There is a plethora of information out there about the latest home design trends. So much so that it can be a little intimidating when it comes time to update your home decor. Fortunately, making your interior design sparkle is often a matter of lighter touches rather than sweeping changes.
In this post, we will identify several small changes you can make to your home interior that will have a transformative effect on the way your home looks and feels.
Use original art to create a focal point: One of the most commonly overlooked principles of home design is the idea of creating a focal point. Having one unique feature that will draw the eye is infinitely better than a room crowded with unique items, each vying for the eye’s attention. A bold and unique piece of art is one of the best ways to create a focal point. In a recent Houzz survey, 22% of people reported using art prints for this reason, while only 17% preferred original art. But while the latter group might be in the minority, there is an inherent value for hanging original art. There is something magical about the way being able to see individual brushstrokes captures a person’s attention.
Create layers of lighting: There are three main types of lighting: ambient, activity, and accent. While many people use only one, maybe two of these, the best home design comes from a combination of all the types of light. This helps to add texture to your space. The different degrees of light and dark create a unique visual aspect to a room. While it is a small touch, often as simple as adding an accent light beneath a painting or task lighting by your favorite reading nook, it can have a transformative effect on your space.
Add a little whimsy: Too often, interior design is undertaken with the same solemn focus as heart surgery. The truth is, taking home design trends too seriously can leave your home feeling cold and impersonal. If you are feeling your space is a little too sterile, consider introducing some whimsy.Adding whimsy is, almost necessarily, difficult to define. Rather it falls under the umbrella of “I know it when I see it.” Unique accessories or unexpected table top accessories are often great ways to inject a little bit of fun. What you should be aiming to do is find something that is both surprising but also perfectly at home among the rest of your items.
It’s the little things that can make your interior design stand out, not the latest home design trends. Small choices like focusing on a single accent piece, subtly adjusting your lighting, or adding a playful touch or two can go a long way in recreating your home.