (shades of whites, browns, greens, or even greys) and then a few accent colors. Having one bright color with the others being halfway between that and the neutral make for a well-balanced color scheme.
The height of your furniture will help a space either feel larger or smaller. Lower furniture
creates the illusion of tall ceilings whereas taller furniture automatically makes a room more compact and cozy. Mirrors of varying lengths can also help add to the spaciousness of a room. Full length wall mirrors can feel like they add on a whole other room while several small mirrors make the head-level area ofthe room feel bigger.
Creating contrast in a room will bring a professional aesthetic quality to your design. Contrast can
be made through colors, patterns, shapes, or even types of lighting. By having a dramatic color that stands out among the rest of your palette, you can create a focal point in the room. Varying your patterns such as heavily patterned pillows on a plain sofa or chair also enhances the ambiance.
Finally, natural light versus synthetic will change the mood of the design dramatically. Natural light
brings out colors and patterns and generally makes a room feel more open and inviting. Synthetic light will dim colors and obscure patterns while also creating a more intimate environment.
Finishes and Trims
The details always matter in an interior design. Finishes and trims can add an extra quality to
your interior designs and are an affordable aspect to change. Professional designers suggest adding color to your trims around windows and doors to bring out little “pops” of color. The trim around photographs and paintings can also have a huge effect and help create cohesiveness in a room as well as its color palette.
Finishes on chairs, sofas, furniture, and lighting can often times make or break a design. Consider
what kind of finish you’d prefer whether that be metal, wood, shiny, high-gloss, etc. Try to coordinate this throughout the room. This will allow your color palette to stand out and the room to feel complete rather than haphazard. If you have a dramatic contrasting piece, make that the only one in
the room with everything else having a more consistent cohesion.