Interior Design Building Blocks: Here’s How to Design Your Space Like The Pros

Successful interior design can be very easily done, or it can be very difficult. For you to succeed in getting the look you want, patterns, colors, and even the size of the room have to work in a harmonious balance. Achieving this balance takes time, patience and a little pre-planning. Otherwise, the entire room, or the whole house, will look horrible.



Choosing the right colors is the first step. Many studies have been done on the use of color and moods. Cool colors, like blue and green make a person feel more relaxed, and offer a calming effect. Hot colors, like red and pink have an exciting effect, making a person feel more energized. You have to think about the use of the room, and whether to go with hot or cool colors.


Shades and Tints.

A shade is made by adding black to a color, making it darker. A tint is made by adding white to a color, making it lighter. As a rule, dark colors make a room look smaller, and lighter colors make a room look bigger. You have to look at the room, and decide if you want a bigger or smaller feel. A larger room appears more spacious, whereas a smaller room appears more cozy and niche-like. You have to adjust the color blending accordingly to what you want the room to feel like.



Wood always adds a certain charm to a room. No matter what style, wood brings a bit of nature into the indoors. For example, wood dining tables add a more attractive and warm feel than a cold steel table. Also, wood can be used extensively as trim work, such as where the walls meet the ceiling or the walls meet the floor. A chair rail also adds a distinctive touch to a room. When using woods, bear in mind they are like paint. The darker the wood, the smaller the room will appear.


Time Period.

Finally you have to think about the time period you want the room to be in. Some rooms look like they came straight out of the 1700’s. Other rooms may look like Swedish Modern, with light colors and woods used extensively. When choosing a time period, it’s unwise to mix styles. For example, you would not mix a china cabinet that is 18th century, with a Modern table. You want the whole room to reflect what time period you chose.

You have a lot to think about. From ceiling, wall and flooring to the overall colors, it can be challenging. However, it becomes easy if you break it down step by step. First, think about the time period. After that, start thinking about what you want to viewer to feel as they enter the room or house. Finally write down your plans and put them into action.