Interior Design Tips and Tricks to Use in Your Home

When it comes to home improvement, the professionals know what’s best. These are the tips they recommend keeping in mind when taking on a new project.

As summer fades into fall and the weather begins to cool, homeowners across the country are considering what updates they can make to their houses before the chill of winter sets in. However, taking on a home improvement project has the potential to be easier said than done, especially for those who aren’t DIY inclined. But if that’s you, it doesn’t mean that you’re out of luck. There are a few simple tips and tricks interior designers swear by that you can incorporate into your next project.

If you’re not sure where to start, Angela Scaletta, a designer with Dwell Candy, recommends checking out your favorite social media platforms and magazines for inspiration.

“Always start with a concept or mood board. We have so much information available at our fingertips right now; pull photos from magazines, Pinterest blogs and Instagram. Identify the trends and designs that you’re drawn to,” said Scaletta. “Then, the first piece in a room that you should consider is the largest anchor piece—the sofa, dining table or best. From there, the room will come together much more easily as you layer items.”

After you have an idea of what you want to improve around your home, you can start to map out exactly how you want to make it happen. However, before the process gets overwhelming, there are a few things to keep in mind that will take your home improvement project to the next level.

“There are a few simple tips that all homeowners should be aware of. The first is to not be afraid of mixing metals in your design and décor. Stick with two—one warm and one cool. The second is that a natural material or neutral rug is a great basic in any room,” said Scaletta. “I also always advise to stick with a muted color for walls and sofas, and have more fun with trends and color. It’s easier to change more inexpensive items like table lighting, pillows and other decorate accessories. Lastly, to make a room feel larger and taller, use visual tricks, like low profile furniture, high mounted curtains, mirrors and light colored paint.”

If you’re not familiar with design or décor, it may be best to leave these tips and tricks to the professionals. However, that doesn’t mean that all DIY projects need to be scrapped. Instead of focusing on designing an entire room from scratch on your own, stick to the smaller, personal projects that will make your house feel more like a home.

“I encourage my clients to hire and support trade services as much as possible, from paint and handiwork to electrical work for fixture installation and outlets and a general contractor for bigger projects, unless a member of the household is particularly fond and skilled in that specific line of work,” said Scaletta. “I do, however, suggest DIYing small, decorative projects if I’m working with a crafty or creative client. There’s a real joy in completing a project for your home, and the benefit of saving money makes it a win-win.”

While it’s good to save money whenever possible during a home improvement project, some price tags can’t be avoided. And Scaletta says that’s a good thing—there are some items that are worth splurging on.

“It’s well worth it to spend money on big pieces in rooms in which you will spend a lot of time. A high quality sofa’s life is over twice that of an average quality sofa. Bigger price tags on sofas can translate to higher quality frame and construction, cushions, foam and fabrics. These are ultimately the factors that determine comfort and durability,” said Scaletta. “I also recommend investing in statement ‘wow’ pieces that call to you, whether it be furniture, rugs or art.”