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5 tips for creating personal Interior Design

Updated: Jun 9, 2022

Once you have decided to go ahead with your renovation or redecoration the first question many of us will ask ourselves is - where do I begin?

With such a vast array of styles looks and finishes to choose from, how do you decide what is right for your project?

When it comes to interior design, there is no right or wrong, it’s simply a matter of personal preference and taste, but there are principles that guide the process and can help you when investing in your home.

Here are my top 5 tips for creating a long-lasting personal design:

1 – How do you want to feel in the space?

Before we rush into choosing paint colours or fabrics and wonder why its proving tricky to decide- the part that can be easily overlooked is, how do you want the space to work for you? Are you creating a relaxing bedroom in a north facing room? Or an uplifting office with great natural light? Are you a sociable person who feels comfortable in open plan layouts? Or would you prefer to have a secluded place to retreat to? Thinking about how you want the space to make you feel will give you a good place to start from.

2 – How will you use the space?

This step is significant to ensure the final outcome meets your needs. How do you picture using this space once it’s finished? Are you designing an entrance that will need plenty of storage, a place to put your keys and maybe somewhere to sit? Is the area high traffic? if so, you will need to consider finishes that stand up to daily use. What time of day are you most likely to be in that room? For example, a dressing room will need good artificial light for those dark mornings.

3- Be your own inspiration

It’s really easy to be lured into recreating a look that currently on trend, we’ve all done it, seen a paint colour or wallpaper and tried to bring it into our own homes, only to find that it’s not quite right, or we’ve gone off it shortly after. The advice I give to clients is to look at your own interests likes and lifestyle and take inspiration from there. Are you most happy outside in nature and want to bring some of that into your home? Or do you love the sleek minimalist design of your favourite bar? A good exercise is to look at your wardrobe, is there a predominant colour or fabric? Chances are if you’re comfortable wearing it, you’ll be comfortable living in it too.

4- Create a mood board

A mood board is a quick and simple way to communicate your ideas and goals for a project. In the early stages your mood board can be more abstract, communicating feelings or textures, rather than specific finishes. Simply collecting images and analysing what you like and dislike about them is a great way to spark inspiration and test out ideas.

5-Be confident

All too often we end up with a diluted version of what we set out to achieve because we got scared! It’s important to have conviction in your choices, if you’ve done your research and the end result is more bold than you’d imagined - go for it, you’re creating something you love that will hopefully result in a long-lasting design.

If you’ve got an idea, or are struggling to bring a room together, Studio Jute offer a consulting service that can advise on all aspects of your project, from window treatments to layouts or paint colours. This service is suitable for interior design projects based on the Isle of Wight, or remotely. Get in touch here


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