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Interior design tips: What to do and what to avoid

Have you been considering making changes to your living space but aren’t sure where to start? With so many options and choices to consider, updating your home’s interior design can be overwhelming.

Here are some design tips to help give your home a fresh new look without giving you a makeover meltdown.

Interior design do’s

• Plan and prioritize: Start by creating a clear plan for your space, considering functionality, aesthetics and budget. Identify the most essential elements you want to focus on and allocate resources accordingly.

• Create a cohesive color scheme: Choose a harmonious color palette that’s complementary and sets the mood you want for the space. Stick to a few key colors to avoid a cluttered look.

• Incorporate natural elements: Bringing nature indoors can add warmth and tranquility. Consider using natural materials like wood, stone, or plants to create a connection with the outdoors.

• Optimize lighting: Use a combination of natural and artificial lighting to enhance the ambiance and functionality of the space. Incorporate task lighting, ambient lighting and accent lighting for various purposes.

• Invest in quality furniture: Good-quality furniture not only looks better but also lasts longer. Focus on comfort and durability when choosing pieces for your home.

Interior design don’ts

• Overcrowd the space: Avoid cluttering your rooms with too many unnecessary items. Leave enough breathing space to allow the design elements to shine.

• Follow trends blindly: While it’s essential to stay updated with design trends, don’t feel obligated to incorporate them all. Choose elements that resonate with your style and preferences.

• Neglect functionality: No matter how beautiful a design is, it should also be practical and functional. Ensure that the layout and furniture arrangement facilitate easy movement and usage.

• Hang artwork incorrectly: Artwork should be placed at eye level and should complement the furniture and the overall design theme.

• Rely solely on overhead lighting: Overhead lighting can create harsh shadows and a one-dimensional feel. Mix various lighting sources to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

When it comes to interior design, what matters most is that you create spaces that reflect your personality and make you feel comfortable and happy. These dos and don’ts can serve as general guidelines, but don’t be afraid to bend the rules if it leads to a space that truly resonates with you.

For more information on how to design or construct your home and for a list of local designers and remodelers to help with your projects, contact the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga at hbagc.net.