Designing the interior of your home is not an easy task, and if you want to accomplish well balanced design, it's even harder. Throwing together a few haphazard pieces of furniture and accessories doesn't make for good design. Though you don't need to necessarily hire a professional interior designer to rethink your space, it's important to take into consideration the basic ideas of good design.
The way natural light flows into your home is an important part of how you'll perceive your space. Not every home is blessed with natural lighting, and if that's the case with yours, it's wise to install artificial lighting in the right locations. Highlighting architectural feats in your home, collections or just your living room can make a big difference.
Cohesion In The Home
All of the things you collect and display in your home should relate to each other in some shape or form. For example, if you're looking to create a modern country look, there's no reason to place a retro 1970's couch in the middle of your living area. Whether it's shape, era or color that brings your belongings together, the naked eye should be able to find some common ground.
Mixing And Matching
There's no reason that everything in your home should match everything. Just because you want a leather couch, it does not mean you need to get a matching leather recliner and an ottoman. You need to mix and match the items in your space and create a uniform look by bringing each piece together. It's easy to find common ground when you use patterns, textures, and colors to draw attention.
Find A Focal Point
Every room should have a focal point that automatically draws the eye in. For some homeowners, it's a large piece of wall art that they are proud to display, and for others, it could be a large piece of furniture passed down from family members. In any case, it's important to have one main focal point and to make sure that the area surrounding the focal point isn't too busy. For example, if you want to draw the eye to your antique mantelpiece, don't start placing furniture next to it and accessories all around it.
Finding the balance in your interior design does take some practice, but things are easy to move around. When in doubt, you can always move things back and forth to find the perfect combination.