10 Decorating Rules Reveal by Top Interior Decorators

Interior design rules for homes are constantly changing. Once upon a time, an open kitchen with an island was the ‘in’ thing. Today, it’s all about sleek kitchens with open shelving. Islands are passe. The truth is if you design your home just to be trendy, you’re likely to either get bored soon or be constantly renovating. That’s why Interior Decorators base their designs not on trends but on the home owner’s personality and a few basic rules. Here are 10 decorating rules you should always remember.

Maintain a central theme

You can have differently painted wall in each room and even give each room a personality of it’s own but all the rooms must be bound together by a common theme. You can’t have room minimalistic and another showing off a bohemian flair. Start designing your home by picking a style and design theme. Think minimalism vs industrial vs shabby chic vs nautical etc.

Think of your lifestyle

If you enjoy hosting large parties but have a formal living room that seat just 5 people, you’re not likely to use the room. Similarly, if you know all the housekeeping is your responsibility, having open shelving is only adding to your work. Match the design of your home to your lifestyle so that it doesn’t just look good, its practical and easy to maintain too.

Bring in plenty of natural light

Lighting is a critical aspect of making your home look good. But, before you start working on lamps and all the varied types of lighting, do your best to get plenty of natural light in. If possible, try and build large windows. Interior decorators recommend placing mirrors across the windows to reflect the natural light coming in and brighten your room. This has the added benefit of keeping your home well ventilated. Also try and make sure there isn’t anything obstructing the path of light flowing into the windows. If you can, try and include windows in your bathroom as well.

Plan for the little things

When you think of your home, you’ll envision sofas, beautiful beds and more. Of course these matter but in addition, you need to plan for the small things. Where is your inverter going to be placed? Where will you store day-old newspapers? What about extra dry groceries? These little details all add up. For example, if you don’t have a place for old newspapers, they’ll probably just lie around and create clutter. As good designers will tell you, the beauty lies in the details.

Use colours to accent

Colour is a powerful tool. It can impact how big or small a room looks. Similarly, the choice and placement of colours can make ceilings appear higher. Colours are also a great way to give your home seasonal looks. Changing just a few cushion covers on your sofa can change the way your room looks completely. It’s ideal for bringing together a festive look in an instant. Choose a neutral base colours and then use bright tones to accent room.

Prioritize quality

When it comes to decorating your home, quality always comes first. It’s better to make accommodations in your design and product choices rather than compromise with quality. Get high quality products, furniture made from solid wood and work with professional who have experience and expertise rather than just low quotes.


Layers are elemental to making homes look warm. Layer lights by having ambient lights paired with accent and task lighting. Layer textures to pique interest – soft wools against warm wood, silks against jute and so on. Layering is important with colours too. Just as it is with floor finishes. The effect layering has on décor is one of the reasons why cushions are layered so beautifully when dressing a bed.

Mix textures

Having a single texture throughout your space can make it look boring and worse, cold. You need to mix and layer textures to create focal points of interest and make the space warmer. For example, layering wood against metal balances warm and cool tones. Similarly, when you place a sleek mirror against a textured wall, you’re mixing textures and creating interest.

Don’t be afraid to experiment

Lastly, never be afraid to experiment with accents. Go bold. While changing paint colours every few months may be tricky and expensive, you can move accent pieces around to suit the season and your mood. Choose large accent pieces that make a statement rather than miniscule pieces that get lost in the room.

Before we sign off, here’s a bonus tip. Interior decorators everywhere will agree, rules are meant to be broken. But, you can go about breaking rules only when you have the right foundation. These designing rules help build that foundation. If you keep them in mind, you’re sure to end up with a home you love.


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