The top Interior Design rules to style your home

When you are looking to style your home like an Interior Design pro, you need to be thinking about these key rules that we swear by to ensure you’ll create that wow factor space that has both functionality and maximum style.

The rules for a successful Interior Design Project

Have you ever been in an environment that instantly exudes an inviting atmosphere, like every element is in perfect harmony? Achieving this level of interior expertise requires more than just an eye for detail. It originates from an extensive understanding of the underlying rules of Interior Design. Leading on from our post pointing out the don’ts of Interior Design we wanted to shed some light on the key areas we consider when creating our projects to help you style your home like a pro.

So how can you incorporate these rules into a successful Interior Design project?


Follow the idea of balance


Balance is a very common feature of most Interior Design ideas. Above all the basic principles of using the idea of balance in Interior Design is the placement of texture, and furniture to create a grounded and inviting space.

To achieve this, ensure you spread out the visual weight evenly across the room. You can experiment with different layouts, such as symmetrical, asymmetrical, or radial, to see which one looks best.

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Define a focal point

Focal Point

An important rule of interior Design is that every room should have a clear focus. As soon as you start focusing attention on a key area it provides a sense of purpose for the room. It can be anything from a design element, a piece of furniture a coffee table, to artwork. You should find a focal point for your room that will anchor all the elements and bring the theme or focal point together.

Scale & Proportion

Dimensions Matter

Overly large pieces of furniture can overwhelm a small room, as well as pieces that are too small and not substantial can in fact look lost in a spacious setting. As a result, even the most contemporary room will either feel cramped or evoke a sense of emptiness.

Consider your furniture’s scale in relation to the room’s dimensions when designing a well-balanced setup to style your home. As a result, you will convey a harmonious living environment.

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    Combining colours harmoniously

    Colour Theory

    In Interior Design, colour theory influences mood and spatial perception. As a result not implementing this practice can allow disjointed and uncomfortable layouts, as tones that don’t complement one another produce visual chaos. For that reason, to avoid this from happening, focus on appreciating the relationships between shades, such as complementary or analogous. Above all your space’s beauty and liveability will be enhanced by choosing a colour scheme that aligns with its atmosphere and function.

    The importance of multiple lighting sources

    Lighting Layers

    All in all it is important to have proper illumination, on one hand for functionality but also to add depth and interest to a space.

    On a whole a lack of it can leave spaces feeling one-dimensional or unwelcoming. All things considered, overall illumination should start with ambient lighting to create a dynamic yet serviceable atmosphere.

    In addition, add task lighting for specific activities and finish with accent lighting to highlight features or objects.

    Layer Lighting
    Consider texture and pattern

    Stimulate more senses

    Texture & Pattern

    Stimulate the senses further: with touch by varying smooth to rough, hard to soft textures. Whereas pattern can do wonderous things for space dynamics. Without this element, monochromatic schemes can feel flat and lifeless, which is one of the key interior design guidelines. Make the space visually interesting and movement-oriented with thoughtful combinations. This will create a cohesive flow that enhances the overall sense of rhythm and invites the eye to dance from one point to another.

    Function is fundamental

    Functionality with flow

    An important aspect of Interior Design is making sure a space is as functional as it is visually appealing. Unless functionality is considered, a room can be beautiful but unusable, undermining its overall usability and comfort.

    Make sure you source furniture and decor that supports the daily activities of the inhabitants. Additionally, make navigation easier by considering the flow of movement.

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