Studies show that the most popular definitions of a happy home are a space where you feel secure (69 percent), a place for relaxation (64 percent) and a space where you can be free to be yourself (57 percent). When it comes to making a home feel like a home and feel comfortable, interior design is a big reason why.
The interior design industry generates $10 billion annually as homeowners buy living room furniture, do remodeling projects or redecorate to spruce things up in a home. This is especially true of new homeowners. In a 2014 survey, millennial homeowners were just as likely to renovate their homes as other age groups and were driven by a desire to make a newly purchased home their own.
Whether you’re redecorating, renovating or redesigning, here are five tried and true tips to think about when doing interior design in your home.
- Add color: Adding color to a room, whether by adding a new coat of paint or going with a unified color scheme can really liven it up. If you’re redecorating a bedroom for example, consider matching the blinds with the bedspread and maybe a throw rug.
More than one-third of respondents in a 2017 Interior Design Trends survey said they would choose a neutral color palette when redecorating their home. Depending on your tastes, you can color coordinate a room as much as you want and even have a different color scheme for each room of the house.
HGTV offers up several ideas on how to best add color to a room.
- Add texture: Depending on how you want to set up a room, adding texture can add a lot to it. Adding touches like plants or rugs or furniture or a coffee tables puts things in the room, things that people can see and touch.
Click here for more ideas on how to add texture to a room.
- Invest in furniture: A big part of interior design is furniture. In fact, furniture and home furnishing stores generated more than $106 billion worth of sales in 2015. Whether you’re looking for a comfy couch or a loveseat as part of your living room furniture set or vintage furniture for a home office, there are plenty of options available.
Furniture is typically the third most expensive thing people buy after a home and a car and when buying furniture, people look at five key qualities.
- The look
If you’re in the market for new living room furniture, leather furniture is a good option. It’s durable, looks good, is high quality, provides comfort and is well worth the long term investment.
If you’re interested in leather furniture, this guide can help you nail down the perfect piece or pieces of leather living room furniture for your home.
- Hang Mirrors: Mirrors can add character to a room, but keep in mind what they might reflect. Hanging a mirror in the right spot can visually expand a space and can also make a statement in a small space. A framed, full-length mirror for example can add a certain something to that room.
This guide gives some useful tips on how to add mirrors to a room.
- Ask a designer: Interior designers recommend updating a room’s decor every five to 10 years. If interior decorating isn’t your thing, a designer is more than willing to help liven up your home. A designer can give you ideas on what type of style you might want for a house or how a certain color scheme might work in a home.
A good designer is well-versed in all aspects of interior design and will know how to transform your home into a look you’ll love.
If you’re looking to hire an interior designer, it’s important to know what to look for to make sure you’ll get exactly what you’re looking for. A home is a place to rest easy and feel comfortable and the right interior designer can liven up your home and make you feel at ease.