Believe it or not, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to decorating your interior. Just put your creative hat on, and you are good to go! That being said, there are some loose rules that should guide you when refurbishing or decorating your space from scratch. Because, let’s face it, you can easily go wrong if you have no idea as to the general principles to be applied, and what to combine. Translating what you have in mind into reality, if you decide to be your own decorator, may not be as easy as it seems.

LET YOUR INTERIOR TELL A STORY BY REFLECTING A THEME

When decorating, you might want to go with a theme. This reflects a certain interesting appeal that contributes to the general ambience of your space. But you have to be careful. When going with a theme, it is usually tempting to over do things. You want to bring some individuality into it, while being moderate. You definitely do not want your interior looking too cliché or overdone. You could tell a story and make a statement in your interior, but remember that less is more.

CHOOSE A COLOUR SCHEME

Choosing a colour scheme is essential. Before you make your choice, remember that the appearance of colour in your interior depends on how much light gets in. Colour has the capacity to dictate the mood and overall ambience of your space. In as much as you may go for something that calls to you, you may want to play with shades. Choose colours that complement each other, like various shades in the same colour family.

WHEN IT COMES TO FURNITURE, MORE IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER

When you overcrowd your interior, it doesn’t look elegant or classy. Resist the temptation of overcrowding with too many furniture pieces. This does not mean that you should not try mixing your furniture. You could go for a sofa, some club chairs, and an armchair or two. This combination of big and little pieces gives your interior character. But you want to do this in moderation.

ADD CHARACTER BY PLAYING AROUND WITH TEXTURE AND PATTERN

This tip comes in very handy, especially if you decide on a single colour scheme. You do not want a dull or boring look. Textures have a way of making colours appear different, and of adding sophistication to your space. Pattern projects an illustrative perception that appeals. Playing around with texture and pattern by incorporating both in your interior design, creates balance.

 FIND A FOCAL POINT

The most obvious feature in your space will surely draw attention as soon as anyone steps in. Locating a focal point or creating one, can influence how you decorate. For example, if the most obvious feature in your living area is a fireplace or a large window, you may decide to decorate around it and use colours that will project that main feature in your interior