How To Decorate Your Home Like A Professional Designer

How To Decorate Your Home Like A Professional Designer

Decorating your home requires a relatively large budget to ensure that you have enough money to buy all the different furniture items and decorative materials. More often than not, you will not have enough money left over to hire a professional decorator to help you design the interior of your home to your liking. Luckily, there are a couple of different tips that you can follow to make your home look like it was designed by a professional, without having to dish out money for such an expensive service.

Find the Right Inspiration

The first step you need to take is to look for inspiration. You cannot expect to know exactly how you want your home to look without using the internet for some research. Various websites have different looks and styles. You can find different color schemes, furniture styles, and entire rooms already fully designed. This can help you visualize how you want your home to look, and give you an idea about what you need to look for when visiting stores.

Have the Perfect Color Palette

If you want your home to look well-put-together, it is good to settle on a color scheme that you can work with all across your space. You do not necessarily have to work with this color palette all over your home, but you need to at least settle on a color scheme for each room before getting any furniture. If you do not have a color scheme in mind, you face the risk of getting mismatching items or having to re-do the room more than one time to ensure that it does not look awkward.

Settle on a Clear Theme

Having a clear theme in mind is also going to be very helpful when it comes to making your home look like it was professionally designed. If you have a theme in mind, then don’t forget to look up different real-life applications to ensure that you do not end up with more than you can chew. If you do not have a theme ready, then you can search for themes online, or get inspiration from home styling magazines.

Choose Quality Furniture

It may be tempting to buy cheaper items to fill your home because you do not want it to be empty, and you believe you are getting a good deal. However, a professional interior designer does not just choose furniture that will fill up a room. He makes sure that the items he chooses are of good quality. You also do not want to get furniture that will fall apart after only a couple of years, especially since you will be spending a considerable amount of money on the quality pieces you buy.

Be Functional and Trendy

One of the most important tips you need to keep in mind when you are designing and decorating your home is functionality. You will be using different rooms in your home quite regularly. If you decorate the rooms without considering this, you will find yourself unable to use the room for the purpose you had in mind. This, of course, does not take from the fact that you can be trendy while maintaining functionality. For example, you might not want to get wallpaper because of how it peels over the years. Luckily, there are other alternatives that you can go for. You can choose to get your walls painted in a certain design, or install wet wall panels to get a trendier and more functional look for the room. Do not be afraid to experiment with different options all over your home. As long as you maintain a theme and keep it within the color scheme you previously settled on, you will find great options to choose from.

Use Decorative Elements Properly

Decorative elements are simply items that are used to add a personalized touch to a home. After filling your rooms with furniture and finalizing your wall designs, you can move on to choosing decorative elements. These include mementos, knickknacks, art, and other items used mainly to add a more pleasing visual effect. For example, you can get couch cushions for your couches to provide support for those sitting down and ensure that your couches do not look plain.

Using these different tips, your home will look as though a professional interior designer is the one who did all the work. You can take pride in the fact that you designed your home and made it look like it came from one of the pages of a home styling magazine. Now that you have the basics down, it is time to start looking for inspiration and settling on what you want your home to look like.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).