An empty house is like an empty canvas: the first line is the most difficult to draw. There are so many possibilities and choices when decorating your home. It’s easier said than done, because you probably see the decor in your head, but transposing it to reality is another thing.
We understand all too well how difficult and frustrating this can be at times. That’s why we’ve put together 6 tips to help you make your dream interior a reality. At the end of this blog, you will know exactly what you need to do to achieve the interior of your dreams.
1. Create a Moodboard
Ask a hundred interior design professionals what they start with when they start a project and they’ll all tell you the same thing: make a Moodboard. To make this moodboard you will have to draw on your knowledge learned at school, because there is cutting and pasting work. Look to decorating magazines for inspiration and cut out anything you like. Furniture, colors, kitchens, lamps, fittings, decorations, everything can be cut! When you have a nice collection of cuttings, take a sturdy piece of cardboard and make a beautiful collage that looks like your dream interior.
Extra tip: You can also create a digital mood board, for example on Pinterest or with software such as Adobe InDesign.
This moodboard is not an absolute necessity, but gives you some points when planning your space. At each step of the process, you can return to the moodboard for inspiration. This can help you choose a color for the wall, a sofa or decorations for example.
2. Lay a neutral base with the floor and the walls
Now that you have a good idea of what your dream interior should look like, it’s time to take the first step. While it’s tempting to immediately get involved in all sorts of little details, you have to lay the groundwork first. Our advice: stay neutral with, for example, a wall of a different colour. So you can do an interior renovation in a few years without needing a new floor and a new color on the wall.
A high-quality floor and a neutral color on the walls are the perfect basis for any dream interior. It is important that you pay a lot of attention to this, because a floor is more difficult to replace than a coffee table. Don’t know where to start? Take back your moodboard !
3. Don’t forget to decorate your windows!
Besides floors and walls, there is one more thing that plays a major role in laying a solid foundation: window decoration. This is often overlooked when thinking of a dream interior and that’s a real shame. Thanks to the right window decoration, you can turn an ordinary interior into a dream interior.
There are many different types of window decorations you can choose from. Ultimately, you’ll use your moodboard to find out if the chosen window decoration fits the style and taste you want. Are you looking for a light interior? Choose translucent curtains , as in the photo. Rather a Scandinavian interior? Opt for roman blinds or wooden Venetian blinds . The possibilities are limitless.
4. Buy big furniture first
After laying a solid foundation, it’s finally time to start really decorating. We advise you to start by buying your important furniture. Think sofas, bookcases, chairs, dining tables, beds and kitchens. When you have this great piece of furniture in your home, you’ll have a much better idea of what your decor will really look like when finished. Don’t be afraid to place an eye-catching item or two in your home, such as a sturdy, industrial dining table. An additional advantage: with the addition of this furniture, you can directly move into your new home!
5. Make a lighting plan
Our next tip is to draw up a lighting plan. The light in your home can have the biggest influence on the atmosphere you create in your home. For example, you can opt for a modern interior with cooler light, or prefer warm and cozy light. With the advent of LED lighting, the possibilities are endless.
A lighting plan can be made by taking a plan of your home and distinguishing between three types of light: strong light, medium light and detail light. Strong light is the light that comes on when you just want to have light throughout your room, such as a large ceiling light or spotlights in the ceiling. Medium light is used to illuminate a certain part of your space. Think of the lights above the dining table, or the lamp in the corner of the living room. Finally, use the detail light to bring out the details even more. These can be candles with a picture, a reading lamp or an LED strip above a work of art.
6. Add personal touches
After all, it’s important that you really own your home. You can do this by adding simple decorations, such as potted plants or candles. What’s even better is to add decorative elements that are personal to you. Light up your wall with family photos, or the poster of your favorite movie. Or follow the fashion and decorate your side table with your favorite beautiful books ..