If you are a little creative and have the time to do research, you don’t need to hire a professional interior designer to design your interior. Actually, you need an interior designer only if you have to make structural changes in your house. All other things, you can decide by yourself.
The following actionable ideas on how to design a home without hiring an interior designer will help you to make your home look beautiful without any help from a professional interior designer.
When You Need an Interior Designer?
You will need a professional interior designer to design an interior that makes use of the space in the most efficient ways and enhance your living experience.
Therefore, this list only contains the ideas to make your home visually more appealing. It doesn’t include any tips to make your home safer, more functional or comfortable.
#1 Research and Find Inspirations from Internet
The Internet is a vast ocean of information, and now you don’t have to struggle hard to find amazing ideas to design your interior. Websites like Pinterest and Instagram are really helpful to find interior design images and get inspiration.
These websites can have millions of images related to home interior designing. When you go through these photos, you will begin to form your own new ideas. This is the best way to do the design by yourself.
#2 Plan What You Want to Achieve
If you have a clear idea of what you want to achieve, things will be easier. For example, you need wardrobes for your bedrooms with a distinctive style. Then you can check for cool ideas on wardrobes on the internet.
#3 Head on to IKEA
IKEA is a manufacturer and retailer of high-quality home accessories. You can even find modular furniture which you can assemble and disassemble quickly. IKEA is also known for the premium quality of its products.
You don’t need to hire a professional carpenter to create the desk or cabinets. You can get the parts of these kinds of furniture in the IKEA stores and assemble them by yourself.
Unfortunately, IKEA doesn’t have many stores in India and doesn’t provide e-commerce on their website. However, IKEA is selling thousands of items through Amazone.in
There you can find products like small floating shelves, wall shelves, drawer chest, etc. with excellent design and premium quality.
#4 Hiring Local Skilled Workers If Required
Some works like creating cabinets, desks or wardrobes may require professional help. If that is the case, it is better to hire local carpenters with expertise and experience in building them. Hiring a local skilled worker is less expensive than hiring an interior design and his/her team to execute the work.
#5 Choose Paint Color and Type
You will need to hire local painting workers for this. You can make intelligent decisions about the best color and type of paint for your interior by yourself. You don’t need the help of a professional for that. A half an hour read will give you the basic ideas to choose the best paint color and type for you.
Choose Paint Color
When you choose the color, you need to think about the color psychology. It is not rocket science which ordinary people can’t understand. Here are some of the basic rules for choosing the best colors.
- Choose white, off-white or extremely light colors to brighten up a room
- Choose soft and lighter shades of green or blue colors for the bedroom to give a cozy feeling
- Kitchen and living room require vibrant colors to make you dynamic. So pick yellow, orange or similar colors.
- Yellow can be great for the living room and choose red or orange for the kitchen.
As I always say, look for ideas on the internet and figure out what others do. If other interior designers use this, it should also work for you.
Choose Paint Finishing
Different paints will create different roughness and glossiness to the surface. You can categorize paints as matte, eggshell, low-gloss, and high-gloss based on their finishing or sheen.
- Matte: extremely rough, hide imperfections on the wall and no reflection or glossiness, difficult to clean
- High-gloss: Extremely glossy, smooth surface, highlight imperfections on the wall, easy to clean
Matte and high-gloss are two extremes. You can learn more about the different types of paint finishes or sheen for the interior in this article.
#6 Find Inspirations and Save them for Later Use
As I said earlier, Instagram and Pinterest are two great websites for that.
Under some photos, you can find the details of the material they used. You can mark the images that you like. Different websites have different methods to save images as favorites into our profile. On Pinterest, it is called “Pinning.” You can pin a photo by clicking the small heart icon on the top right left corner of any image you see on the website. This will be saved in your profile as your pinned photos.
After saving these photos, you can show them to retailers in your area or a local skilled worker.
#7 Install LED Strip Lights
If you think hidden LED strips spreading light from behind can enhance the mood and feel of any house. You can get a LED strips lights from local stores or purchase from websites like Amazon. There are extremely easy to use, and you wouldn’t need a carpenter to install them in most cases.
You can easily stick the LED light strips behind the desk and connect the wire into a plug point. There are different varieties of LED strips. Some LED strips have only one light while other can produce multiple lights. You can choose one based on your interests.
Apart from desks, you can also place the light under your bed or behind the TV. You will get more ideas on where to use LED strip lights from the internet.
#8 Get Window Curtains Matching with the Paint
You can walk into a local store and check online to find curtains for your windows that match with the paint color. The curtain should complement with the rest of the interior. You can again go online and find some inspirations for the curtains as well.
Get a Beautiful Couch or Sofa that Blends with the Design
A beautiful sofa or couch that blends with the overall design is a great way to decorate your home. There are different types of couches and find the one that best matches with your requirements. You should also consider the overall space of the living room while choosing the sofa.
#9 Artworks on Walls
You can hang a large artwork or arrange a collection of framed photographs on your wall to create a focal point. Find inspirations from online to group framed photographs on the wall.
#10 Throw Pillows and Area Rugs
Having an area rug in your living room and living room can transform the look and feel of a room. You can also get some throw pillows and use them as accent elements in different rooms.
These are some of the actionable ideas you can do in your home. If you go online and check websites like Pinterest, you can find tons of inspiration.
These ideas will help you to enhance the visual beauty of your home. However, this is not actual interior design. Interior design is about designing to spaces to improve the living experience and beautifying the home is only a part of that.