A self-build is the ultimate form of self-expression. It allows you and your family to live in a home that is well and truly yours. It enables you to build with your exact needs and preferences in mind, rather than the needs of a property developer whose primary goal is to turn a profit. You’ve worked long and hard to transform your new home from a set of blueprints in an architect’s office to a standing testament to your ingenuity, imagination and passion. So, now that your new dream home has been built… What about the interior.
Once again, this is the perfect opportunity to embrace your own idiosyncratic style. It’s a chance for you to create a home where you can be at your happiest and most relaxed. Far be it for us to tell you how to decorate your own home. It’s important to be true to yourself and decorate in accordance with your own personal preferences. It doesn’t matter if you prefer bold or neutral colours. Whether your tastes are contemporary or traditional (or something more eclectic).
However, for your interiors to be at their best, you might want to keep these core principles of interior design at the forefront of your mind…
Proportion and scale
Proportion and scale help you to get the most out of your available space. The distance between objects, their relative size to one another and their size and positioning in relation to the space itself are all key aspects of interior design.
Proportional relationships can be pleasing to the eye, or they can be jarring, which is why they need to be carefully considered in the planning stage. The ancient Greeks had a kind of golden ratio for calculating this. Essentially, the ratio of the smallest section to the largest section should be the same as that of the larger section to the whole property.
Even if you’re a consummate minimalist, your design concept needs certain points of emphasis in each room. These anchor your design concept and keep it from looking wither haphazard and random or just plain boring. It can take the form of a statement wall decorated with bold paint, statement art or eye-catching furniture pieces. But interior without emphasis can look deathly dull and have a lack of…
Whatever concept you choose, the way in which all the component elements fit together creates a sense of harmony throughout your home, unifying your concept. That doesn’t mean that you can’t have discordant elements here and there with divergent colours, tones or textures. It just means you have to find ways of using them to add emphasis to your overall unified concept.
You could be forgiven for thinking that balance and harmony are the same thing. However, balance is more about equalising the visual “weight” of objects within a living space. It’s about symmetry, and radial balance which considers the spatial relationship of objects in relation to a central focal point.
Wherever your interior design tastes lie, keep the above in mind for unified design concepts that flow beautifully and help you to feel more at home in your newly built property. Need help from the experts, then feel free to get in touch!