Interior Design Secrets To Get a Perfect-For-You Home

by Mad About Furniture |3 August 2021 | Blog

Who doesn’t want a home that makes you feel happy, relaxed, and excited to be home, all at the same time -from the moment you walk through the door? Believe it or not, it’s easier to achieve than you may realize! So, if you’re planning on designing (or re-designing) your Costa del Sol home this summer, here’s what the interior design experts at Mad About Furniture recommend considering in your plan:

Colour selection comes first. No, really, forget the furniture (for now) and focus on the colour scheme before anything else. And despite what some others may say, we firmly believe that there is no right or wrong answer here, provided you choose one general colour and stick with it in various shades and coordinating colours, that is! Colour is a great way to express your personality in your home, can directly influence your mood while you’re there, and even influence the perception of size or shape of a given space.

Here’s some tricks of the trade when it comes to choosing and implementing a colour scheme in your interior design plan:

  • Once you have chosen a colour for your design, use a colour wheel to find shades that coordinate well with it. In general, multiple shades of the same colour with a few accent pieces in colours that are on the opposite side of the wheel work well together.
  • In general, darker shades of whatever colour you choose for your interior design work best lower in the room with lighter shades are best placed higher in the room. Keep this in mind when choosing furniture, flooring, wallpaper, and even lighting.
  • “Warm” or “cool” colours can make you physically feel just that, so here in Estepona, Marbella, and elsewhere along the Costa del Sol, you may want to seriously consider cooler shades of your preferred colour scheme to help keep you home feel comfortable all year long. A major exception to this rule may be in your home office, where warmer colours have been shown to be more stimulating, which can help promote productivity.
  • Reds, oranges, and yellows are perceived as closer than they really are, so they can make a room feel smaller, great if you have a large open space and want to evoke a feeling of cosiness. Oppositely, blues, greens, and purples make a small space look and feel larger and airier, a great option for long, narrow, or closed-in spaces in your home.
  • Coordinate all areas of your home in the same general colour scheme, but change up the tones, hues, and shades or use complementary colours within the same colour family to make each space unique and interesting.

Once you have your colour scheme planned out, now’s the time to start shopping for furniture! Here, colour is something to continue to consider, but furniture style, shape, and size also have just as big of a role to play in the overall look and feel of your home. Your personal style and lifestyle can and should also influence your furniture decisions.

Your ultimate furniture choices are distinctly your own (don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!) but here are a few tips to consider:

Choose one central piece of furniture for each room that you can build your other furniture around it. This is usually the largest or most-used furniture piece in any given room (a sofa for the living room, bed or headboard for the bedroom, dining table for the dining room, desk for the home office etc). Make this piece dramatic in some way: extra large, extra plush, with a unique colour or shape, even a unique historical or vintage furniture item that comes with a great story are all fantastic ways to focus your attention and your interior design style.

Generally speaking, don’t have more furniture than you need. But also make sure that you aren’t missing anything essential, either. This might require some planning and introspection into how you plan to use the space, but your home will look and feel better for it in the long run. A holiday home, for example, might benefit better from a sofa bed and extra chests of drawers or dressers for much-needed storage. Making a decorative wall the central feature in a holiday home with wall art or wallpaper can be a great option, too, as you likely wont have too many family photos to hang on the walls. Contrastingly, a family or year-round living home here on the Costa del Sol may want to consider additional shelving or a larger TV unit to display family photos, sentimental treasures, and even toys or games. Light, airy curtains go well here, too, in place of shutters, since you won’t be needing to close up the house while you’re away.

  • Choose one central piece of furniture for each room that you can build your other furniture around it. This is usually the largest or most-used furniture piece in any given room (a sofa for the living room, bed or headboard for the bedroom, dining table for the dining room, desk for the home office etc). Make this piece dramatic in some way: extra large, extra plush, with a unique colour or shape, even a unique historical or vintage furniture item that comes with a great story are all fantastic ways to focus your attention and your interior design style.
  • Generally speaking, don’t have more furniture than you need. But also make sure that you aren’t missing anything essential, either. This might require some planning and introspection into how you plan to use the space, but your home will look and feel better for it in the long run. A holiday home, for example, might benefit better from a sofa bed and extra chests of drawers or dressers for much-needed storage. Making a decorative wall the central feature in a holiday home with wall art or wallpaper can be a great option, too, as you likely wont have too many family photos to hang on the walls. Contrastingly, a family or year-round living home here on the Costa del Sol may want to consider additional shelving or a larger TV unit to display family photos, sentimental treasures, and even toys or games. Light, airy curtains go well here, too, in place of shutters, since you won’t be needing to close up the house while you’re away.
  • Choose furniture that compliments your lifestyle. Do you host a fair share of dinner or drinks parties? Invest in additional chairs, side tables, even a home bar with bar stools. Work from home? An office desk and chair are obvious furniture needs, but don’t forget about a plush chair to relax in after a long day or for a mid-afternoon moment of ‘me time.’ Love outdoor living (who doesn’t?), there are plenty of outdoor sofas, sun loungers, and outdoor dining sets to meet whatever functionality and style needs you may have and should be included in your interior design planning.
  • Fit your furniture to your space. Large homes can generally have larger or more dramatic furniture in them, while smaller homes may want to consider multi-functional furniture options. Bespoke furniture that perfectly fits any space for size, shape, and even style are a fantastic furniture option, too, if you’re able to invest in it.
  • While most people know that white furniture can make a small room feel bigger or a dark room feel brighter, you can also get the same effect with generous use of mirrors, metal, or glass furniture that reflects light around the room. Play with these elements until you get the balance of airiness and cosiness that feels best to you.

Feeling overwhelmed? Take it one step at a time and feel free to take your interior designing slowly. There’s nothing wrong with trial and error! If you’re in a hurry or just want to make sure everything is done right the first time, though, don’t be afraid to get an expert involved. Here at Mad About Furniture in Estepona, Spain, we have trained and experienced interior designers on our permanent staff who can help you plan and execute your interior design needs, whether it’s for one room or your whole house. Better still, our interior designers work for you for free. Yes, you read that right: interior design services at Mad About Furniture are completely free! Free measuring services, too, so you can relax and enjoy the interior designing of your home to the fullest. Check out some of our design inpiration ideas online or get in touch to discuss your wants and needs so we can create a unique mood board just for you!

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