Finding the perfect styling elements of your new home shouldn’t be a chore – it should be an enjoyable experience where you build a wholesome space that you adore for years to come. After all, this is where you relax at the end of the day or entertain your family and friends. You want an aesthetic that truly reflects your personality and welcomes your guests.
Despite the many options available in the world of home designs, it is worthwhile to work through them and produce a stylish, sophisticated home that you, your friends and family will absolutely love. In this article, our team focus on 9 tips for showstopping interior design to help you get started.
Ready to start transforming your home? Our expert consultants are here to offer tips and advice that will have you saying, ‘I can’t believe this is really my place.’
Here are a few interior design ideas for styling your new home:
Following your favourite design influencers and brands on social media is the perfect way to keep up with trends and gain inspiration. These people are both trained and experiment with new design options for a living, so it also allows you the opportunity to get a firsthand look at the options available to you when applied in real-life situations, removing a lot of the risk involved in trial and error.
The best way to keep track of the design elements and looks you like is to create a mood board. For a fully cohesive look, it pays to do your research and see what goes together throughout either your entire property or at least in each individual space.
Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration and keep a list of the design pieces you like. If you’re more old-school, why not keep a scrapbook or set up a corkboard where you can cut out and display images from magazines? If you hang this in the room you’re transforming, this is a great way to match your colour schemes and see if your ideas fit the overall aesthetic of the room.
For a chic, clean look, clear your surfaces of any unnecessary scraps and replace them with indoor plants. Indoor plants are all the rage right now, and with good reason: not only do they add a continuous splash of colour and life to your home, but they are also very good for you. Indoor plants filter out air pollutants and lift your mood – something that shouldn’t be passed up if possible.
If you don’t have a knack for gardening, use hardy green varieties like a Peace Lily or Devil’s Ivy. If you don’t think you could even keep them alive, you might want to consider some excellent, almost lifelike fake plants – of which there are many available nowadays.
When it comes to interior design ideas, purchasing vintage and second-hand ornaments allows you to introduce unique, character-driven pieces into your home. Furthermore, recycling old pieces and giving them a second lease on life is good for the environment and your wallet. You’re guaranteed to end up with some stylish pieces that will differentiate your interior from others.
Check out your local op shops and head down to the occasional garage sale or auction. You can find plenty of good items on sites like Facebook (buy and sell market), Gumtree and, of course, eBay. Just ensure you are looking in your area for larger pieces to avoid paying expensive shipping fees.
Have you ever considered tweaking your current pieces to give them an extra style boost? They might only need a little rejuvenation to totally change their aesthetic. Can your existing furniture use a bit of a touch-up? Is there anything that can be reused or, better yet, revamped?
Bring your coffee table back to life with a little sanding and varnish. You could even paint it or apply some resin art to give it a whole new vibe. You can completely change the style of an old bookshelf or cabinet with a simple coat of paint. If you don’t know where to begin, or don’t have a whole lot of faith in your ability to salvage old pieces, you can find endless design ideas with a simple Google search, and before you know it you will become a DIY custom interior design pro.
Investing in a couple of statement pieces can instantly lift the overall look and feel of your room. The key is knowing where to splurge.
You might choose a piece of artwork, a wall hanging or a really good sofa to act as a centrepiece and add extra flair to your space. This will instantly affect how you feel about the room overall and make your surrounding pieces feel that little bit more extraordinary.
For simple house design, one of the easiest ways to lift the look of your space is to give your walls a fresh coat of paint or add a feature wall. This way you can transform the room by adjusting your overall colour scheme.
Check out what’s trending or in season – you can go for bright, bold colours to make a statement, or something a bit more subtle and refined. You might also choose your colour palette to reflect the seasons. Whatever you choose, it will breathe new life into your interiors and be as good as a sea change.
Changing up your fabrics and cushions is another quick and easy way to change the overall atmosphere of your interiors, especially when it comes to reflecting the seasons.
Don’t underestimate just how much of an effect this can have. By switching up your cushions and adding a classy throw, you can take a sterile room and make it extra cosy through the winter – or choose lightweight materials for an easy, breezy feel in the summer. Your local homewares stores have some great options for everyday living that can give your home a chicer look.
Another way to instantly transform the look and feel of your home is to update your flooring options. This doesn’t have to be an extensive task, as there are all sorts of eco-friendly options on the market now that give the appearance of real timber, hardwood floors, while actually made with laminate and recycled materials.
It pays to do your research – though our consultants are also on hand to offer expert advice and recommend on-trend looks from the best brands in the industry.
Our interior design services take a holistic approach by pairing you with our expert design consultants, who will work with you step-by-step to achieve your dream look for your home. Get in touch with our team today on (03) 9553 9823 to arrange a one-on-one consultation.